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What makes food taste so good?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I have always been a fan of food. Especially food that I like. Now that I've gone Paleo in the last month, Paleo foods taste soo much better than they used to!

I often eat the same things from day to day and sometimes they don't taste perfect, but sometimes they are soo good that it makes me want to cry, and I wonder how I am so fortunate to have such tasty foods.

I don't over-prepare or season. I eat eggs with salt and ketchup, steamed vegetables, greek yogurt with berries, and ground meat (beef and turkey) with olive oil. (Sometimes with ginger and garlic). Even the Paleo foods that I don't eat regularly taste incredibly good. I have been having an unusually hard time stopping eating them when I am full. It can't be that I just need the nutrients, because the feeling doesn't stop after my belly feels full, and I get way more nutrients than I used to.

What makes food taste so good???

Note: In addition, many foods that are not Paleo (when I used to eat them) and are extremely unhealthy make me want to eat tons of them too (and that was when whole foods didn't taste so good). But maybe not in the same way, because now I feel good when I'm not eating them too.

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on August 01, 2012
at 08:37 AM

I found that when I cut out dairy my palate enhanced greatly!

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on August 01, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Btw, I loved the way you wrote it too.

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on July 31, 2012
at 05:59 PM

I tend to get hooked on one food and go through a 2-3 week phase of eating a lot of it. I came from a "leftovers" family with 6 kids - so we always cooked for an army - I wonder if that is part of the cause.

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on July 31, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Your writing is wonderfully descriptive and the logic is evolutionarily accurate. It does make me question my ability to eat the same thing for days or weeks on end.

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on July 31, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Raspberries can be insanely delicious when they're ripe! Concord grapes do me in too - and they're in season. Perfect amount of tart and sweet, plus awesome textures with the sweet watery layer under the skin and then the gooey tart jelly-like part around the seed.

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on July 31, 2012
at 03:29 PM

+1 for sharp cheese and mango. So right! Raspberries also hit the spot completely for me.

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on July 31, 2012
at 06:08 AM

On a serious note, your brain is designed to seek pleasure and eating foods (especially certain foods) helps your brain to produce more serotonin and, sometimes, even acts as drugs. So does sex and many other pleasure activities.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 31, 2012
at 06:05 AM

"I have always been a fan of food". LOL :) Welcome to the club!

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Well, of course, it wouldn't be much of a reward system if you weren't enjoying it :)

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I AM enjoying this reward-system, by the way.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I guess that's me. :/ Wish I could share it with everyone!

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:14 AM

take a look at the ingredients on your ketchup bottle. not that this is causing your problem.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on July 31, 2012
at 04:31 AM

I think food tastes good for the same reason sex feels good.. it's keeping the species going!

Incidentally, I did see one of those intervention shows in which a man had only eaten french fries for the past 4 years, with ketchup, because he had a rare case of incredibly sensitive taste buds, and eventually only ate french fries until the people on the show got him to try other things, and he did eventually come through, but had to stick to bland foods and textures for a while. He appeared to be in good shape, was a competitive skateboarder, but looked so pale and pasty, it was wild.

There are some foods that make me salivate just thinking about them - especially hard, sharp cheeses. There are also certain fruits, like mangos, that hit this perfect tart-sweetness balance that make my mouth feel like it is having an orgasm. It's like every cell in my mouth is going nuts for the fruit. You must be a good cook!

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on July 31, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Raspberries can be insanely delicious when they're ripe! Concord grapes do me in too - and they're in season. Perfect amount of tart and sweet, plus awesome textures with the sweet watery layer under the skin and then the gooey tart jelly-like part around the seed.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on July 31, 2012
at 05:59 PM

I tend to get hooked on one food and go through a 2-3 week phase of eating a lot of it. I came from a "leftovers" family with 6 kids - so we always cooked for an army - I wonder if that is part of the cause.

474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on July 31, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Your writing is wonderfully descriptive and the logic is evolutionarily accurate. It does make me question my ability to eat the same thing for days or weeks on end.

Af2662fc82df87952abb3fdf16b20aa4

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on July 31, 2012
at 03:29 PM

+1 for sharp cheese and mango. So right! Raspberries also hit the spot completely for me.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 01, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Btw, I loved the way you wrote it too.

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on July 31, 2012
at 04:02 AM

Being hungry makes food taste good!

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:21 AM

Being an unabashed hedonist who submerges all their senses in the food experience makes food pretty darn overwhelmingly tasty.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:33 AM

I guess that's me. :/ Wish I could share it with everyone!

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on July 31, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Hunger- exercise- they both make the food taste better.

But, remember that the processed food industry adds an overwhelming amount of stuff (from sugar to msg to "natural and artificial flavors" in an effort to keep you dependent on one or a dozen particular products. Just resensitizing after getting off of that will increase you food taste (which is more than just tongue taste buds) dramatically.

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on July 31, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I'm thinking it's the pot.

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on May 10, 2013
at 03:36 PM

i think it is your taste buds and the seasoning

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I think it scraped-off your taste buds, you would get as much pleasure from food as someone on a feeding tube. For a less-drastic approach, try the low-reward food experiment: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/10/case-for-food-reward-hypothesis-of.html He has several posts on this.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I AM enjoying this reward-system, by the way.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on July 31, 2012
at 01:43 AM

Well, of course, it wouldn't be much of a reward system if you weren't enjoying it :)

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