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Are your tastebuds blown out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I feel like my tasetbuds are much less sensitive than they used to be, and now that I've started eating Paleo/Primal I'm trying to stay away from too much salt. I think it's going to be one my hardest addictions to break.

I've already conquered Coca Cola, and successfully gave up pasteurized dairy for a week and a half, still going strong. But after 28 years of eating processed garbage and fast food, smoking for almost 10 years, I miss the salt. I think time, and bad habits took their toll on my tasters. One plus though, I don't really use hot sauce ever, so I guess they're not as bad as they could be!

I do cook with spices, and use black pepper to perk things up.

So, do you feel like now that you've cut the salt, and the MSG, and countless other "flavor enhancers," that your food is...a little on the bland side? Or not as "engaging" as it once was?

As an aside, do you think some sensitivity returns over time?

*at least bacon doesn't need any salt!!

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on March 18, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I wouldn't know if they are or not; sorry! I was just basing my logic on what others have told me about palatability after quitting smoking. Congratulations on quitting smoking, btw! :)

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on March 18, 2011
at 01:05 AM

I quit smoking about 9 months ago. Before that, I had been cutting back for about a year as well. I never really noticed much difference in the intensity of tastes after quitting though. I'd read somewhere that tastebuds aren't regenerative.

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:48 PM

That's good to know. I try and stay fairly focused and on track with my diet, but I sneak things sometimes and make myself feel guilty. Salt is one of the things I think I add a little too much of sometimes, and I shake my head and think to myself "Ugh...you're such a bad boy."

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:32 PM

What is it with you and the tastebud threads?

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on March 17, 2011
at 10:31 PM

How long have you been off the cigarettes? It might take some time for your tastebuds to regain full functionality after ten years of smoking.

Paleo has made me appreciate the real, natural taste of foods so much more. Not to sound like some snobby, elitist food connoisseur, but I feel like I can finally taste the fine intricacies of my meal, rather than the copious amounts of sugar and salt that are typically used to mask it. Sure, it took time for me to actually appreciate the true flavor of foods, but now that I'm aware of the difference, I'll never go back. :)

Oh, and stop with the self-flagellation! Eating sugar/salt/whatever does not make you "good" or "bad". It's food. It's meant to nourish you, and what you eat -- or do not eat -- plays no role in dictating your morality or intrinsic value, I promise. :)

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on March 18, 2011
at 01:05 AM

I quit smoking about 9 months ago. Before that, I had been cutting back for about a year as well. I never really noticed much difference in the intensity of tastes after quitting though. I'd read somewhere that tastebuds aren't regenerative.

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on March 18, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I wouldn't know if they are or not; sorry! I was just basing my logic on what others have told me about palatability after quitting smoking. Congratulations on quitting smoking, btw! :)

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:34 AM

You may want to consider looking into adrenal fatigue. The Healthy Home Economist did a post on it a while back, and one of the things she says (though I don't think that it's in that specific post) is that you should always salt to taste. According to her, your body and taste buds regulate your salt intake to what you need. If something tastes too salty, it's more than you need, if it's not salty enough, then your body/adrenals need more. But unrefined sea salt, not processed table salt.

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on March 17, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Mine have become MUCH more sensitive- everything tastes more wonderful.

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:39 PM

How much salt are you talking about adding to your food? It is probably nowhere near what you were eating that was contained in fast food. Real, fresh food prepared at home in many cases requires a bit of salt to bring out the flavor, so don't worry about it.

I have never smoked, but people I know that have quit smoking after many years really enjoyed spicy, bold food when they first quit smoking. Almost like they couldn't taste the food otherwise, but it did seem to dissipate over time.

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:48 PM

That's good to know. I try and stay fairly focused and on track with my diet, but I sneak things sometimes and make myself feel guilty. Salt is one of the things I think I add a little too much of sometimes, and I shake my head and think to myself "Ugh...you're such a bad boy."

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