Back when I was a kid, I had 4 types of taste buds: Sweet, Salty, Sour & Bitter
And then, they discovered that I (we) actually had a fifth taste bud specifically for savory foods like meat, cheese & mushrooms. This taste is commonly referred to as Umami (fun fact – in Japanese, umami means flavor or taste.)
And because they can’t leave well enough alone, some researchers in Australia have recently discovered a sixth form of taste.
And it just so happens to be a taste for FAT……and how does this fat taste bud work?
According to the researchers, “people with a high sensitivity for taste of fat actually eat less fatty food and have less likelihood of being overweight“. Unfortunately, this also means that people with a low sensitivity for taste of fat are more likely to eat more fatty food and have a greater likelihood of being overweight“.
And there is nothing you can do about it.
But, luckily for food manufacturers, research has already begun on creating an artificial fat flavoring that can be added to low-fat foods in order to trick your newest taste bud.
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