Umami Taste Important for Overall Health

umami taste

The ability to taste umami in food (the fifth taste) could be beneficial for overall health, particularly in older people, Japanese researchers suggest.

In a new study, published in the journal Flavour, scientists from Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan developed an umami taste sensitivity test and used it on 44 elderly patients. The taste tests revealed that the elderly patients who had lost their taste for umami also complained of appetite and weight loss.

Those who had problems tasting umami complained that food was no longer palatable and they were not eating normally.

Creole Meatballs for the Big Game

Score big with these scrumptious meatballs on game day. Your family and friends will be asking for an instant replay! These creole meatballs are perfect for an appetizer, or you can serve them as an entrée with a rice side dish or as main component of a hearty sandwich, using crusty rolls. Either way, touchdown!

The Culinary Connection between Monosodium Glutamate and Umami

Umami MSG connection

To ring in the New Year with good tidings, and of course good seasonings, we’d like to share some words of wisdom from Dr. Harold McGee, featured in an article that was just published in Lucky Peach magazine.

Ask an Expert: Is MSG Safe?

Myths vs facts based on science

Dr. Kathy Kolasa, a registered dietitian and Affiliate Professor in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University addresses news about food and nutrition in The Daily Reflector ( This week she answers a question from a consumer about the safety of MSG and aspartame, with one of her medical students providing the research and a detailed response. For anyone who has read on the Internet about “life threatening maladies” from these two food ingredients, read on!

Happy New Year!

happy new year

A very healthy and happy New Year to all our readers! May your 2015 be filled with savory and well-seasoned foods that taste delicious, and may your dining occasions be enriched by good times with family and friends!