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Importance of sweetness

Asked on September 21, 2013
Created September 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM

After a while learning new foreign recipes, I have noticed that traditionally many countries (specially Asian) rely on finding a balance of two or more flavors, one of them being sweet.

For example, Thailand/Vietnam tries to balance spicy, salty and sweet with palm tree sugar, Chinese tend to sweeten bitter or acid with honey, Japan with some fruits like minced apples or plums, Moroccans sweeten their cooking oil with currants.

Many cooks I've met, complain that western people have an awful sense of using the sweet flavor. Not only by taking food that is dominantly sweet, but also on the large quantity of sugar.

Although many traditions are outdated these days, I tend to think that some of them carry hidden wisdom.

Since paleo people tend to think of sugar as the source of all evil, I am wondering if there are some paleo celebrity out there (and their reasons) defending the importance of a tiny bit of sugar or sweet ingredients in our diet.

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