I recently took a vacation to Florida to visit my best friend and on the flight back I started reading one of the airplane magazines. There was an interesting article that said our taste buds regenerate every 2 weeks and that “supertasters” have more taste buds making bitter foods such as Brussels sprouts and dark greens intolerable.
There are 3 types of “tasters:”
Supertasters – have an increased number of taste buds and tend to be very picky (this likely developed as a result of evolution so that the human species could better detect a poison in food)
Normal Tasters – have the average number of taste buds (2,000-8,000)
Nontasters – have a reduced number of taste buds. Can eat almost anything
Here is an interesting way to see whether you are a “supertaster,” “normal taster” or “under taster”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/articles/senses/tongue_experiment.shtml
More importantly, people who are supertasters have an increased intolerance for vegetables!
As a dietitian, this is very concerning to me.
Here are some ways I spice up my vegetables:
- Add a low-fat or light salad dressing
- Sprinkle some pepper over the vegetables
- Stuff your vegetables
- Tuna stuffed red or green peppers
- Add vegetable to sauces and stews
- Mix vegetables to casseroles and mixed dishes
- Add vegetables to foods that you do like
- Add vegetables to cottage cheese, omelets, muffin batters, etc.
- Use shredded cabbage or spaghetti squash in place of pasta
Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. They are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber and necessary for optimal health. Eating fruits and vegetables can help decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke and even some cancers.
Question of the day: How you do incorporate vegetables into your diet?