Flavour Food Items That Help to Lose Weight

Flavour Food Items That Help to Lose WeightThe flavours that we get from food are normally and broadly classified into:

  • Bitter
  • Salty
  • Sour
  • Sweet

These are common flavours that people know. However, there is another flavour called Umami, which has been concluded by a new research to have a unique impact on appetite of the consumer.

Umami mean ‘pleasant savoury taste’ and is described as meaty, soupy and mouth-watering sensation with aftertaste that lasts long and balances the overall flavour of the dish that contains umami-rich ingredients. Umami is referred to by many chefs as a synergizer of flavours and enhances the flavour when added into food items as monosodium glutamate or MSG, which is a food additive.

According to the study that was published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MSG stimulates appetite while eating but boosts satiety after the meal too. MSG was added to a soup and served to volunteers, who ultimately ate less lately through the day. MSG should be avoided as a food additive. A research conducted in 1960s revealed that high quantity of MSG fed to laboratory mice destroyed their brain nerve cells. Breathing trouble and headache are the common side-effects experienced by people sensitive towards high quantity of MSG. However, Umami naturally occurs in many healthy items. Some of the natural sources of Umami are:

Green Tea

Regular use of green teas reduces aging and risk of osteoporosis, cancer, blood pressure and heart disease. It also helps in weight loss. Besides, brewed green tea can be used to marinade and whole leaves can be added to food too.


Each standard cup of mushrooms contains only 20 calories. Besides, mushrooms are the only Vitamin D source in the botanic world, which is a vital nutrient known to decrease the rates of certain cancers, osteoporosis, high pressure, certain heart diseases and type-II diabetes. It is favourable towards weight loss too. More fat in the belly and in total are linked to consumption of insufficient Vitamin D. Besides, recent research revealed that adequate level of Vitamin D in blood boosts energy in cells and thus improves strength of muscles and helps them function more efficiently.

Mushrooms contain special antioxidants that prevent hear diseases and aging. The elements found in mushrooms control the estrogen level in women and prevent breast cancer. Shiitake, which is a popular mushroom species in Japan, especially has high concentration of Umami. Mushrooms can be sauted with a little garlic in low-sodium organic vegetable broth and added to sandwiches, soups, salads, omelettes, etc. to be eaten.


The benefit of seaweed ranges from weight loss to heart-protection. Certain seaweed proteins have effect of blood-pressure medicine. Besides, its iodine regulate thyroid, magnesium improves sleep and enhances mood.


Ripe tomatoes contain higher level of Umami. Tomatoes prevent wrinkles, reduce risk of certain cancer and heart disease and provide higher amount of lycopene. Most importantly, tomatoes can be consumed in arguably infinite number ways.


There are 3 types of Umami substances present in truffles, which can be said to be the greatest delicacy in the World. This fungus is difficult to be cultivated. Thin slices of truffle and truffle oil can be used.

Right intake of these foods can really contribute towards a well-balanced weight loss plan of any individual.