Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Taste Aversion

Avoidance of food because of the way it tastes; taste aversion may be adaptive because it prevents ingestion of harmful substances which often have a bad taste. Taste aversion includes reactions, such as vomiting, where taste may not be the obvious cause; for example, a primate consumes a noxious insect, becomes ill, and avoids eating such an insect in the future.

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