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An overview of binary taste-taste interactions

Keast, Russell and Breslin, Paul A. S. 2003, An overview of binary taste-taste interactions, Food quality and preference, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 111-124.

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Title An overview of binary taste-taste interactions
Author(s) Keast, Russell
Breslin, Paul A. S.
Journal name Food quality and preference
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 111
End page 124
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 0950-3293
1873-6343
Keyword(s) taste psychophysics
food
sweet
sour
salty
umami
savory
bitter
suppression
enhancement
taste mixtures
Summary The human gustatory system is capable of identifying five major taste qualities: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory (umami), and perhaps several sub-qualities. This is a relatively small number of qualities given the vast number and structural diversity of chemical compounds that elicit taste. When we consume a food, our taste receptor cells are activated by numerous stimuli via several transduction pathways. An important food-related taste question which remains largely unanswered is: How do taste perceptions change when multiple taste stimuli are presented together in a food or beverage rather than when presented alone? The interactions among taste compounds is a large research area that has interested electrophysiologists, psychophysicists, biochemists, and food scientists alike. On a practical level, taste interactions are important in the development and modification of foods, beverages or oral care products. Is there enhancement or suppression of intensity when adding stimuli of the same or different qualities together? Relevant psychophysical literature on taste–taste interactions along with selected psychophysical theory is reviewed. We suggest that the position of the individual taste stimuli on the concentration-intensity psychophysical curve (expansive, linear, or compressive phase of the curve) predicts important interactions when reporting enhancement or suppression of taste mixtures.
Language eng
Field of Research 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.
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