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TV chef backs hospital food project for older people
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 11:33 am 
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Pioneering research from the University of Reading is being used to enhance the taste of hospital food to help prevent or treat malnutrition in older people.

The project is supported by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal and funded by Research into Ageing, the medical research arm of Age UK.

The research is using a taste central to Japanese food to modify the sensory properties of food to increase its flavour. Deliciousness in foods, especially savoury food, is enhanced by umami – which is known as the fifth taste and is the Japanese word for delicious and savoury.

Umami naturally occurs in shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes and tuna to name a few, and is commonly found in Marmite and Worcestershire sauce, for example. more


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