Mediterranean Umami is a savory mix of sea salt and pure vegetable extracts, including tomato, seaweed, and mushroom.
Umami is one of the five basic flavors, often referred to as the "fifth taste." It is known to draw out and intensify flavors, thereby increasing consumer satisfaction. Umami is beneficial to food manufacturers, as it allows salt and sugar reduction in products without compromising the sweet and savory flavor. Umami has a unique ability to subtly build back a balanced and natural flavor profile that otherwise is diminished in many low sodium applications.
Mediterranean Umami is highly soluble, contains no MSG, and is free from any artificial ingredients. Using our Umami blend is a simple solution in maintaining a clean label claim on products while also staying within suggested sodium and sugar consumption guidelines.
Umami's unique savory flavor is a result of glutamate interactions with the receptors on our tongue. Glutamates are naturally occurring amino acids and are the most abundant amino acid found in nature. Some examples of glutamate-rich foods include beef jerky, cheese, seaweed, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy, potatoes, seafood, broths, and stocks.
Research studies are beginning to find that glutamate may have a role in digestion. Umami receptors can be found both on the tongue and in the stomach. When the receptors sense the glutamate, the vagus nerve transmits that information to the brain, which thus sets off a cascade of events to prepare for digestion and nutrient absorption (source: Umami Information Center).
Another research study evaluated Umami's role in weight management and satisfaction levels amongst consumers. The research suggests that Umami may have a role in managing appetite and early satiety.