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Tastes, the Five
It has always been thought that the human tongue can distinguish only four basic tastes (sweet, sour, bitter and salty). However, Umami, has now been generally recognized as a fifth. This detects 'savoury' or 'meaty' sensations and is stimulated by condiments like soy sauce, or by food containing compounds like MSG.
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