Bitter Turns Off Sweet!

Four years after discovering that lacto-fermented foods turned off sweet-cravings for our youngest, I came across information giving the science behind the “why”.

“Taste” science is a relatively new field, with the tongue one of the last great frontiers to be accurately mapped –

CCK (a chemical messenger – cholecystokinin ) might excite the bitter taste and at the same time inhibit the sweet taste, so the bitter message gets to the brain“…

If you want to curb those cravings for sweets? EAT BITTER!!! Traditional Chinese medicine recommends bitter foods, such as arugula, radicchio, endive or chicory. Lactic-acid, generated by lactic-acid bacteria during fermentation, also creates a “bitter” flavor in the form of peptides.

My German grandmother made amazing traditional German kraut and half-sour pickles, and always admonished my cookie-monster cousins, “Vat do you think you need? A cookie? No. I tell you vat you need. You need da pickle!” I didn’t need any such “encouragement” because pickles were my favorite food!

The 3-liter Pickl-It is a perfect pickle-maker. The tight-fitting wire-bail, combined with the Pickl-It airlock, keeps oxygen out of the fermenting chamber, strengthening lactic-acid bacteria which thrive in a no or low-oxygen environment. Happy, healthy lactic-acid bacteria create mildly-bitter, crisp cucumber pickles which go a long way toward curbing those sweet cravings!

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The Taste Science Laboratory

Leaky Gut Syndrome – Common to Autism Spectrum Disorders, leaky gut is often associated with AGF (Abnormal Gut Fermentation); restoring the beneficial bacteria gut colonies goes a long way toward correcting this often painful and frustrating condition, see Page 112

Bitter, Sweet May Share Same Tastebud – National Academy of Sciences Report

Bitter or Sweet? The Same Taste Bud Can Tell The Difference

Lactic Acid Bacteria and Gut Health

Intestinal Microflora Important to Gut Health & Immune System