Wednesday, February 17, 2010
2 Evolving Tastebuds....
I noticed something interesting that happened yesterday & would like to share it with you:
Anyhow, Erik couldn't find an orange scone, & instead brought me a blueberry one. Part of me wishes that I'd also given the instructions, "If you can't find an orange one, please don't bring any home, because the whole point is to taste an orange scone, & frankly, I don't need or want the extra fat calories." :-D
It was a kind & thoughtful gesture, while not entirely helpful towards the end of figuring out what Panera's orange scone tasted like. :) However, while not well-versed in the art of orange scone eating, I have tasted a scone before! Oh well.
Anyhow, since it was too late to return it, I took a bite. And whoah. My first thought was how incredibly rich it tasted. A bit too rich, actually. Then, I did a double-take because I thought about that for a moment.
Only moments later, I overheard someone saying the following truism, "You don't miss what you never had." Was it a mere coincidence, or possibly fate? Somewhere, someone was having a good laugh. :)
And yes, just in case you didn't realize it, those two thoughts are related. ;)
If need be, let me connect the dots: I didn't grow up eating rich food, so I don't miss it. However, I also think that if you didn't grow up this way that it's still possible to adapt over time to different flavor concentrations, namely, healthier food containing a lot less sugar & fat. Heck, it's even possible to LIKE food like this. :)
Of course, it's possible to change one's tolerance for salt & sugar in the same way that it's possible to change one's taste for fatty & sugary foods. It takes time to adapt, but it's possible.
This explains why some people report that whole milk tastes like cream after drinking skim milk for so long. Honestly, to me, even 1 & 2% milk tastes creamy. It's all in your frame of reference.
The point I'm trying to make is that your taste buds are surprisingly adaptable. People who poo-poo healthy food have just not adapted their taste buds (& their mind-frame!) to a new & healthier way of eating. :)
P.S. BTW, this adaptability doesn't just apply to health & healthy eating. Have you ever noticed how your taste buds have adapted & evolved a great deal from when you were a child? (Well, hopefully they have! :) ) This is no accident. There is a scientific, biological basis for why this occurs. I don't feel like going into the explanation, but if you have the time, go & watch PBS's NOVA ScienceNOW episode, entitled "The Science of Picky Eaters." It's really quite fascinating!