I call myself a foodie because I have a thing about food. I used to be the first to try any new restaurants but at the end of the day, I ended up going back to those same restaurants that suit my taste buds.
I read that an average person has about 10,000 taste buds and they are replaced every two weeks or so. But as a person ages, some of those taste cells do not get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds. That is why certain foods may taste stronger to a child than they do to adults. Smoking also can reduce the number of taste buds a person has.