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Modern Concepts & Developments in Agronomy

The Taste That Kills!

  • Open or Close Anjali K Gohel*

    R&D Trainee, Hindustan Unilever Limited, India

    *Corresponding author: Anjali K Gohel, R&D Trainee, Hindustan Unilever Limited, India, Email:

Submission: October 04, 2017; Published: March 12, 2018

Volume1 Issue3
March 2018


The sensation of flavor perceived by taste buds in the mouth and throat on contact with a substance is defined as taste. The primary role of taste enhancers is to increase the delicacy of food, give an identity to the product and a lasting memory. However, there is a darker side to the same picture without which the true definition of taste enhancers is incomplete. Excitotoxins are one of the taste enhancers found in abundance in many natural as well as artificial food products. These agents cause certain neurons in brain to become over stimulated and fire continuously until they exhaust and die, hence the term - “excito-toxins”.

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