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We classify food as sweet, sour, salty, bitter or umami, but a new paper published in the journalChemical Senses argues that we’re missing another basic taste: fatty.
It’s called oleogustus, and it’s the unique taste of fat, says Richard D. Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University and one of the authors of the study. “I can’t use any words that exist, so we’re forced to make it up,” Mattes says. (The Latin translation of oily or fatty taste is “oleogustus.”)/.../