Salt, fat, and sugar taste good. It’s not new news that restaurant chains and food manufacturers pump out these ingredients in excess to tantalize our taste buds.
In the Wall Street Journal article, For Healthy Eating, Bitter Is Better, Barb Stuckey urges readers to eat a broader range of tastes. She claims that a diverse palate will help your family enjoy a healthier diet. Stuckey develops new food products and is annoyed that Americans are unwilling to try new flavors. We’re in a flavor rut and it’s affecting our waistlines.
My favorite quote from her article reads,
“We also may be altering our brain chemistry by eating more and more sweeter and sweeter foods. New research shows that the excessive consumption of calorically dense foods changes the way that our brain responds to future foods. The effect is akin to a drug addict’s need for more and more heroin to satisfy his craving.”
As a response to this article I started including my boys in seasoning food. I bought them each a $1 hand grater, whole nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks. These spices are helpful in enhancing the natural sweetness in foods. When we have oatmeal or smoothies I get out their seasoning equipment. They feel important because they have a role in food prep. Plus they like to sword fight with their hand graters.
How do you help your kids accept different flavors? Let us know in a comment below!