A new specific ageusia: some humans cannot taste L-glutamate.

  title={A new specific ageusia: some humans cannot taste L-glutamate.},
  author={O Lugaz and A M Pillias and Annick Faurion},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  volume={27 2},
A new specific ageusia was found in human subjects for monosodium L-glutamate (MSG). Four tests were successively applied to discriminate non-tasters and hypotasters from tasters. (i) NaCl and MSG thresholds, and (ii) suprathreshold sensitivity were evaluated using the up-and-down procedure. Only 73% of 109 subjects common to both tests demonstrated a sensitivity for MSG significantly higher than their sensitivity to NaCl, and hence a specific sensitivity to L-glutamate. The remaining 27% who… CONTINUE READING

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