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The Surprising Food Flavor That Can Help You Shed Pounds

Maintaining A Healthy Diet

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  • The flavor “umami,” which means “delicious” in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying
  • Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day and ultimately lose weight
  • The synthetic food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) is primarily made of free glutamic acid; in this “free” unbound form, it can produce toxic effects in your body
  • Umami flavor, or glutamic acid (glutamate), found in natural foods is “bound” to other amino acids or proteins, which allows your body to control levels
  • Naturally umami-rich foods include mushrooms, truffles, green tea, seaweed, and ripe tomatoes

By Dr. Mercola

More than 100 years ago, a Japanese chemist named Kikunae Ikeda discovered the secret that made dashi, a classic seaweed soup, so delicious. It was glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate.


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