The sixth taste: fat

Whole grains with lard schmalz“Wir essen, was schmeckt” (we eat what tastes good), as determined by the nerve cells in the mouth (flavor) and the nose (aroma).

While the nose is able to pick up thousands of aromas, the mouth only feels sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory (umami) – so we thought.

New research suggests there’s a sixth taste profile: oleogustus. In other words, we can taste fat, or more specifically, tryglycerides.

While the fat taste is described as “unpleasant,” (Perdue University researcher Richard Mattes), it’s distinct from the other five taste profiles. But together, in various combinations, they can truly make your mouth water.

In addition, fat creates a distinct mouth feel of creaminess, so desired in sauces, cakes and desserts.

Who says fat is bad?

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