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.

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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; sour, tart

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