Umami (UM) and Healthy Eating (2014)

Umami (UM) and Healthy Eating (2014)

Welcome to the Umami and Healthy Eating project site. What is Umami and how do I explain it?  Beyond the four better known tastes of salty, sweet, bitter and sour, umami finds its place as the fifth basic taste evoking savory, full-bodied, and meaty sensations. Until the 20th century, umami was not thoroughly understood in Western societies; however, it has been unknowingly appreciated for years in stocks, broths, aged cheeses, protein-rich foods, tomato products, dried mushrooms, and kelp among others. Expand the Project Resources section below to download a copy of the Umami White Paper.

Highlights for the Umami and Healthy Eating Project include an exploration of:

  • Association between umami compounds and appetite
  • Relationship between consumption of foods with umami compounds and nutrient profiles as well as nutrient status..
  • Relationship between consumption of foods with umami compounds and impact on energy intake.
  • Project Team

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup members

    • Kristi Crowe, PhD, RD, LD, Chair
    • Diana Cullum-Dugan, RD, LD (resigned April 2014)
    • Janice King, MEd, RD, LDN
    • Atsuko Sasaki, MPH, MS, RD
    • Carina Venter, PhD, SRD

    Project Manager

    • Lisa Moloney, MS,RD, LDN

    Lead Analysts

    • Elizabeth Droke, PhD, RD, LD
    • Sue Benson-Davies, PhD, DCN, MPH, RD, LN


    • Keiy Murofushi, MS, RD
    • Vijaya Juturu, PhD, FACN
    • Jennifer Shoemaker, MS, RD, LD/N
    • Valaree Williams, MS, RD, LDN

    Academy Staff

    • Paula Ziegler, PhD, RD

    FInancial Contributor

    • Ajinomoto
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts.
  • Project Resources

    The following resource was developed:

    • What is Umami and How do I Explain It?  This White Paper was prepared by Kristi Crowe, PhD, RD, LD.   (PDF)