Alkaline taste in goats assessed by the preference test technique

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Taste thresholds for sodium bicarbonate solutions have been obtained on 8 goats using the 2-choice preference technique. The thresholds for the alkaline solution are comparable to the taste thresholds already established in goats for the 4 classical taste modalities. When sodium bicarbonate is placed directly into the stomach, the normal marked preference for 1% sodium bicarbonate is reversed to an almost complete aversion. Although the mechanism of this alteration in taste threshold has not been specifically investigated, it is suggested that it is probably central in origin. (15 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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