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I think the umami story's possible role as a nutritional guide is most intriguing. It seems to be pointing to fermented foods, which, incidentally, are being recognized for their importance in supplying probiotics for digestive health. Digestion, in turn, may play a greater role in overall mental and physical well-being than was previously thought. When Omar Khayyam claimed in "The Rubaiyat" that a jug of wine and a loaf of bread (both products of yeast fermentation) could turn wilderness into paradise, he was on to something.

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