Although it is the calories that cause weight gain, perhaps the reason that you are feeling unsatisfied after a meal is because your meal didn’t have enough flavour.
Now, a new study has suggested that eating Umami could help make you feel more satisfied, resulting in less need to eat.
What is Umami?
Umami is a hard to describe flavour, although it is often considered the fifth taste after salty, sweet, sour and bitter.
It has long been used in Japanese cooking and is actually glutamate, which can be made from breaking down foods like steak during the cooking process, or from fermenting food items such as cheese or soy.
These days cooks have turned to monosodium glutamate or MSG for Umami, as it is a flavour enhancer that can be quickly added to soups and other foods.
What happened in the study?
During the study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27 volunteers were asked to eat the same breakfast.
The group were split in 2, with 1 half being asked to eat a high-protein soup containing MSG, with the other half given soup without MSG.
The 2 groups were then asked to eat an identical lunch before being asked a number of questions by the researchers, including how they felt and how was their appetite.
The study concluded that those who ate the soup containing MSG felt more satisfied, leading them to consume less of their lunch.
The results of this study suggests that Umami may have a role to play in your efforts to lose weight.
How can taste affect your appetite?
This is not the first study to suggest that flavourful foods could reduce appetite.
In the past peppers and spicy foods have also been linked to appetite suppression, although it is still unclear as to how they can reduce your appetite.
It seems that perhaps your appetite is affected by how your food tastes.