Natural food and beverage flavour enhancers
Methven, L. (2012) Natural food and beverage flavour enhancers. In: Baines, D. and Seal, R. (eds.) Natural food additives, ingredients and flavourings. Woodhead, Cambridge, pp. 76-95. ISBN 9781845698119
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Flavour enhancers are of great importance to the food industry and the consumer, in terms of achieving strong, balanced and preferred product flavour. The understanding and use of flavour enhancers can help to avoid excessive use of individual ingredients such as salt or specific character impact flavours. This chapter first discusses savoury flavour enhancement through the use of ingredients rich in amino acids and 5’nucleotides. It later includes the potential role of peptides and Maillard derived compounds. The role of volatile flavour compounds in the enhancement of salt and sweet taste is also discussed.