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Not a whole lotta taste?

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Globe and Mail had an interesting article this morning (not on-line, apparently) on new research with respect to supertasters, regular tasters and nontasters.

There's a method of testing to determine which of these you might be: a dye to count tastebuds on the tongue. And a chemical test through which you apply concentrated "bitter": the supertasters react so intensely that they experience nausea with this test.

However, I'm suspecting that most of us already know which we are After all, we live with the mouths we have every day!

So: supertasters who have heightened sensitivity to bitter vegetables tend not to eat 'em . . . and get more colorectal cancers as a result. Supertasters tend to self-select for careers in cooking. And supertasters tend to be naturally lean because they don't like to eat too many fat or highly sweetened foods either.

Nontasters grazing at a banquet will eat way more calories than the average person. Presumably because . . . yeah. Takes more to satisfy. Three chocolate desserts instead of one!

And regular tasters? Somewhere in the middle.

So what's the takeaway?

it's not just about will power if you're a nontaster, right? Gotta be about managing the environment, consciously enjoying the food we choose to eat, controlling the portions so we don't keep on grazing to get the "taste" satisfactions that supertasters experiencemore quickly, more strongly.

So: weight loss isn't about morality. Lean people aren't better people than fat people. We knew that already. But for us nontasters (or even regular tasters maybe) . . . it's about recognizing and managing the metabolisms we're born with. The supertasters simply aren't tormented by the potato chips the way I am!! It's easier for them to resist!

Now that makes me feel better!
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    I must be a supertaster. I like bitter foods though. I can taste many details in foods. I don't like super sweet foods. I don't like the taste of too many flavors at once. I hate the taste of most processed foods.
    1914 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I can remember watching a scientific programme on TV years ago that talked about this, I found it fascinating and to me it made real sense about why some people can eat almost anything and others are so picky. I think there is some truth in it! It' s not so much "non tasting" as "dulled tasting".... I can't think of a single food stuff I don't like.
    1914 days ago
    Yeah, my best days are the days when I eat ONLY foods that I love and crave, and skip the stuff I find to be mediocre - I can eat less if I focus on what I love. However, than often leaves out some of the healthier items in the food world. So I try to balance my fave foods with those I like that are good for me.
    1914 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Likely a non-taster here who followed the Seafood Diet most of my adult life. I See Food and eat it. (groan, old joke).
    1915 days ago
    Tasting is what it's all about. I enjoy so many of the tastes out there.

    Imagine if food had no taste at all - and only texture. I'll bet that many of us would not have a problem with eating less food.

    (Then, of course, we might all become addicted to some other behaviors or substances that are not good for us, but that make us feel good. LOL)

    Thanks for the interesting blog!
    1915 days ago
    I'm probably a nontaster too! And I never met a food I didn't like!!
    1915 days ago
    Yes, I must be a non-taster. Very interesting article. I do think I've re-set my tastes by changing what I eat. I'm pretty happy eating plain food now. Things like unsweetened oatmeal are fine with me, although I enjoy it with cinnamon and/or fruit or milk. Stuff that plane I would not have eaten when I was heavy. But there is hardly anything I would not eat due to taste. There are things I don't eat because of trans or saturated fat, empty calories, too much sugar, etc. My hubby thinks of me as a very picky eater, but I think of myself as a healthy eater. I just don't want to eat frozen pizzas, prime rib, breaded fried fish, fried potatoes, Hot Pockets, etc.

    I'm wondering about my daughter. She is so picky and would rather be hungry than eat something she doesn't like - including tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, etc. Yet she has a weight problem. Hmmm.
    1915 days ago
    hmmmm.... how interesting!
    Methinks we all could benefit from
    TASTING, period.
    1915 days ago
    I'd just like to slow down enough to taste my food!
    1915 days ago
    Really interesting. Too bad it's not one you could link to!
    1915 days ago
    I've always said fat is not a personality disorder!

    I really don't like bitter vegetables. Broccoli can definitely gag me. I avoid cauliflower, too. I can eat raw cabbage, but don't like cooked. But I wouldn't call myself naturally thin.

    I like the taste of many foods, but I love texture in food, too. It's complicated.
    1915 days ago
    I think texture is more important to me than taste. Sometimes gooey & pablum-ized is what I'm looking for...often it's crunchy, chewy, something that requires some gnoshing...love my raw veggies for that!

    1915 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1915 days ago
  • DALID414
    I remember doing a strip test in high school. I recall being one of the few totally grossed out by it! My classmates were looking at me like I was exaggerating my reaction to it!
    1915 days ago
    Interesting blog. I must be a non-taster. I hadn't thought that HOW we taste was important. I've often described myself as someone who likes to chew and swallow... taste was never mentioned. Hmm.
    1915 days ago
  • NANCY-
    It comes down to satisfaction... if it is repulsive we avoid it... If it gives us hints of pleasure we seek it out. However there is something to be said for an acquired taste, the taste buds can be manipulated and so can the brain. Oops... sorry I got a bit opinionated here.

    I like that you make me think. :) Thanks.
    1915 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/22/2013 8:55:30 AM
    Very interesting. I'm probably not a supertaster but probably somewhere between average and super. On one hand I'd have thought no tasters wouldn't eat as much because food was t as satisfying. Never thought about it the other way around. Go figure. Thanks for sharing.

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    1915 days ago
    I found that eating slowly and with awareness, rather than mindless grazing, was key for me, and although I always eat what I like, rather than because something's good for me, my tastes have changed now I'm concentrating on what I'm eating, so more often than not, I'm cooking myself good nutritious meals, and takeaways are just a treat.
    1915 days ago
    Maybe somewhere along the way we also forgot how to supertaste and can be supertasters too! Only eating "worth it" foods. I'm trying to learn to do that now.
    1915 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    1915 days ago
    I must be a non taster too. I have always had a enormous capacity to eat food. It took a food scale and tracking to make me face reality.
    1915 days ago
    Thanks for the share. Many ways of looking at things all lead back to: we are all an experiment of ONE, and have to find what we need to do to live healthy as the ONE we are!

    Spark on!
    1915 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    This is a great blog. It does take will power to give up things you love, but it can happen. I gave up my diet cokes . I don't miss them. Have a great day.
    1915 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That was interesting. I am in the non taster category. There are so many factors in weight management. I may be a non taster, but I love my food.

    Thanks for an great blog.
    1915 days ago
  • JGRAY76
    I am definately a non-taster. This is the first time I have ever thought about this. Thanks for a great blog.
    1915 days ago
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