Did you know about this fifth sense of taste?

When you take a bite of food, what do you taste? Is it bitter, sweet, salty or sour? How about savory? This is one sense you probably didn’t know was considered as a taste. This is also known as Umami- the fifth taste.

We are able to perceive this taste due to the glutamic acid present in our food. A common glutamic acid that is found in our food is MSG. It has been a long debate about whether the use of MSG in food has harmful effects on our health or not. Umami food can contain fish, mushroom, chicken, cheese and more.

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But this is what recent research has shown.  It seems that a savory starter before a meal helps you make better food choices. Your gaze will become more focused during the meal. It will increase self-control and inhibitory control.

If it can help you make better food choices,  Is it really dangerous as we thought it would be?

 

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