Fat Is A Flavor

Australian researchers have confirmed what any McDonald’s lover already knows instinctively: fat is a flavor.

“We know that the human tongue can detect five tastes — sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (a savoury, protein-rich taste contained in foods such as soy sauce and chicken stock),” Russell Keast, from Deakin University, said Monday.
“Through our study we can conclude that humans have a sixth taste — fat.

Researchers tested 30 people’s ability to taste a range of fatty acids in otherwise plain solutions and found that all were able to determine the taste — though some required higher concentrations than others.

Australian researchers say fat is ‘sixth taste’ [AFP via BoingBoing]