Is bitter better?

So many modern day diets are telling us what we should and should not be eating, you would think we know it all, but there is a food type that the majority of people have definitely been depriving their body of.

According to Women’s Health we are not eating enough of bitter foods. You may scrunch your face up at the word ‘bitter’, but the process when we eat these foods has a great benefit to our digestive system that we should all take note of. It really isn’t that hard to slip these things into our everyday eating habits.

When we eat phytonutrients, which are the compounds that give some foods that harsh taste, they help prevent diseases such as cancer, as well as fighting harmful, tissue-damaging radicals in our body.

The Huffington Post let everyone know of this hidden health benefit last year, but it seems that the advantages need re-iterating.

The article says: “Just as sweets cause blood sugar, insulin, and hunger to spike and then dip – often leading, long term, to obesity and Type 2 diabetes – research indicates bitter foods can have the opposite effect, moderating both hunger and blood sugar.”

The bitter taste causes our body to think something is toxic which is why we screw our faces up at the mere thought. But there are many ways we can get this health benefit into our lives.

dark chocolate

Dark chocolate and cocktails (what a great start) are just a couple of ways to get the health benefits of bitter foods. Just one square of dark chocolate will satisfy your sugar cravings a lot more than an entire sweet, milk, chocolate bar. Also, a bitter cocktail before dinner is said to stimulate your appetite and, when chilled with ice cubes, will reduce that bitter feeling.

Adding a small amount of black coffee to your homemade cooking sauce is a subtle, yet yummy way to reap in the goodness of bitter foods and those you’re cooking for will hardly notice your secret ingredient. Also, instead of using wine for cooking, beer is said to be an ideal replacement and especially compliments fishy foods, such as prawns.

The health addition will not only benefit your body but will certainly update your creative cooking skills.

bitter cocktail

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