This Is Your Tongue On Soylent


#1

I listened to a Radiolab podcast recently about a man who couldn’t eat anything due to a medical condition. Unlike Soylent, his nutrition was actually administered intravenously, but the result was that his taste buds dramatically decreased in size. I’m 95% sure its a placebo effect, but I’ve noticed my own tongue feels significantly smoother after only a week.

I’m wondering if anyone who is about to start on an all-Soylent diet would mind snapping a photo of their tongue beforehand so we can see if there is anything to this.


#2

I get my Soylent tonight, I’ll take a picture tonight after I get off work!


#3

You might want to use some blue food coloring to make your tongue’s texture stand out more.


#4

Just make sure you do it tonight.


#5

I’m in Alaska here, and it’ll be later in the night, but I’ll make sure to post it up!

I don’t have any blue food coloring, but I do have a red-purple dye. Do you think that would work?


#6

Anything that provides good contrast should suffice. Blue is the best choice, but really anything that isn’t tongue-colored should do.


#7

I’ll see if I can get my hands on some blue food coloring before I take the picture tonight then! :smile:


#8

I’d snap one before you color it just in case it doesn’t go well.


#9

If you have access to a thin glass plate (for instance, of the variety you’d use for the slides for an optical microscope) then pressing that against your dyed tongue apparently helps a lot when it comes to distinguishing the taste buds in a photo.


#10

Link to the Google Drive where I’m storing the pictures.


#11

My tongue is kinda weird (looks cracked in the middle, difficult to explain). I’ll try to take before and after pictures.


#12

I am also in Alaska, but I am less convinced about this tastebud experiment and dyeing my tongue funny colors and trying to photograph taste buds.

I don’t expect this is one that’ll vary much by gender, anyway. So… Good luck (or lick?), @Kryptic; you can represent the great cold north. :slight_smile:


#13

Now seriously, why am I looking at pictures of a tongue? I thought this thread was a joke.


#14

If you’re interested, listen to the podcast linked in the OP.