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Sense of taste and smell

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 06, 2011 at 2:48 PM

After 6 weeks of paleo, apart from all the usual benefits my sense of taste and smell have improved incredibly. Simple foods like blueberries for instance are a taste sensation. Has anyone else experienced this?

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on June 09, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Maybe I am doing it wrong or haven't been doing it long enough. I have not experienced an improvement in taste. I have noticed temperature extreme tolerance.

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on September 06, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Man, I still have a ways to go, then. I recently discovered that 90% is still a bridge too far for me. 85% is just right.

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Have you tasted pizza base since being paleo? It's the toppings that make the pizza, not the dough it seems... Or, the butter on the bread and not the bread itself. Those bland wheat based foods, definitely taste blander ime!

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I love this diet. Not diet - lifestyle.

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

(30)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:08 PM

even bland foods are full of flavor.

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Thanks for that, something to think about.

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:04 PM

I came into contact with a ferret last night(dont ask) now that was a nasal experience.

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I just ate some strawberries it was like an taste explosion. Im going to try sauerkraut.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Yes...paleo "buzz" effect with none of the downside. Everything tastes better.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:20 PM

just wait, there's more amazing things to come - you're only getting started :)

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:51 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/5930/old-senses-seem-new-sense-of-smell#axzz1XAsi6Mnj

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:35 PM

Smell & taste are almost super human now lol - 90% dark chocolate is sweet to me, fresh strawberries are almost mind blowing. The smell of bacon cooking is so complex now.

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on September 06, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Man, I still have a ways to go, then. I recently discovered that 90% is still a bridge too far for me. 85% is just right.

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on September 06, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Definitely, when I went Paleo the first time about 3 months ago I remember tasting the natural sweetness in fruits like apples, strawberries- everything! To me eating an apple was like having ice cream lol.

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

(30)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:09 PM

I love this diet. Not diet - lifestyle.

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3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on September 06, 2011
at 06:24 PM

YES! taste buds very efficient these days, helping me to enjoy each bite of whatever we find in the garden and that which we cook.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Have you tasted pizza base since being paleo? It's the toppings that make the pizza, not the dough it seems... Or, the butter on the bread and not the bread itself. Those bland wheat based foods, definitely taste blander ime!

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

(30)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:08 PM

even bland foods are full of flavor.

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:27 PM

You've possibly addressed a long-standing marginal zinc status, which is an important nutrient for preventing dysgeusia.

That'd probably take more than 6 weeks, so it may just be that removing the highly intense hyperpalatable foods for a while has recalibrated your tastes to the default settings.

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Thanks for that, something to think about.

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on September 06, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Smell & taste definitely affected here! I can't wear perfume any longer. It's just too smelly!

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

(30)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:04 PM

I came into contact with a ferret last night(dont ask) now that was a nasal experience.

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on September 06, 2011
at 03:32 PM

Yes! I'm 3 months in and eating things I wouldn't have touched with a ten foot pole months ago. I can't get enough sauerkraut, I literally eat it at every meal. I have a love for muscles, clams and game. I'm also more willing to try new things and I usually like them. Another big taste explosion for me is salt-- love it!!

Ef8e1ef1e6c731400f01dbd0ce9b046f

(30)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I just ate some strawberries it was like an taste explosion. Im going to try sauerkraut.

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on June 09, 2012
at 09:54 PM

I think the most intense change for me has been bananas, before they were a tasteless moosh...now theyr more sugary tasting to me than say tootsie rolls used to taste

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