Taste and flavor are not the same thing, although they often are confused. Taste is one of your senses; it's picked up by receptor cells in your taste buds. Flavor is a combination of a few senses: Taste (gustatory), smell (olfactory), touch (tactile) and temperature (thermal) stimuli make up flavor. When spicy food is concerned, sometimes pain also is part of what makes up your flavor perception. Taste is a subjective sense; some people have more heightened palates than others and the same foods can taste differently to different people.
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