The popularity of yeast extract has a lot to do with its strong characteristic taste, which is also known as umami taste. In this video, Sanae Nishimura, Professor for Public Health Nutrition at Kagawa Nutrition University in Japan, explains the history and meaning of the umami taste.

The umami taste was discovered in Japan more than a hundred years ago, when a scientist thought that his soup would taste different than all basic tastes he knew. Professor Nishimura illustrates why the word umami has two meanings in Japanese, what it tastes like and how it works as a signal in the human body.

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