Stop Reaching For the Sweets!
Rather Than Attempting To Satisfy Your Appetite Try Satisfying Your 5 Taste Preferences and Lose Weight Fast!
Satisfying the different tastes goes beyond simply satisfying an appetite, satisfying all tastes helps avoid binge eating and ensures we don’t develop any nutrient deficiencies.
The 5 Major Tastes recognized by humans are; Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, and umami tastes.
If you are attempting to lose weight it’s you must understand how you can activate all 5 taste sensors to avoid reaching for the sweets after dinner.
This concept will argue that our cravings for sweets is a symptom of deficiency, and that a steak will help relieve that craving much more than any candy bar could ever do!
Why We Evolved Taste Sensors Anway
It’s likely that taste evolved to help determine the good from the bad; healthy (Vitamin C) versus toxic (Phytic acid) foods.
Let's take a look at the 5 tastes;
1. Salt – With salt comes many electrolytes which are essential for human life. Enjoyment of salt would encourage consumption of needed electrolytes and encourage survival.
2. Bitter – Avoidance of bitter foods would help the Paleo Man avoid toxic nutrients such as poisonous plants but also anti-nutrient dense foods like grains and beans. These foods can’t be consumed raw, and early Paleo Man was not smart enough to cook them!
***Note that it’s easy to distinguish between these first two even for our smaller brained ancestors!
3. Umami – Enjoyment of this type of food would encourage protein consumption.
4. Sour – It makes sense why some people enjoy sour foods and others don’t. Sour foods (fermented) are good in small amounts, however in large doses can be unhealthy. This makes sense as humans can only tolerate moderate amounts of sourness
5. Sweet – Enjoying sweets is an interesting one. It seems sweet foods generally represent nutrient rich foods.
Early Paleo Man evolved eating more tubers for carbs than fruit, however starch is much less sweet than fructose so it wouldn’t satisfy the crave. A good explanation for this is found here, but basically it is this;
a. Some Amino Acids are indeed sweet (Alanine, Glycine, and Serine). Seth Robert suggests Umami enjoyment only encourages lean protein sources, while fatty cuts of meat would not only satisfy umami needs but also the sweet tooth!
b. The development of a sweet tooth would encourage more fatty cuts of meat versus lean cuts as the fatty cut would provide much more calories and provide many more nutrients (Amino Acids which are building blocks for life).
c. This theory also suggests that plants may have adapted fructose to trick animals’ sweet sensors into eating their fruit (the the sweet fructose would trick us into thinking it's rich in Amino Acids), thus spreading the seed (after we eat the fruit) to ensure the plants survival.
This is a mutually beneficial relationship as we have adapted to store fructose as fat for the winter months!
Paleo And Weight Loss
When this need is not met (an Amino Acid deficiency perhaps) the body will keep craving this sweet taste which leads to over consumption of sweet candy, which does nothing to satisfy the root cause of the craving!
All this will do is add calories to your diet and rolls to your body!
Breaking Down The 5 Tastes
Sweet foods include; herbs/spices, cinnamon, sugar, honey, butter, cream, wheat, barley , almonds, fruits, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, avocado, etc.
Sour foods can stimulate digestive health and increase appetite. John Meadows talks in detail about fermented foods for digestive health in many of his articles. Sour foods can increase metabolism.
Sour foods include yogurt, sour cream, citrus fruits, strawberries, raspberries, tomato, sour kraut, Kimchi, etc.
Salty foods have a warming, soothing and drying effect on the body. In small amounts salt can help digestion however in excess can stimulate water retention which can make the body look soft!
Salty foods include of course salt, soy sauce, celery, deli meat, smoked meat, and many processed foods.
Salt is an easy one.
With access to just about any food on the planet, many Americans avoid bitter foods. Bitter foods like green vegetables can take getting used to, however are very healthy in smaller amounts.
Bitter foods are often catabolic and can lead to weight loss. Be careful however because too much of a good thing can be bad, and many plants have toxic compounds mixed in with the healthy nutrients. Nothing in excess is a good thing.
That's the problem with the whole raw/vegan idea. Many plants have compounds that bind with the nutrients so you can't absorb them…that is why vegans often look unhealthy and malnourished.
Bitter foods include herbs and spices, eggplant, green tea, dark chocolate, walnuts, green leafy vegetables, etc.
Umami foods are rich and provide body to any dish. Umami foods include mushrooms, meat, tamari, and other cured foods.
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What do your meals consist of? Are you being lazy and only satisfying one or two tastes?
Paleo meals should include healthy, fatty cuts of meat (sweet and umami) with vegetables (bitter) and other alkaline foods to balance your Ph levels.
Obviously any dish will have salt added and some kimchi or sauerkraut can help digest the meal. Kimchi goes great on top of rice!
Give this a shot and leave those cravings for the weak and lazy!