Is One of Your New Year’s Resolutions “To Lose Weight”? Try Umami.

new year resolutions

It’s almost January, the beginning of another dieting season. It’s the time of year when many people who are determined to lose weight try something drastic (like a quick weight loss scheme) and soon start fretting about not breaking their 2017 New Year’s resolution. So it’s not surprising that weight loss tips, tricks and techniques abound right about now.

If you are among those who are serious about losing some weight (or don’t want to gain weight), here’s an innovative piece of advice you may not have heard or read about, but you really should consider: eat more foods that provide the umami taste. Umami, the taste of savory, is one of the five basic tastes. It signals that a dish contains protein. Umami is what makes savory foods so delicious.

Beyond Pleasure: The Importance of Umami as a Taste

Holiday Party Appetizers

During (and before) the holidays I find myself poring over cooking magazines and food blogs in search of amazing recipes to serve at my annual party and special holiday meals. I want every meal to be packed with dishes that tantalize the taste buds. The holidays are all about maximizing the pleasure we get from eating. But even aside from holiday time, modern humans are largely a lucky species. We frequently have the luxury of choosing and preparing foods based on what tastes good to us. Indeed, surveys and studies find time after time that, although hunger drives the desire to eat, taste is the primary characteristic by which we select what we eat.

Perfect Savory Recipes for Holiday Gatherings

holiday appetizers

If you are stuck in a rut of preparing the same recipes for holiday meals and parties, do we ever have some suggestions for you!

Here you will find five menu ideas that should get those taste buds watering! All of these recipes fall under the category of ‘savory’ as they are made with umami-rich ingredients like meat, cheese and mushrooms.

Make It Yesterday and Party Today!

Holiday Party Buffet

What makes a holiday party a blast? The answer is simple. You need the right blend of great food with tons of flavor, shared with fun friends, and above all – relaxed hosts. The winter holiday party season is greatly anticipated, but all too often one of the most stress-inducing times of the year. A little bit of savvy planning can make your holiday party easy. Here is a sample menu, suggested recipes and simple tips to knock out your guests with your party personality and not with your cooking cares.

MSG: Weight gain? No! Weight management? Maybe. Flavor? Absolutely!

Enjoying Chinese Food MSG

I recently heard a health professional make some odd comments about monosodium glutamate (MSG), comments such as “we’re supposed to avoid that” and “it’s supposed to be bad for us.” I asked her if she knew what it was. She confessed, “not really.” I loved her honesty as much as I worried about her sharing myths about MSG with patients and clients.

The truth – and it’s an indisputable truth – is that you can’t avoid glutamate, the “G” in MSG. Moreover, you don’t have to and you wouldn’t even want to if you could. It’s too important for our gut health, our digestion, and our taste buds. You’d also have to stop eating all protein foods, because glutamate is the most abundant amino acid in protein. It makes up about 20% of the amino acids in most high-quality proteins, whether they occur in animals or plants.