Problems with Taste

Frequently Asked Questions

16. How can I improve the taste of food if I lose my sense of taste?

If you lose some or all of your sense of taste, there are things you can do to make your food taste better:

  • Prepare foods with a variety of colors and textures.
  • Use aromatic herbs and hot spices to add more flavor; however, avoid adding more sugar or salt to foods.
  • If your diet permits, add small amounts of cheese, bacon bits, or butter on vegetables, as well as olive oil or toasted nuts.
  • Avoid combination dishes, such as casseroles, that can hide individual flavors and dilute taste.