Umami and the Evolution of Taste

tongue - umami fifth taste

For years, we’ve all known how to describe the basic components of taste: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that umami, the fifth basic taste, came knocking on the western world’s door. Umami is often described as a “savory” or “meaty” taste. Think cheese, aged meats and other fermented foods

In the News

Updating MSGdish readers on recent media attention to topics that we savor… MSG, Glutamate, Umami, and related food trends

What’s the DASH Diet All About?

important to reduce sodium intake

According to the U.S. government’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a dietary regimen called the DASH diet was designed a number of years ago to help people lower their blood pressure… as well as offer other health benefits. Per NHLBI, DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and is a balanced

Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

Salad lovers will enjoy this easy to make, homemade salad dressing. The not-so-secret ingredient for savoriness: MSG of course! Recipe for Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing

The Inadequacies of Sound Bite Science

MSG, Umami, Glutamate News

Bites are good for eating—not so much for obtaining important nutrition and health information. “Sound bite” health and nutrition reporting abounds on the TV, radio, internet, even in magazines and newspapers. But of course snazzy headlines and clever blurbs don’t always equal accurate reporting. And MSG is no stranger to these sound bite reports, which