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SWEET TASTE, AND WHY WE KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE OTHER FLAVOURS



SWEET TASTE, AND WHY WE KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE OTHER FLAVOURS 

😋😋😋We've seen before that to eat well is to welcome variety in our diet (see our blog on The Paradox of the Omnivores). That goes for us adults, as well as for our children and babies.

And that journey towards variety starts at the very beginning of life, in the womb, and never ceases to evolve throughout our entire life. And I thank Mother Nature for that, as otherwise I might still be stuck not liking pizza, tomatoes, or avocados, which used to fill me with disgust until my teenage years!

And that appreciation for variety is not innate but acquired, which means it is up to us parents to guide our children towards it. All the more so when we know that the first flavour to be perceived and recognised by the foetus is the sugary one.Otherwise called the sweet one. And we like it. We all do. Because it signals calories, therefore survival.

But nowadays, we do not live in a world where food scarcity is an issue for most. Abundance may have actually become the issue. And more precisely an abundance of sweetness and saltiness.

To help our babies and children appreciate variety, we therefore need to constantly expose them to the other 3 known flavours of sourness (acidity), bitterness, umami, as well as the almost infinite rainbow of in-betweens.

To help our babies and children appreciate variety, we therefore need to contrast all those flavours with something neutral:water, which is the most recommended drink with their meals. Something sugary would hide all the other flavours, as well as meddle with their hunger cues.

As for Ratatou´e, to help your babies and children appreciate variety we never mix sweet flavours with anything bitter or sour. For your babies, our purees will never mix cauliflower with mango, or kale with apple. For your children, we develop meals that will expose them to the whole range of flavours, never adding either sugar or salt, therefore altering the original tastes. We don't say no to sweetness at all, but we always keep it separate. Instead, we create nutrient-rich sweet products such as our 100% fruit compotes, to be enjoyed by the spoonful or used to sweeten porridge and yogurt, or make ice lollies.

Eat well. Grow strong. Live more. This is our motto. And I should also add: variety is our number one priority. After deliciousness off course! 😋😋😋

 

Created On  7 Aug 2019 7:00  -  Permalink

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