bitter

A bitter taste generally signals the presence of a toxin

Although bitter has over 40 different receptors on the human tongue, “sweet” only has one. Being able to detect a greater range of ¬†bitter is evolutionarily advantageous because bitter usually signifies potential toxin.   Umami The TAS1R1+TAS1R3 heterodimer receptor functions as the umami (savory) receptor, responding to L-amino acid binding, especially L-glutamate.[8] The umami taste […]

Ketchup embodies five distinct tastes salty sweet bitter sour umami

Ketchup embodies five distinct tastes salty sweet bitter sour umami

Ketchup’s popularity and universality is due in part to the fact that it embodies all five distinct tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami “Many years ago, one mustard dominated the supermarket shelves: French’s. It came in a plastic bottle. People used it on hot dogs and bologna. It was a yellow mustard, made from […]