Carbohydrates could be an undiscovered taste, study finds

By November 9, 2017Food science, Interesting

Previously thought to be imperceptible to the human palate, research shows people may identify the molecule like they do sweet and sour.

  • A new study at Deakin University finds people may taste carbohydrates in the same way they experience other tastes such as sweet, sour and salty, according to Baking Business. Carbohydrates were previously thought to be invisible to taste receptors.
  • Researchers found two carbohydrates, maltodextrin and oligofructose, were perceivable to the human palate. These carbs are found in bread, pasta and rice.
  • The study of 34 adults found those with the greatest taste sensitivity to carbohydrates ate more of these foods and had a larger waist. Researchers say this new information could help them better understand how diet impacts health.

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