Why there is an increase in the number of taste enhancers? Imagine the expression of a foodie after savouring a sumptuous dish! Even if you are not a foodie you nod in disapproval if the dish you like doesn't taste the way you like it. We add spices while cooking to enhance the taste of the food. Some like very spicy foods while others do not like much spice in their dishes. The taste is always a personal choice and nowadays there are many taste enhancers available to make the dishes even tastier. Health practitioners say that certain taste enhancers are not so healthy and advice us to cautiously use them. Don't worry, I am not going to advise you about the usage of the taste enhancers, rather I will tell you about the change of tastes of the original foods/vegetables. You might have heard people saying that certain foods taste quite different nowadays. I have personally found that the tastes of a few vegetables and meats have changed over the years. Here is an interesting observation that my mother notified me the other day. Have you found that the number of taste enhancers is increasing day by day which is quite evident from the advertisements shown in different media round the clock? My mother found a good reason for the increase in numbers of such taste enhancers. Since most of the vegetables and daily consumables are grown round the year by using various fertilizers there are many that have lost their original taste. I found the taste of cauliflower and cabbages changed a lot. The peas also taste a bit different. Take the case of chicken or mutton. I have heard my parents and relatives saying that the smell of those meats was quite different during their childhood and it was awesome during that period. Now their original tastes have reduced and people became more dependent on the taste enhancers while cooking. That's why you will find many such taste enhancers available in the market. I found her observation quite logical. Or, shall I blame my taste buds? What do you say?