Scientists find 6th taste: fat
Scientists are now saying people can distinguish a sixth taste.
It was believed that humans could only detect five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory. New findings by scientists now say that people can detect a sixth taste: fat.
In a study by Richard Mattes, a nutrition science professor at Purdue University, researchers determined that that fat has its own taste, rather than just acting as texture or carrier of other flavors. Of the study participants, 64 percent, who were given nose clips so they wouldn’t confuse the food smell with taste, were able to distinguish the fatty acid sample from other samples.
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