The taste of food gets better
At first eating natural, unprocessed food can seem difficult because you may think they’re lacking in flavour. Salt, sugar, MSG, and artificial flavours are added to most processed foods to make them more addictive. Your tastebuds can get used to this highly flavoured food and this can be a problem when you try to clean up your diet. With time your body will get used to the taste of natural foods and you will find processed options over-flavoured and unpleasant … and you’ll probably be much more aware of the negative effects on your body!
Try adding fresh herbs and spices to your meals, or using kelp salt in place of regular salt. These will add flavour, as well as skin-enhancing and health-giving properties.
If your food doesn’t taste great, you may have a zinc deficiency, which is very common in New Zealand due to the low levels of zinc in our soil. Zinc affects our ability to taste food so if you are deficient (and at least one in three New Zealanders are), it’s harder to taste the flavour of foods and it’s easy to be drawn towards highly flavoured, processed foods.
Why not get a simple zinc taste test from your beauty therapist, local pharmacy or health food shop. It takes less than a minute and is very helpful in detecting a potential deficiency that not only affects your sense of taste, but also your health.