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How has your palate changed since going paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Heya cavepeople,

I noticed something this morning. The breakfast I was eating, I wouldn't have eaten pre-paleo. I had a big hunk of grass-fed beef with some pesto, sauerkraut, and kale. Kraut and kale are both fairly new to my diet, especially breakfast. But then I also added a touch of black currant preserves, low in sugar. It added just a touch of sweetness, and really rounded out some of the flavors. My father puts jam on meat, and I used to find it disgusting. So apparently my tastes have changed.

Is this typical? Has anyone else noticed a change in their tastebuds? Bonus if someone knows the science behind it.

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I'm the same. I can't handle sweet as much anymore. A coworker brought in (milk) chocolate covered nuts and not only did it make me squirm how sickly sweet it was, but the sugar of it tastes grainy and gnarly. I won't be doing that again.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Exactly! Who knew what would happen if we stopped drugging and paralyzing our taste buds?

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:05 PM

great links, too. Thanks Nance. I look forward to how my senses continue to change.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Now that I'm thinking about this (with syrup in mind), I remember preferring bowls of sugar-infested cereals to a good, pancake breakfast. Insanity. I used to mix ketchup and mayonnaise to dip fries in, too, back in the big boy days. This is kind of fun to think about, especially knowing I have the control to not house a bowl of cereal right now.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:03 PM

the joy of food. definitely a good reason to be paleo!

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:56 PM

+1 for dipping things in syrup. I still dip sweet potato fries and such things in mayonnaise, though.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:57 PM

This is a recurring theme; check out this question and this one.

I always claimed to have sensitive taste buds and now I've found out just how sensitive they really are. I can taste and enjoy different strains of leaf lettuce, and the differences between pink and red grapefruit, etc. It seems the more "whole" I leave my foods the more I can distinguish between flavors. It makes this lifestyle even more enjoyable for me.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 06:03 PM

the joy of food. definitely a good reason to be paleo!

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 06:05 PM

great links, too. Thanks Nance. I look forward to how my senses continue to change.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I like eating raw broccoli. Pre-paleo me probably would have barfed at that statement.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Exactly! Who knew what would happen if we stopped drugging and paralyzing our taste buds?

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63479974b34930b7bedb12afa19083d3

on January 30, 2012
at 05:53 PM

I was never a savory fan. When I was overweight and living on the SAD, it was ALL about what kind of sweet crap I could throw on top of whatever I was eating (sweet potato fries? i'm-a dip those in syrup, please!). Now, it's pretty much the complete opposite. I like my occasional sweet treat, but that's just it... it's just a treat (and very low in sugar). I used to despise the taste of coconut, as well. Now, it's coconut oil, butter, flour... I mean, I'll bathe in it, why not?

I absolutely crave savory meats, eggs, etc... even with just a simple S&P seasoning. I herald this as an amazing lifestyle change.

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(300)

on January 31, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I'm the same. I can't handle sweet as much anymore. A coworker brought in (milk) chocolate covered nuts and not only did it make me squirm how sickly sweet it was, but the sugar of it tastes grainy and gnarly. I won't be doing that again.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 30, 2012
at 05:56 PM

+1 for dipping things in syrup. I still dip sweet potato fries and such things in mayonnaise, though.

63479974b34930b7bedb12afa19083d3

on January 30, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Now that I'm thinking about this (with syrup in mind), I remember preferring bowls of sugar-infested cereals to a good, pancake breakfast. Insanity. I used to mix ketchup and mayonnaise to dip fries in, too, back in the big boy days. This is kind of fun to think about, especially knowing I have the control to not house a bowl of cereal right now.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:48 PM

I don't know the science, but I agree that my taste has changed since going Paleo. My husband is crazy about beets, and I tried them after we were first married (about 7 years ago) and thought they were horrible and tasted like dirt. I tried them a few weeks ago and thought they were FANTASTIC! I didn't used to like spinach either and could only gag it down with about a 1/2 gallon of ranch dressing on it. Now I can eat it plain, right out of the bag with no additives. It's amazing :)

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