There are few more perfect, gluttonous pleasures in life than a perfectly prepared, fatty steak. But what makes it so good? Is it the fat? And if so, what does fat taste like that’s so awesome? Is it even a taste at all?
Research conducted at Purdue University and published in the journal Chemical Senses provides new scientific evidence that fat may actually constitute its own taste, which these scientists have taken to calling “oleogustus.” Soon, we may be adding that mouthful of a word alongside our other five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.
“Our experiments provide a missing element in the evidence that fat has a taste sensation, and that it is different from other tastes,” Professor Richard Mattes, director of the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University, told The Independent. These scientists hope that better identifying the taste of fat could help make better tasting low fat foods in the future.