Scientists say they think 'fat' is the sixth taste

Sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami can be joined by fat, according to scientists

Scientists may have pinned down the taste of "fat", which they have named oleogustus, according to The Telegraph.

The researchers have also claimed this knowledge can help to discover ways in which to combat obesity and heart disease.

The study was reported in the journal Chemical Senses, and the "taste sensation" of free fatty acids was explored.


They are hoping to make fat the sixth basic taste after sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.

“Our experiments provide a missing element in the evidence that fat has a taste sensation, and that it is different from other tastes,” said Professor Richard Mattes, director of the Ingestive Behaviour Research Centre at Purdue University in Indiana, US.

According to the report, high quantities of fat is rancid, while at low levels, it improves the appeal of food.

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