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Retrain Your Taste Buds

Did you know?

You can train your taste buds to like nutrient dense foods! Over the course of 21 days, your body constantly regenerates and creates new taste buds. Studies have shown that your saliva actually changes as well! Over time your saliva changes to contain more proteins which bind to astringent compounds, making food taste less bitter. This helps when you are trying to eat foods like broccoli, brussel sprouts, dark chocolate (instead of milk chocolate).

Try this!

Introduce a healthier food item for a full 21-day cycle and see how your taste buds respond. Also, eliminate one food you know is terrible for you. Your body will love you for it and you’ll feel a lot better too.

SEM of the surface of a human tongue (Getty Images/Science Source)

Little Ones

Not only does this work on adults, this has been shown to work with picky kiddos! Keep offering and don’t give up! Often children will eventually come around after trying a food after 4-5 times and decide they like it. Do you have a picky eater? Check out this tips from the Boston Children’s Hospital.

If you’re still having trouble downing those greens, pair them with something you do like (e.g. grated parmesan on top of your broccoli or pureed spinach in your kiddo’s mac n cheese).

“Initially, what you’re doing is masking their flavor, but after several exposures, your brain forms a positive association with both tastes. You’ll soon find you like the new food on its own.”

Alan Hirsch, M.D., Neurological Director of Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation