Cancer and cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy have an impact on taste and the senses. We’ve taught over 700 people and they’ve taught us so much about the effect of cancer on taste. Many people experience a metallic taste in their mouths, a burnt feeling in their throat, or no taste at all.
Life Kitchen supporter Nigella Lawson refers to this as your taste buds ‘taking a bashing.’
On top of the learning from our students, Life Kitchen is also backed by science. Our recipes and ingredients are all developed with Professor Barry Smith, from the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London. We also consult with dieticians and nutritionists to make sure our recipes are nutrient-rich.
Our focus is on giving maximum flavour. We make delicious food that stimulates the palate and the senses. We do this by thinking about five important factors when we’re cooking, those are: Umami, the trigeminal nerve, smell, texture and layering.
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