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International Journal of Food and Fermentation Technology
Year : 2012, Volume : 2, Issue : 2
First page : ( 113) Last page : ( 121)
Print ISSN : 2249-1570. Online ISSN : 2277-9396.

Taste producing components in fish and fisheries products: A review

Sarower Mohammed Golam1,*, Hasanuzzaman Abul Farah Md.1, Biswas Bhabananda1, Abe Hiroki2

1Present address: Fisheries and Marine Resource Technology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna9208, Bangladesh

2Present address: Research Institute of Seafood Biochemistry, 3-23-20 Kamiigusa #205, Suginami, Tokyo167–0023, Japan

*Email: bhbiswas@yahoo.com

Online published on 23 May, 2013.


The extractive constituents, which are known as taste active components of fisheries products in many research works have been reviewed..This review found glutamate, glycine, alanine, arginine, proline, valine, methionine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, inosine 5’-monophosphate (IMP), adenosine 5’monophosphate (AMP), guanosine 5’-monophosphate (GMP), trimethylamine, trimethylamine oxide (TMAO), glycine betaine, lactate, succinate as important contributors to the taste of raw and processed fisheries products. Sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami are the basic tastes, defined by these taste active components. Sweet taste is imparted by glycine, alanine, TMAO while bitter taste by arginine and other hydrophobic amino acids. Glutamate has a role in sour taste, and contributes to umami taste through synergetic effects in co-existence of IMP, GMP and AMP. The large amount of alanine or glutamate suppresses the sweetness effect of glycine through antagonistic effect. However, these taste-producing components vary with species, environments, various processing methods and relative quantities among them.



Fish, fisheries products, taste, umami.


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