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Some People Just Don’t Get the MSG

June 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

If I were to ask you how many basic tastes there are, I would guess the vast majority of you would answer four. Bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and sweetness. And you would be wrong, as there is a fifth taste called umami. The man credited with its discovery was Kikunae Ikeda, a chemistry professor working at the Imperial University of Tokyo. He was able to extract and crystallise an amino acid called glutamic acid from the soup. Later research discovered that its carboxylate anion, glutamate, [...]

Some People Just Don’t Get the MSG

June 3, 2016 // 8 Comments

If I were to ask you how many basic tastes there are, I would guess the vast majority of you would answer four. Bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and sweetness. And you would be wrong, as there is a fifth taste called umami. The name umami derives from the Japanese word for “delicious” and, despite us all tasting it daily, was not discovered until 1908. The man credited with its discovery was Kikunae Ikeda, a chemistry professor working at the Imperial University of Tokyo. Ikeda noted that a [...]