Umami, the proven fifth taste, has enjoyed a fascinating and stellar history since its discovery in 1908. One of the high points in umami’s 110-year timeline is the World Umami Forum, which took place just last week in New York City, September 20-21.
This inaugural conference attracted food science experts, renowned researchers, food historians, journalists, registered dietitians, and culinary professionals from around the world. Participants left the meeting with a deeper understanding and appreciation of umami and its essential role in cuisine, and learned about the extensive science that refutes urban myths about monosodium glutamate (aka MSG or “umami seasoning”).
No single ingredient in a good som tum acts alone; the rich flavors of som tum come from its layers of umami—dried shrimp, fish sauce and tomatoes mixed with the bitterness of the unripened papaya which also gives crunch and color, along with the sweetness of palm or cane sugar. Is your mouth watering yet?
Here you’ll find some of our favorite salad recipes that have been featured in our Savory Cuisine Corner on MSGdish. Whether you’re looking for hearty main dish salad recipes such as Chicken Sesame Salad, or lighter, nutritious salads such as Vermont Spinach Salad, these salads will delight you — and any salad-lover!
Scientific research continues to document the many benefits of umami, most recently with regard to umami’s role in appetite control and potentially weight management.
Researchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami — or savory taste — can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity.
Specifically, this new study suggests that obese people could benefit from eating savory foods such as an umami-rich broth with MSG before a meal, to decrease food intake.
Chocolate, MSG, and other foods commonly thought to trigger migraine were found to have little relationship to headache onset when patients kept systematic track, based on new research presented at the American Headache Society annual meeting, in June 2018.