Fat, the Sixth Taste

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A newly discovered ability for people to taste fat could hold the key to reducing obesity, Deakin University health researchers believe.

We currently know that the human tongue can detect five tastes: sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami (a taste for identifying protein rich foods).

Dr. Keast said that through this study we can say that humans have a sixth taste:  fat.

The study concluded that people have a taste threshold for fat, which vary from person to person.

Interestingly, we also found that those with a high sensitivity to the taste of fat consumed less fatty foods and had lower BMIs than those with lower sensitivity,

Dr. Keast said.

I’m wondering if that’s because the so called “people with fat taste” are already on a diet, compared to the rest of the participants to the study which just feel the meal tastes better, but don’t know why.

The researchers believe that our taste system may become desensitised to the taste of fat over time because fats are easily accessible and commonly consumed in diets today, leaving some people more susceptible to overeating fatty foods.

I don’t think the problem is the fat from the food, but the type of fat and the combination of fat and carbohydrates. It’s good to know if you’re eating fats, but it’s more important to distinguish between good, healthy unsaturated fats like omega fatty acids, and bad saturated fats.

If you have a high sensitivity to the taste of fat, don’t turn down a good meal just because you feel fat was added. Try first to find out if the oily taste¬† it’s from the olive oil or from the pork chop.

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