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UmamiUnlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste$
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Ole Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168908

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168908.001.0001

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Umami and wellness

Umami and wellness

Chapter:
(p.205) (p.206) (p.207) Umami and wellness
Source:
Umami
Author(s):

Ole G. Mouritsen

Klavs Styrbæk

Jonas Drotner Mouritsen

, Mariela Johansen
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168908.003.0010

This chapter discusses how umami promotes health and wellness. Food with umami can often be prepared with significantly less salt, sugar, and fat without sacrificing the delicious taste of the resulting dish. Salt, in particular, is frequently applied too liberally in order to compensate for ingredients that are insipid or unpalatable. The fifth taste spurs the appetite, an attribute that can be exploited to advantage in caring for the sick and the elderly, who may have lost interest in eating. At the same time, however, umami promotes satiety, which helps to curb overeating by those who are inclined to overindulge. Adopting a diet that has an abundance of umami may thus be a way for modern humans to eat in a healthier manner and to adjust their caloric intake to suit the needs of their bodies. This chapter first considers the issue of chemicals present in MSG and proceeds by explaining how umami satisfies the appetite and makes us feel full. It then looks at the benefits of umami to the sick and elderly and concludes by highlighting the meaning of umami at every stage of our lives.

Keywords:   umami, health, wellness, food, appetite, sick, elderly, satiety, diet, MSG

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