You Will Be Surprised To Know These 8 Facts About Your Tongue
Whenever someone is asked to appreciate another person’s most beautiful body part, the answers that we most probably get to hear are eyes, lip, hair, etc., but we never get to hear tongue. Despite the fact, that without tongue, humans will find it very difficult to speak and eat, the tongue has never got its due and its contribution is hardly recognized.
Your tongue can tell a lot about you from your health condition to your tasting ability and today we will not only tell you about some interesting facts about the tongue but also bust some myths about it.
1You can sense all tastes equally all over your tongue
There is a myth that different tastes can be senses in different areas of the tongue. However in reality, the salty, sour, sweet, savory and bitter tastes can be sensed in each part of the tongue but there is one exception which is that the back side of the tongue is more sensitive to the bitter taste.
2Thousands of taste buds on tongue
On an average, every tongue has thousands of taste buds ranging from 2,000 to 10,000. Those people who have less taste buds have problem in tasting the food, so they are called non-tasters while those who have taste buds more than 10,000 are called super-tasters. Within two weeks, all the taste buds die and new ones replace them.
3The tongue helps in digestion of food and cleaning
The tongue also helps in digestion as it helps in the movement of food during the chewing process and then it also helps in swallowing it. The tongue is joined with the floor of the mouth through a fold known as frenulum while the tip of the tongue is independent of the mouth floor and as it can reach the upper parts of the mouth, it helps in the cleaning of the mouth and also plays a role in the speaking of the person.
4Tongue is not the strongest muscle
Many times, we have heard that the tongue is the strongest muscle as it is not only flexible but it also plays an important role in some of our activities such as talking and eating. It never gets tired despite working so much but still we can’t call it as the strongest muscle of our body as it didn’t produces the maximum force such as quads and glutes, neither exerts the maximum pressure like jaws nor it works the hardest like heart.
Tongue is made up of eight different muscles:
(i) Extrinsic muscles
Yes, this is absolutely true that tongue is made of eight muscles and four of them are called the extrinsic muscles. One of these muscles is connected with the base of the skull, while another is connected to a bone in the throat; third one is connected with the lower jaw while the fourth one is enfolded around the palate. With the help of these four muscles, the tongue moves from one side to another.
(ii) Remaining four muscles
The remaining four muscles form the body of the tongue. These muscles help the tongue in taking different forms such as lengthen, curl, shorten or any other shape and they also help in eating, swallowing and speaking also. This is completely true that tongue is all about muscle and no bone.