According to Dr. Kantha Shelke, “maple syrup packs a powerful UMAMI punch” which she believes can play a role in maintaining healthy weight and a healthy diet. Dr. Shelke has a Ph.D. in Cereal Chemistry and Technology and MS degrees in Food Science and Nutrition and Organic Chemistry of Natural Products.
What is UMAMI you say? It’s the fifth taste...after sweet, salty, sour and bitter...that was first identified in 1908 by Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University. Umami was identified by Dr. Ikeda as a taste sensation that is meaty, savory or wholesome and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (as glutamate and aspartate).
On Wednesday, October 27, Christine Tressel, Medical Producer at ABC 7 Chicago, was in the Québec Government Office Chicago to shoot a segment on the science and physiology of UMAMI as it relates to weight and health management strategies (specifically targeted at how eating foods with UMAMI may be a good strategy in fighting obesity). During this segment, which can be viewed on ABC7's website, Kantha Shelke was interviewed and discussed how maple syrup demonstrates a high level of UMAMI compared to other sweeteners.
Québec produces more than 80% of the world’s maple syrup supply and is a mecca of innovation when it comes to products derived from maple syrup, such as: 100% pure maple vinegars, non-dairy maple butters, clearly maple, maple concentrates, maple flakes, chips, chunks and a wide range of granulations of maple sugars. To learn more about maple syrup products from Québec, visit www.domorewithmaple.com.
To learn more about UMAMI, maple syrup and its potential role in weight management and healthy lifestyle, watch the UMAMI Healthbeat segment, The Secret Fifth Flavor, with Sylvia Perez on ABC 7 Chicago’s website by clicking here: Healthbeat Report: Umami: The Secret Fifth Flavor.
This may very well be a pivotal moment for the way we think about health and weight management, maple syrup and what is currently in our pantry.