Many people say they cannot eat vegetables, or other foods for that matter, without sauces, etc to give them flavor.
I link to a few articles on the subject below, but I am not sure there is a lot of good science on re-training your taste buds to enjoy the taste of healthy food.
Now I am personally of the belief that most of us eating the Standard American Diet have “deadened” our taste buds to the true tastes of foods. I think that the pervasive presence of sugar or other sweeteners in virtually everything has caused us to not like the natural flavors of unprocessed real food. Don’t believe me? What about that sweetened salad dressing you use? This is the point where you look at me like I am crazy and say your dressing is not sweet.
Well here is the ingredient list for a popular salad dressing sold in grocery stores:
Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean And/Or Canola), Sugar, Less Than 2% of: Dried Avocado, Buttermilk, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Natural Flavors (Soy), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Maltodextrin, Mixed Glutamate, Honey, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Sorbic Acid And Calcium Disodium Edta As Preservatives. Contains: Egg, Milk, Soy.
Okay, number two ingredient (they are listed in order of the highest content) is unhealthy Omega 6 vegetable oils and number 3 ingredient is sugar! Nothing like ruining your nice healthy salad with this stuff. Try picking things up and reading the ingredient list, if you see sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, or other words ending with “ose” it likely contains added sugar.
However, I am also of the belief that you can slowly re-sensitize your taste buds to the real taste of foods. I now love the taste of most raw veggies, and can actually eat a well made salad without any dressing at all and enjoy it. The trick to doing this is to slowly decrease the additive, sauce, dressing, or whatever you are using to cover up the real taste until you can start to notice the real taste and enjoy it.
There are other tricks as well, such as doing combinations of things together (think nut butters and celery for instance).
Also, liberal use of natural spices and oils can help as well. Many of these contain a lot of healthy compounds such as antioxidants.
I actually make my own salad dressing which I use at home, courtesy of Isabel De Los Rios, a certified holistic nutritionist and certified exercise specialist, of beyonddiet.com. I change it up a little, but here is her version:
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard, organic
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, organic
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt, unrefined and pure
- 1/4 c. vinegar, apple cider, organic, unfiltered, raw
- 3/4 c. olive oil, extra virgin, unrefined and unfiltered, organic
- 2 tbs. cheese, parmesan, raw, organic
Combine all ingredients in a salad shaker, and shake well! The apple cider vinegar is the “magic ingredient,” but the olive oil is the main ingredient and will make up most of the dressing. Enjoy! 1 serving = 1 tablespoon
I suspect this healthy dressing will be cheaper than the processed stuff with all the ingredients you cannot pronounce bought in the store. Notice the recommended serving size – not much compared to the quarter bottle you probably now pour on.
Hope you enjoy the article and maybe try to work out those buds a little.