WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON'T LIKE VEGETABLES
Yes, vegetables are good for you and we all need to eat more of them. ⠀
•vegetables are full of nutrients that your body needs⠀
•vegetables have a lot of volume, but not a lot of calories ⠀
•vegetables add fiber to your diet ⠀
•vegetables contain water⠀
•vegetables add variety to your meals ⠀
For most people bitterness is a plant’s dominant flavor. Nitrogen chemical compounds found in plants give them that bitter taste as a way of defending themselves against attacks from parasites, pathogens, and animals that might eat them. These chemicals, in different forms, CAN be dangerous, so we’ve evolved to detect their bitterness and spit them out. ⠀
Why are some people fine with the bitterness while others aren’t? People vary a lot in how much they can detect and tolerate different bitter tastes. If you grew up eating bitter tasting foods, then you might find other bitter flavors less overwhelming. If you ate more processed foods growing up, then your palate will be more conditioned to seek out the fatty flavors that are found in processed food. ⠀
Good news though! You can change your flavor preference. ⠀
Here are some ways you can learn to love vegetables:⠀
1) TRY IT. You might like it 😆 If not, at least you tried it 🙃⠀
2) Pair a food with your vegetable to push several tastes/flavors at the same time⠀
3) Sweet and fatty flavors can turn down the bitter taste of vegetables ex: honey, oil, almonds, berries⠀
I used to hate vegetables and barely ever ate them. I started pairing them with foods I loved and over time I developed a taste for them. Now I eat them raw! As you become more comfortable, experiment with combining flavors and eventually the taste for vegetables may grow on you.
Below are some Precision Nutrition (precisionnutrition.com) examples of how you can put those 3 steps to good use!