Do you get an irresistible sweet tooth after a meal? You can curb the natural tendency to eat something sweet after a meal by feeding all five tastes during the meal.
What are the five tastes?
Sweet – usually signifies an energy-rich food and very pleasant to the taste buds.
Sour – found in acidic foods.
Salty – simple, anything that has sufficient sodium molecules to be detected by the taste buds.
Bitter – it is of great interest to scientists that many bitter compounds in nature are poisonous, which may explain why children stay away from bitter foods. But as we age, many of us eat and enjoy bitter foods like coffee, cocoa, beer, olives and citrus peels.
Umami – the most recent taste to be defined, umami comes out of the Asian culture and is defined as a savory or meaty flavor. In our culture it as is found in cheese, soy sauce and other aged or fermented foods.
If you find yourself wanting something sweet after dinner, try a little low glycemic fruit like cherries, berries or pears either with the meal or after. The theory is that if any of the tastes are lacking in the diet, your body will be unsatisfied. Eating the fruit will help you avoid reaching for the refined sugars which are lacking in nutrients and actually draw precious nutrients from your body in order to be metabolized.
Eat real food to build real health!
Cassandra Mick, CNE
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