A question I was asked recently on 3AW radio. I believe that the rise of processed foods in recent decades with “strong flavours” is the reason fruit, vegetables and for some people, water, don’t seem to taste as nice anymore.

When you have lots of junk in your diet, regular food can seem tasteless. When you are eating a healthy diet, the food tastes good (as long as you prepare/cook it well).

Many of us have experienced badly cooked meat, overcooked vegies and food that is generally not seasoned or cooked well.

This also can make you believe that certain foods taste bad because you have never eaten them when prepared properly.




I also think that language matters and if you always say that healthy food tastes bad; you will come to believe it.

In addition, the food industry often markets unhealthy foods as indulgent and delicious, while healthy foods are portrayed as boring and tasteless. This messaging can influence our perception of taste and contribute to the belief that healthy food doesn’t taste good.

It’s also worth considering that everyone’s taste preferences are different, and what one person finds delicious, another might not enjoy as much. It’s important to experiment with different healthy foods and preparation methods to find what works best for you and your taste buds.

Ultimately, it’s crucial to prioritise a healthy, balanced diet for overall health and well-being. Making small changes and gradually incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into your diet can help shift your palate and lead to a greater appreciation for the taste and benefits of healthy eating.

I recently chatted to Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive on the topic why food that is “good for you” doesn’t seem to taste as good! You can listen below:

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