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5 FACTS OF UMAMI

What is UMAMI

Umami, the powerful fifth taste, is important for balancing the flavors in many of the foods we eat.It’s the meaty, savory deliciousness that deepens flavor and the reason warm broth, seared meats and aged cheeses are so satisfying. Pasta in a juicy marinara sauce, sizzling flank steak, asparagus topped with parmesan?That’s umami!

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 The FDA Says It’s Safe, So Feel Free to Say ‘Yes’ to MSG

Ajinomoto is trying to convince Americans that its seasoning is good to eat—and maybe even healthy

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UMAMI MOVIES

  • What is umami and why it’s great for your taste buds and tummy!

  • A history of the fifth taste

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UMAMI ARTICLES

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UMAMI RECIPES

  • Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

    Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry
  • Chilled Cucumber Soup with Celery Seed Dressing

    Chilled Cucumber Soup with Celery Seed Dressing
  • Veggie-Loaded Whole Wheat Pasta Bake

    Veggie-Loaded Whole Wheat Pasta Bake
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WORLD UMAMI FORUM

UMAMI RECIPES

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of umami, the World Umami Forum presented by Ajinomoto Co., Inc. brought together experts in food, nutrition, history and behavioral science to deepen the understanding for umami and set the record straight about MSG.

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WHAT IS MSG

WHAT IS MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a seasoning that combines sodium (like that in table salt)with glutamate, the most abundant amino acid in nature and one of 20 that make up protein in the human body.
Glutamate is also naturally present in foods such as tomatoes, aged cheeses, mushrooms and even breast milk.
MSG is the purest form of umami, which is a taste that brings out the savory deliciousness of food and adds dimension to the flavors.

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MSG SAFETY

MSG SAFETY MSG SAFETY

MSG is safe to consume. Health experts have endorsed the safety of MSG based on extensive scientific research and a long history of use around the world.

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