How to tailor diet plans to suit every patients' taste

Sweet or salty? A patient’s taste profile might hold the key to developing a plan they can stick to

Taste occurs when taste receptor cells in taste buds on the tongue, soft palate and the oropharyngeal and gastrointestinal regions are stimulated and activated.


There are five recognised tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami (savoury), but recently researchers demonstrated there was a sixth, fat.1

It’s thought the human taste mechanism evolved to ensure we consume essential nutrients while avoiding harmful foods.

Umami flavours may indicate the presence of proteins; salty tastes may signal minerals;