Tuesday, 4 August 2015

We Have A 6th Taste - But It's Less Than Tasty

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To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste - and its name is a mouthful: 'oleogustus' which is Latin for 'a taste for fat.' Rick Mattes, a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University says it's a sensation one would get from eating oxidized oil.

Mattes and his colleagues had 28 tasters sample lookalike mixtures with different tastes. They found that more than half of the people in their study were able to distinguish fatty acids from the other tastes.

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