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Despite any adjustments that old age brings to your appetite, some things remain the same. If you have always been cautious about food, no doubt you will prefer a narrow range of meals as you get older; after all, age is a great distiller of personality. But once a foodie, always a foodie—even if you have to trade your salty soy sauce for a squeeze of lemon, your spare ribs for soup dumplings, or your chewy bistecca fiorentina for a more forgiving bollito misto.
Thanks to Dr. Beverly Cowart at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.