Problems with Taste

Frequently Asked Questions

6. How many taste sensations do we have?

We can identify five basic taste sensations: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, or savory. Umami is the taste of glutamate, a building block of protein found in chicken broth, meat extracts, and some cheeses. Umami is the taste associated with MSG (monosodium glutamate) that is often added to foods as a flavor enhancer.