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Why would stuff start to taste like chemicals?

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Created December 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I have switched my diet to be more paleo over the past 3 weeks. Since my switch I have noticed when I would consume processed foods when I cheated, I could taste chemicals. What is the cause of that? About the only thing I really crave now after three weeks is tortillas for tacos, or quesadillas. After a pop at a work party, I about spit it out and tossed the can in the garbage.

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on December 14, 2012
at 05:31 PM

It's like having a watermelon-flavored candy and a slice of watermelon. Two extremes!

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on December 13, 2012
at 04:16 PM

I was a cycle drinker. I could stop for a few months, needed a quick caffeine pick up and drink a can, next think I know 6 cans a day for a few months. Up and down like that. It is hard when I need to be quicker and on my game more than the 18 year olds I teach. BTW, 34 years old and I can typically work circles around those kids. Partly because they do nothing for themselves in way of exercise or diet.

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:21 PM

+1. I agree with your statement. I am a professional chef and chef instructor, most of the food I eat on a daily basis has been made from scratch. But, the switch to this type of diet has really heightened my ability to detect that processing. WHICH is a great benefit!!

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:08 PM

This happened to me as well. Keeping with the mexican food that you mentioned, I used to crave the packaged queso that EVERY mexican restaurant seems to use. I tried some after about 6 weeks of paleo and it tasted "plastic-ky" (best adjective I could think of). Take a bite of something like a watermelon now, it will taste just like candy :). I just love the fact real food tastes so delicious now, congrats on making the change!

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Isn't it obvious? You're getting used to real food. You're getting a taste of what was meant to be eaten. Whatever contains a single ingredient will taste a lot better than a processed meal containing over 10.

4eb67cdd9ea0ab45ee9a8f74ce6ae66c

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on December 14, 2012
at 05:31 PM

It's like having a watermelon-flavored candy and a slice of watermelon. Two extremes!

07e61bf1ac43e929c1a989047c07cac0

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:21 PM

+1. I agree with your statement. I am a professional chef and chef instructor, most of the food I eat on a daily basis has been made from scratch. But, the switch to this type of diet has really heightened my ability to detect that processing. WHICH is a great benefit!!

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on December 13, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Kinda amazing isn't it? We were so tuned to accept what we were being given. I mean, I used to be a soda maniac -- now it tastes terrible, the cabonation makes me gassy and bloated... How did I use to drink 3-4 a day?

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on December 13, 2012
at 04:16 PM

I was a cycle drinker. I could stop for a few months, needed a quick caffeine pick up and drink a can, next think I know 6 cans a day for a few months. Up and down like that. It is hard when I need to be quicker and on my game more than the 18 year olds I teach. BTW, 34 years old and I can typically work circles around those kids. Partly because they do nothing for themselves in way of exercise or diet.

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