Bitter foods can be hard to swallow (literally!) for some, as their strong flavors can overpower the sweet, salty or umami notes of an otherwise tasty dish. But those who make it their mission to skillfully incorporate more bitter flavors into their diet are enjoying a rich payoff when it comes to overall health.
In this article base on findings on Healthline, we’ll be discussing some reasons why you should consume healthy bitter foods more often.
Reasons why you should consume healthy bitter foods often
Reason 1: Bitter foods cleanse the body
Bitter roots and veggies contain fiber to help sweep wastes through the digestive tract. Bitter foods also contain sulfur-based compounds which support the natural detoxification pathways in the liver; helping it to do what it is meant to do – keep your body clean and clear.
Reason 2: Bitter foods help balance blood sugar
According to WebMD, bitter herbs have long been used in traditional medicine to support healthy blood sugar levels. This makes sense when you consider that the pancreas, which makes insulin — the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels — contains bitter taste receptors.
While there are likely several factors at play, one may be the ability of bitter taste receptors to initiate the secretion of the hormone GLP-1. Not only does GLP-1 work to regulate appetite and food intake, but it also stimulates insulin release and helps keep blood glucose levels steady. Consider this one more way bitter foods and herbs may help support a healthy metabolic system.
Reason 3: Bitter foods improves digestion
According to Mayoclinic, bitter foods may increase the production of digestive enzymes, which further aids food absorption. Those extra enzymes may also help prevent food malabsorption and leaky gut, in which food particles and/or microbes make their way out of the intestines and into the bloodstream, causing inflammation.
Try our top bitter food picks:
(b) brussels sprouts
(f) dandelion tea
(g) dark chocolate
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