Taste Buds -- Retrain to Reduce Cravings and Lose Weight

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Your taste buds are little sensors that connect directly to your brain. Fast acting impulses that spark an avalanche of activity in your body begin when food hits your taste buds. These little sensors tell our brains what we have ingested and that starts your body's system to handle that food.

In the primitive world, where salt and sugar were not readily available we were probably capable of tasting a lot of other flavors. Salt and sugar dull our taste buds so that we think that foods that are not salty or sugary have no flavor.

Retrain your taste buds helps your body enjoy healthier foods. Many foods do not taste great because we expect that they should be salty or sugary. A good example of how this works is with wine. If you have a diet that is full of sweats then you probably do not like the taste of wine because it is bitter and acidic. If you retrain your taste buds by eating less sugar then you probably like wine because you can taste the subtle flavors found in the grapes.

So when the waiter says, " This merlot is full-bodied and smoky with a hint of both dandelions and the north wind," you might taste the north wind in that glass of merlot. If you have not retrained your taste buds, that glass of merlot probably tastes like pickle juice.

While those last few sentences are a bit of an exaggeration, the concept behind it remains true. If you want to lose weight and gain health, then consider retaining your taste buds. You also get more enjoyment out of foods when you can taste the subtle flavors. Kick salt and sugar to the curb and discover how good food really is.

If you would like some help discovering healthy foods, just head over to the Metabolic Research Center. There you will find a supportive community, recipes that are both healthy and delicious, and professionals who can help you eat better, lose weight, and gain health.


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