Today I’m going to talk tastebuds! You have about 10,000 of them on the top of your tongue and they are what recognise the 5 basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. Your tastebuds help you enjoy certain foods but they can be trained to help you eat more healthily too!
As we age, our taste buds get less efficient and our saliva production declines, making it more difficult to detect the flavours and smells in food. This makes it important to add as much flavour to your food as possible so you don’t rely too heavily on salt.
If you are trying to reduce your sugar/salt intake or are suffering with age related taste changes here are some handy tips:
*If you are cooking a crumble I use eating apples instead of cooking apples, that way there’s no need to add sugar 🍎
*Don’t be afraid to reduce the amount of sugar in recipes – a lot of cakes taste just as good if you reduce the sugar in the recipe by 75%. I always do this and no one notices!
*Remember that all “alternatives “ to sugar such as honey, maple syrup, golden syrup, coconut sugar, molasses are all still sugar!
*Replace salt with a variety of alternatives- chillies 🌶 and other spices can be added to pasta dishes, chilli, spaghetti bolognese, soups and stews; squeeze lemon juice onto fish dishes or grate the zest on top and bake in the oven in a foil bag, add fresh or dried herbs, garlic, ground black pepper – all these things will add heaps of flavour and negate the need for added salt
You will soon notice how quickly you are adapting and how your palate has changed, just keep persevering, it will be worth it!