There are five basic tastes that our tongues are sensitive to: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and umami. They're what our bodies respond to when we take a bite of the perfect cheeseburger (or any cheeseburger, really), or a burrito, or a cupcake. But now, researchers have found there's a sixth basic taste, and -- not to knock science or anything -- it's a pretty obvious one.
A team at Purdue University found that our taste buds' reaction to fat is comparable to that of the five basic tastes. Really, anyone who has ever eaten bacon could tell you this, but now science has confirmed it!
For the study, the Washington Post reports, participants were given solutions that featured the basic tastes, plus "fatty." In addition to having taste receptors for the fatty taste, participants were also able to distinguish it from the other basic tastes. According to the Post, the three fatty acids that make up fat are what give it that "mouth feel and creaminess we associate with it," but the research deals only with one of the fatty acids: the longest, and the one that creates the unique flavor profile for fat.