Are You Eating Enough Delicious “Umami” Foods?

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Umami is most recently added fifth taste sensation in the mouth. There are different ways we taste; our tongues can detect salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami in the foods we eat.

Not only is it fun to say the word “umami”, to me, it’s the most tantalizing taste sensation. Foods rich in umami are not healthier than foods in the other taste categories; it’s just personal preference. There are nutritious foods in all of the categories, but because umami foods are my favorite, I feel most satisfied when I eat them as opposed to sweet, salty, and bitter foods. And, I tend to eat less when I choose umami foods because I feel satisfied after just a few bites. You may feel more satisfied eating foods in other taste categories.

What is “umami” you ask? Here’s a rundown:

-It forms “pleasant savory taste” in the mouth

-Glutamate is an amino acid that creates umami taste. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, so naturally protein foods produce the umami sensation.

-Some common, nutritious umami sensation foods are: Parmesan cheese, proteins like chicken, beef, pork and seafood, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and seaweed.

For more information, please visit the Umami Information Center.

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4 Responses to Are You Eating Enough Delicious “Umami” Foods?

  1. Judith Batts says:

    Ref…Wild Oats grain cereal ….Apple & Honey. This was a simply wonderful cold cereal and I bought it once in a local Walmart. Have not been able to find it ANYWHERE for several months. ?? I wish I could get it somewhere in my area?? Help?

    • Chelsea Vurciaga says:

      Hi Judith! We are working hard on increasing the availability of our products. Thanks for reaching out and we are glad that you love the cereal!

  2. Mark Stevens says:

    My wife and I have really enjoyed several different products by Wild Oats. The quality is excellent and affordable prices.The only place we have found the products is at Wal-Mart and now it seems they are phasing out of carrying the products such as the Organic Thousand Island Dressing, Organic Spaghetti sauces, Organic frozen vegetables and organic cookies. We would like to know if we could purchase the non frozen items direct or where we may be able to find the products at another store besides Wal-Mart. We have complained to Wal-Mart to no avail. Walmart now carries their own brand of organic Thousand Island dressing and it does not taste as good as Wild Oats. Thanks in advance for a response.

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