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2014-01-24 11:19:56

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology identify links between the palatability of various tastes and circulation in different parts of the face. Tastes deemed 'pleasant' increase blood flow in the eyelid according to a recent study by Hideaki Kashima, Yuka Hamada and Naoyuki Hayashi from the Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Kyushu University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. The research identifies links between the subjective perception of palatability with circulatory...

Sweetness Weakens Ability To Taste Sweets
2013-11-22 09:07:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Obesity may alter our relationship to food by changing the way we detect sweetness on our tongues, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Biologists at the University at Buffalo found that being severely overweight impaired the ability of mice to detect sweets. Compared with their slimmer counterparts, the plump mice had fewer taste cells that responded to sweet stimuli, and the cells that did respond...

2013-11-15 08:26:53

NaZura BioHealth Presents at 2014 Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NaZura BioHealth today announced clinical study results indicating that activation of taste receptors in the lower gut can amplify the release of hormones involved in satiety and glucose regulation. In an oral presentation to be made today at the Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting, principal investigator Steven R. Smith, MD will describe how NaZura's proprietary Gut...

2013-11-12 08:36:31

Recent Highlights Include: SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Senomyx, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNMX), a company using proprietary taste science technologies to discover, develop, and commercialize novel flavor ingredients for the food, beverage, and ingredient supply industries, today reported financial results for the third quarter 2013. The Company ended the third quarter with $35.6 million in cash and highly liquid investments. "Senomyx made significant progress with our R&D, regulatory,...

2013-09-20 23:18:04

At a time when umami is all the crave, there are few better opportunities to introduce a blog dedicated to the power of “savory taste” and the science behind it. MSGdish (MSGdish.com), provided by The Glutamate Association, is a new blog serving up all things umami, written by dietitians and food scientists who recognize the important role of glutamate and MSG in foods to provide the trendy umami taste. Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 20, 2013 At a time when umami is all the crave,...

2013-04-24 16:26:33

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The addition of umami compounds or foods rich in umami, allows for reductions in sodium content of foods without sacrificing taste, liking and pleasantness, according to a review of the existing evidence conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The resulting reduction in sodium may vary depending on the type of food consumed, as well as the amount and type of umami compounds present. Overall dietary intake of sodium was not evaluated in...

Taste Perception: Connecting The Molecular Dots
2013-03-07 05:16:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A consortium of scientists has identified a new protein regulator of taste, findings that help unlock the mystery of exactly how cells transmit taste information to the brain for three out of the five primary taste types. The researchers identified CALHM1, a channel in the walls of taste receptor cells, as a necessary component in the process of sweet, bitter, and umami (savory) taste perception. The other two taste types, sour...

Your Tongue Is Equipped To Guard Against Excessive Salt Concentrations
2013-02-15 05:26:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Salt is a necessity for life, yet too much of it can have detrimental effects, such as hypertension or kidney failure in humans. New research from a team of American biochemists has discovered how mammals´ tongues are equipped to guard against ingesting high concentrations of salt. According to the team´s report in the journal Nature, their findings could be used to help control the diet of individuals who eat too much...

2012-09-20 16:09:49

Blunted ability to identify all five tastes may affect quantity of foods eaten Obese kids have less sensitive taste-buds than kids of normal weight, indicates research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. This blunted ability to distinguish all five tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (savory) may prompt them to eat larger quantities of food in a bid to register the same taste sensation, suggest the authors. They base their findings on 94 normal...

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2012-07-12 13:28:12

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every kid knows that we taste with our tongues, however those in the know, understand that this is a very rudimentary viewpoint. When it comes to flavor, the tongue is very basic. Most of our experience of flavor comes from our olfactory system: our nose and sinuses. Professor Barry Smith, director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London, explains, “Not only is it not just about your tongue. Very...