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Umami: a delicious flavor formed by convergence of taste and olfactory pathways in the human brain.

Abstract:

Umami taste is produced by glutamate acting on a fifth taste system. However, glutamate presented alone as a taste stimulus is not highly pleasant, and does not act synergistically with other tastes (sweet, salt, bitter and sour). We show here that when glutamate is given in combination with a consonant, savory, odour (vegetable), the resulting flavor can be much more pleasant. Moreover, we showed using functional brain imaging with fMRI that the glutamate taste and savory odour combination p...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Role:
Author
Journal:
The European journal of neuroscience
Volume:
25
Issue:
6
Pages:
1855-1864
Publication date:
2007-03-05
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EISSN:
1460-9568
ISSN:
0953-816X
URN:
uuid:0d628517-1010-44a4-85cf-cc71077bc007
Source identifiers:
139477
Local pid:
pubs:139477

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