Does eating Paleo (or a close variation) Affect your Taste Buds?

Answered on September 16, 2014
Created February 03, 2013 at 11:05 PM

In the first two weeks, I became very sensitive to salt.

Since then, however, I've noticed a couple of things: - I get HORRIFIC bad breath. and - I seem to be losing my ability to taste subtle flavors and salt.

I'm having to ask others if they think things are seasoned right. This may be in some way correlated to the fact that my appetite is almost non-existent for large parts of the day.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a deficiency I'm dealing with, or is this a normal transition from overly "enhanced" processed foods to healthy eating?

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on February 03, 2013
at 11:13 PM

Sounds like you may be in ketosis. If you're low carb trying to lose weight, that's a good thing. Your appetite drops (so much for the "food reward theory") and you may find it easier to eat fewer calories. You get used to the taste and feeling over time, but the things that taste best are generally good for you.

Even without ketosis, I find I've become very sensitive to the level of sweetness and saltiness in food. Foods that I used to love on SAD taste sickeningly sweet or so salty I can't stand it. I don't fear salt and I do salt my food, but lightly. So many SAD foods are LOADED with sodium--I don't see how I could have eaten some of that. And since I no longer eat processed food, I'm very unused to the amount of sodium in processed foods now.



on February 03, 2013
at 11:07 PM

you are in ketosis most likely.

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on September 16, 2014
at 08:19 PM

My taste sensitivities changed a lot - after cutting most sugars out of my diet, I started realizing that grapefruits (previously intolerable to me) were super sweet and flavorful. I do dairy, and I noticed that I could distinctly taste the natural sugars in the milk, which had been very bland to me before. My occasional non-paleo day with my family usually included white rice, which suddenly had a very distinctive, excellent flavor by itself.

Ketosis is one potential cause of bad breath. Another is that toxins stored in your fat may be coming out in your breath as you lose fat. "Ketosis" breath is usually slightly fruity, or smells like acetone. "Toxin" breath is just STANK.


on February 04, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Awesome. Thanks very much for the replies.

It makes sense, because I have been in ketosis (according to my ketostix) and I've been losing weight pretty steadily this month. I had read about the metallic taste and the loss of appetite, but didn't expect the taste issues. Thanks again!


on February 04, 2013
at 01:20 AM

In my experience yes, especially with regards to sugar. I find that things I used to add sugar to now taste too sugary on their own (like bananas). I like it though, I just eat alot of foods on their own without adding anything sweet or salty.


on February 04, 2013
at 01:10 AM

Your oversensitivity to salt in the beginning is understandable, as your tongue loses its tolerance of salt when it has been deprived of it for a few days. Like the others have suggested, you have probably moved into ketosis and if you have been following a low carb paleo diet with the aim of shedding a few pounds, that is quite normal. Ketosis is the condition when your body uses fat for energy production.

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