How many tastes are there ?

  title={How many tastes are there ?},
  author={Michael G Tordoff and Ph. D. Monell},
How many basic tastes are there? Most people list four: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Those with a background in the chemosensory sciences usually add a fifth, umami. But why stop there? There is growing evidence that there are more—perhaps many more. The idea that there are four basic tastes goes back at least as far as ancient Greece, so if there are more than four basic tastes why haven't they been discovered by now? There are three reasons: The first is that research on taste has been self… CONTINUE READING