Your Taste Buds Do More Than You Think
Centuries ago there were no labels telling us the nutritional content of food, calories were not calculated, and no one knew the protein content in a handful of kale. Yet somehow our resilient, attune, beautiful ancestors managed to keep their bodies strong, healthy, and balanced with the foods that Mother Nature created in their lands. How? All thanks to one of the strongest, most versatile, and hard-working muscles in their radiant bods: the tongue.
The tongue has 10,000 sexy taste buds that can taste 6 distinct tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent. Ancient eastern traditions teach us that all 6 tastes should be consumed at each and every meal in order to support digestion, balance appetite, reach full satiation, and ensure that we are getting the adequate nutrition that our bodies need to function optimally. This not only means squashing cravings and late night grazing, but an effortless sense of healing in your cells, balance in your body, and love in your life.
Your tongue is designed to identify the nutrients your body needs by taste, which means that you are naturally inclined to desire all 6. As you can imagine, the typical Western diet is heavy on the sweet and salty and often lacks a complex, tantalizing, and satiating combination of all 6 unique tastes. Your natural instincts to seek out these other tastes can quickly get buried underneath chemical-induced cravings, emotional habits, and a serious disconnect from your body's signals. Check out where you can find each taste in your diet, and what exactly they are doing to keep you body glowing and growing:
Sweetness is most associated with sugary foods in the Western world, but sweetness is found in more than just treats – grains, vegetables, milk, and legumes can all satisfy your sweet spot. Sweet increases bulk, moisture and weight in the body.
Bitterness is found in many spices (such as turmeric and dandelion root), green leafy vegetables (like cabbage, spinach and kale) as well as fruits like grapefruit and olives. Bitter taste has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. It can help to reduce water retention, body weight, and nausea.
Sour taste is commonly found in citrus fruits, sour dairy products like cheese, and fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut, and wine. Sourness stimulates digestion, energizes the body, helps circulation and elimination, and sharpens the senses.
Salty taste is found mainly in vegetables like celery, cucumber, and seaweed. Salt brings out the flavor in food, improves digestion, lubricates tissues, dries up mucous, maintains mineral balance, aids in the elimination of wastes, and calms the nerves.
Pungent is hot and spicy and is found in certain vegetables such as chili, garlic, and peppers. Pungency clears the sinuses, stimulates digestion, aids circulation, promotes sweating and detoxification, and revs up the metabolism. Ow ow!
Astringency is the least common of the 6 tastes. It can be found in fruits such as pomegranates, pears, cranberries, and grapes, as well as vegetables like asparagus, artichoke, cauliflower and broccoli. Astringent taste aids in digestion and elimination and works to cleanse the body.
TANTALIZE YOUR 6 TASTES WITH OUR TOP MEALS
In honor of next week’s TOP LIST menu we are shining the spotlight on one of our favorite tantalizing meals that will tickle your taste buds in six different ways. The meal? Our Tantric Tandoori Cauliflower.
Get an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at next week's menu:
Day 1: Breezy Berry Scone w/ Slow-Churned Apple Butter, Indian Spiced Samosas w/ Sweet + Spicy Chutney, Lentil Pasta Salad w/ Arugula Hemp Seed Pesto
Day 2: Chia & Coconut Protein Waffles, Mediterranean Quinoa Tabbouleh, Tantric Tandoori Cauliflower
Tune in each day this week as we reveal the rest of next week's TOP LIST menu. Did your favorite meal make the cut?
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