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Today I wanted to try Dr. Michael Greger’s Umami Sauce from his new How Not to Die Cookbook! I am a huge fan of this evidence-based diet and I’ll be testing out several of his recipes in future posts.

Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as “brothy” or “meaty”.

It is said that people taste umami through taste receptors that typically respond to glutamate. Glutamate is commonly added to some foods in the form of monosodium glutamate (MSG). Since umami has its own receptors rather than arising out of a combination of the traditionally recognized taste receptors, scientists now consider umami to be a distinct taste.  This sauce would be used in place of soy sauce.