You, dear meat lover, are not wrong for liking meat.
No, but surely you knew that. But we’ve just been made aware of some very important research (out of, where else? Australia. OK, we won’t beat the gag to death and will stop there this time). Not only are you not wrong for liking meat, you a more evolved and advanced being. So says possibly the most important new research of the century.
The researchers posit that we have not five senses of taste, but six, with fat joining sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (which is some Asian bullshit, but whatever).
“Researchers tested 30 people’s ability to taste a range of fatty acids in otherwise plain solutions and found that all were able to determine the taste — though some required higher concentrations than others,” reports the AFP. So what of those people who required higher concentrations? Those who could barely detect the fat? They are fools. Also they are obese, because they don’t taste the fat, and so eat more of it, according to the report.
The taste of fat also triggered a mechanism within the bodies of test subjects, said the researchers. That’s science.
Now, while this hasn’t yet been proved (or even suggested), we’d posit that if you examined our brains here at the Butcher, fat would trigger the same endorphins in us as heroin does in normal people (the way Nighttrain triggers them in Bowery bums).
Technically, officially fat is not yet classified as a taste (there is some more testing related to taste receptor cells or some other mumbo jumbo), but the classification is all but inevitable, one of the researchers told the AFP.