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Volume 17 No. 9 • October 2014


Well, Actually, It Never Went Away But Here It Is With
GREAT NEWS for People Who Enjoy Eating


Ineffable Essence is a source of molecules delivering the highly popular natural UMAMI flavor — popular that is until some people get nervous when they find out that their taste buds crave the savory UMAMI flavor without realizing that that natural flavor is — uh oh — monosodium glutamate and disodium inosinate (the sodium salt of inosine 5-monophosphate), two flavor molecules found in foods like meat, cheese, and vegetables. Some people have a serious phobia about these natural flavor molecules probably due to years of misleading claims that MSG is hazardous to your health. Well, sure, anything is hazardous at a high enough dose. But at the “dose” you get in fresh foods naturally containing them, they are not at all hazardous to your health.

And now a new scientific report1 shows that in human subjects eating a soup preload containing the UMAMI flavor molecules monosodium glutamate and inosine 5’-monophosphate, these flavor molecules significantly reduced energy intake of a subsequent ad libitum lunch regardless of whether the UMAMI supplement was added to a low energy or a high energy preload. The researchers reported that when the subjects ate the soup, the addition of MSG/IMP “stimulated hunger on the first tasting of the soup, but when combined with high energy carbohydrate and protein, it resulted in a faster decrease in appetite during the subsequent test meal.” The researchers state that “[t]o our knowledge, this is the first study to report a biphasic action of MSG/IMP and implies that the increased liking at one eating occasion can lead to better regulation at the next eating occasion.”

Restoring the levels of MSG/IMP to those found in fresh food has a really profound effect on flavor. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you are missing. We’ve been using Ineffable Essence for about 30 years and wouldn’t leave home without it.

FOOD SOURCES OF NATURAL GLUTAMATE Many foods naturally contain considerable quantities of glutamate. Fresh foods contain the most, as the glutamate is degraded by natural processes, as the food ages. That’s one reason why you get a more pleasurable burst of umami flavor from fresh food. Here are some foods with their natural content of glutamate (mg/100 g):

Parmesan cheese 8,210
Chedder cheese 6,090
Salmon 3,840
Steak > 2,000
Broccoli 950
Beans 880
Walnuts 658
White mushrooms 400
Fresh tomato 310

These data from Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

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