Don’t write me off! I’m just a fungi!
Ok, enough of the mushroom puns.
How often do you try new foods? Or try foods you may not have enjoyed in the past?
I am not a fussy eater. There isn’t much I won’t eat, or at least try. I don’t get put off my food easily and enjoy a wide range of vegetables.
Mushrooms, however, are the one thing I have tried multiple times and never been able to enjoy. Until my first pregnancy! At the age of 26, pregnant with my first child I lost my love of veg, it all made me feel very nauseous. My cravings for fruit went through the roof and the only veg I could stomach was peas and spinach. That was until I was served the wrong burger in a bar which contained mushrooms. Instead of sending it back or picking them out I ate them and loved every bite! Since then, and especially most recently since the birth of my second baby, I can’t get enough of them. I add them to every meal possible. Mushrooms are packed full of fiber and protein as well as being a great source of B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, and vitamin D.
What are taste buds?
We are born with approximately 10, 000 taste buds. Like all living cells taste buds die and reproduce. Surprisingly the life cycle of a taste bud is only two weeks! They are designed to signal the digestive system to prepare to digest and absorb nutrients. The five recognised tastes are; sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
Our sense of smell also plays a part in how we taste foods. By breathing and chewing at the same time our brain helps us to detect flavours we recognise. (We have all tried holding our nose to try to eat something we are not keen on at some point in our lives.
Taste is also effected by a number of factors.
The process of taste buds dying and reproducing slows with age. After about 40 years of age fewer taste buds return (remember we have around 10, 000 to work with!) Our sense of smell also decreases which effects how we taste foods.
Have you noticed how your perception of foods change when you have a cold? This is due to blocked noses effecting our ability to smell foods.
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, stress and sleep deprivation can also effect how we taste foods and which foods we lean towards.
The highly processed foods are made to be as tasty as possible so we keep coming back to them. They are packed with additives which tickle our taste buds and make your tongue do the tango! The more processed foods we eat the less we are able to appreciate the natural flavours in fruit and veg. Try cutting down on/cutting out processed foods and added sugar for a week or so and notice how suddenly fruit is all the more delicious and how veg suddenly has a whole world of extra flavour.
Try, try and try again
As with children, it sometimes take a few tries of the same foods for us to realise we actually like them. Don’t try something once and decide you don’t like it. Give it a chance and you may find it grows on you.
The point I am trying to make is that even if you think you don’t like certain foods you know you should be adding to your diet, don’t write them off completely. Keep trying them at different points in your life. Try them in a variety of forms; raw, sauteed, boiled or baked. Combine them with different flavors. You never know, you may just find a new favourite food!
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