I am. And I knew it long before I ever heard the term "supertaster". I remember years ago meeting with friends after work and having Mexican food. Seems we shared something that had jalapeno peppers all over it and I had to pick them off. Probably nachos. Even a little juice of the jalapeno would cause my tongue to feel as though it had been seared by a burning hot poker and my eyes would run and my face would turn red. The guys would laugh at me and call me a wimp as they downed huge bites of the jalapenos, thinking it made them super tough.Turns out that they just probably had fewer taste buds on their less discriminating tongues. If one was to compare tongues, I would say that mine was superior, not theirs!
While I love some foods that certain supertasters don't like, such as cruciferous vegetables, there are other things I dislike strongly and simply can't eat or drink, such as:
Supertasters have a high taste sensitivity that allows them to taste the bitter or strong flavors of foods that normal tasters don't taste or even notice. According to studies, supertasters make up 25% of the adult population, moderate tasters 50% and mildly sensitive tasters 25%. Supertasters also have an acute sense of smell. My mother always told me I had the best nose she knew.
The taste of food is extremely important to supertasters and they are often passionate about food. That would be me! Mildly sensitive tasters seem to like most everything but aren't passionate about them. That sounds like Mike... he will eat most anything quite indiscriminately. I've often wondered how he likes my cooking because it is perfectly seasoned for me, but is probably quite bland to him since he has fewer taste buds. He usually loads on the pepper - and would add salt too if the doctor hadn't told him to cut down on it. I think he likes cheese so much because it's so salty - and he loves corn chips and lots of salty things that I don't eat at all.
So, are you a supertaster? Try this test from PBS:
"Here is a simplified adaptation of Bartoshuk's taster test you can try using blue food coloring and a plastic reinforcement ring for a three-hole binder (paper reinforcement rings get mushy). Use a cotton swab to wipe some blue food coloring on the tip of your tongue. Place the ring on your tongue. If you are a medium taster, you'll see only a few "mushrooms" inside the ring's opening. If you're a supertaster, you'll find more than 25 of them within the circle. How many do you count?"
I think I will do this test soon just to know my "number".
It's amazing we humans get along at all; we don't even taste things alike!