Grate Flavors.

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!

Read the entire article at the Wall Street Journal.

Read a response to her article by Registered Dietitian Janet Helm.

2 Comment

  1. Candie says:

    We always encourage our kids to try something new. Usually we say something like, “you don’t have to like it but at least try it once, I think you’lll really like it.” Letting them see mom & dad eat new things with enthusiasm makes them want to try too. Plus, if they don’t like something new, don’t push it. They will try new more frequently if they don’t feel so pressured!

    1. Alli says:

      Wo Hoo! Thanks for the brilliant comment. I love that there isn’t pressure if they try it and don’t like it. Let us know the next new veggie you try at your house and how it goes over!

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