Seven Ways to Detox Your Taste Buds – Reduce Sugar & Salt Dependency


One of the biggest complaints of dieters is that healthy foods simply don’t taste good. The truth is that our taste buds have simply forgotten the taste of real food. Food manufacturers have spent decades optimizing their products for a “bliss point” – the right mix of fat sugar and oil that makes us crave more of the same food.

Tip #1 Eat less processed foods
This is a no-brainer. 70% of the sodium in a Western diet comes from processed food (restaurants, fast food, snacks and prepared supermarket food). The rest is added while cooking, at the table, or is found naturally in foods. If you really want to cut down on your sodium, start reducing processed foods from your diet. The same idea holds true for sugar.

Tip #2 Choose frozen, not canned
Salt and freezers are both “preservers”, keeping food from spoiling. Choose frozen over canned veggies because they don’t need the salt to protect the food. They usually have  a higher level of the original vitamins preserved compared to canned. When you do use canned vegetables, try rinsing them to remove some of the salt.

Tip #3 Delay salting
When cooking, add salt just before serving, and in a smaller amount than called for in the recipe. Each diner can then add salt to taste from a shaker at the table.

Tip #4 Gradual salt detox
Train your taste buds to enjoy less salty foods. Gradually reduce the amount of salt you add to food. After several weeks, your salt comfort zone will be lower. If you keep at it, within a few months, you’ll actually start to dislike fast foods because they will taste too salty!

Tip #5 Gradual sugar detox (using coffee)
Just as with salt, you can train your taste buds to crave less sweet. You can go down to zero sugar in your coffee as follows: At the start of a new week, add just one quarter teaspoon less sugar to your cup of joe than you normally do. The flavor difference will be barely noticeable. After a week, it will even feel normal. The next week, try to reduce another quarter teaspoon, and so forth. It may take slightly more time for some people, but within a few months you’ll discover you are drinking your coffee without any added sugar! If you are used to drinking 3 cups a day with 2 teaspoons of sugar, your daily saving of 6 teaspoons of sugar is worth 100 calories. That’s the equivalent of one pound of weight loss every 5 weeks!!!

Tip #6 Chewing gum may help
Low calorie chewing gum may help you resist the urge for sweet calories. Choose gums that don’t include artificial sweeteners. We like Glee and Pür brands because they don’t use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame-k.

Tip #7 Eat more regularly
If you wait too long between meals (or snacks), your body will signal for the fat / sugar / salt combos, and your willpower won’t be strong enough to say no. But if you don’t get to that stage, you’ll have an easier time making the healthier choices.

  • The Lone Marmot

    Sugar/coffee: so true.

    I used to take two teaspoons of sugar per cup. One day I just decided not to.

    That was some years ago, but the last time somebody put sugar in my coffee I nearly vomited!

  • Laurie

    ” When cooking, add salt just before serving, and in a smaller amount than
    called for in the recipe. Each diner can then add salt to taste from a
    shaker at the table.”

    This would just teach one to like the taste of salty food as you would taste the salt on the food, then the food. A better idea is to salt foods while cooking, but just use less. That way one tastes the food and the seasonings. Anr remove a salt shaker from the table. If the food is seasoned properly, one doesn’t need it.

  • Claire C Kenner

    What do bleach, chlorine and chloroform share in common? They both use salt as ta prime ingredient. Salt is a low-grade poison.
    You are aware that salt is a mineral and that it is composed primarily of sodium chloride. Six-percent of salt manufactured around the world is used in food production as well as for added taste in the home. The rest is used in agriculture and manufacturing; as chlorine in swimming pools to kill bacteria and in chloroform as a neurotoxic blocker to reduce your level of consciousness; and as a deicer in winter to dissolve snow on roads.
    Tell me if I am wrong but does not the usage of salt over many years of your life constitute a way of slowly poisoning yourself. Think about it and adjust your salt intake for both you and your children for the sake of your health.

    • Cactus_Wren

      You’ve got it backwards: it’s chlorine that’s an elemental component of salt. The rest of this (ooh, it can be used to kill bacteria in swimming pools, it mus be BAAAAAD) is comparable to the famous rant on the horrors and dangers of “dihydrogen monoxide” (which as we all know is the major component in acid rain and is widely used in industry as a solvent).

      • Claire C Kenner

        Dear Cactus-Wren: Thank you for catching and for correcting my error, I was being less than careful in my proof-reading. As for swimming pools, I should have elaborated that it is in far higher concentrations of pure chlorine than human would ever ingest. I do regret my misstatement of facts. Sorry!

  • Dani

    I am not sure that my table salt can be used to poison my body. If there is a confirmed death of salt poison, please let me know. Salt is a trigger for your body to retain water. When I was pregnant I stopped using salt on my food and barely used it in cooking. 10 years later I am in the same routine

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Ditch the processed foods – It might be tough at first but… IT WORKS! Really works!