| Taste is natural. Taste buds unlock foods’ nutrition and provide the perfect start to the digestive process.
Food speaks to us through taste. A juicy pear announces a gentle message of delight; while flaming chili peppers shout, "Warning!"
Take time to tune into the tastes different foods provide. Learn to recognize what your body desires. Our bodies have an inherent wisdom regarding food and nutrition.
All foods can be categorized as; Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent, and Astringent. The first four tastes are commonly recognized. The last two are not as recognized to some people. Pungent foods are hot and spicy like chili pepper; while astringent tastes dry and light like popcorn.
When you include all six tastes into each meal you come closer to meeting your body’s nutritional needs naturally. Each unique taste feeds our Mind, Body, and Spirit, in its own unique way. From a nutritional perspective, the six tastes satisfy each of the major dietary building blocks. Sweet foods are rich in fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and water, whereas bitter and astringent foods are high in vitamins and minerals.
The brain sends the body signals when it is hungry. By including all six tastes into each meal, we ensure that these signals are adequately met, thus avoiding food cravings or the over-consumption of certain foods.
Including the six tastes in each meal doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Adding a squeeze of lemon to cooked dishes and you quickly satisfy the sour taste. While a side salad fulfills the bitter and astringent tastes.
Pay attention to your unique constitution to determine the amount of each taste you eat. The body naturally desires certain tastes to balance its makeup and avoids tastes that are aggravating. If we learn to simply listen to our body and follow our natural inclinations, we are led to the proper foods.