Brainstem recording in mice shows that tastebuds are the first line of defense against eating too fast, suggesting that our sense of taste may help pace our eating. One part of the brain is saying, “This tastes good, eat more,” and another part is saying, “Slow down or you’re going to be sick.”

Brainstem recording in mice shows that tastebuds are the first line of defense against eating too fast, suggesting that our sense of taste may help pace our eating. One part of the brain is saying, “This tastes good, eat more,” and another part is saying, “Slow down or you’re going to be sick.”