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Find Your Flavor

What a better way to kick off National Nutrition Month than to help you find your favorite tastes- sweet, spicy, sour, bitter and umami! Check out the Eat Well blog each week as we highlight all 5 flavors.

We all have our personal likes and dislikes in terms of taste- some love spicy food while others hate bitter foods, etc. and believe it or not you may not think you like a taste but, what you are enjoying is a flavor. A flavor is the combination of multiple tastes since, often they can enhance and/or complement each other.

Ever wonder how exactly we can taste the food we eat? Some people may think the bumps on your tongue are your taste buds but, there about 6 taste buds deep in the tissue of those bumps that help you taste. Those taste buds allow you to distinguish between sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and umami.

Another interesting fact is that not everybody has the same number of taste buds which can help explain why some people really don’t like bitter tasting foods and vegetables. Those people who do not like bitter foods can possibly be supertasters which means that they have thousands more taste buds on average so, they taste everything more intensely.

So, why do we need taste buds? Taste buds are an important part in keeping us safe! They help distinguish if food is toxic or spoiled and send signals to our brain to tell us not to eat those foods. Bitter foods usually mean a food is toxic which is why many of us may not like those items. On the other hand, we all know the joy and pleasure that tasting foods creates for us too! Sweet foods have sugar in them which is the preferred fuel source for our brain, which is why they are so pleasant to eat.

When it comes to trying something new, our taste buds are constantly changing and regenerating, So, don’t be afraid to try new foods every once in a while, you may like them! Combinations of flavors adds to the depth of a dish and can help sway your preferences. As we go forward in the month, you’ll learn more about each specific taste and how to combine them to make more enjoyable flavors!

 

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  • March 1, 2019

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“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

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“The roasted tofu/noodle/edamame arugula salad with cabbage, carrots and red peppers was something that I would buy from a restaurant or food truck without question. It would win best school lunch in the U.S. without a doubt if there was such a competition! The textures and flavors were a perfect blend, tied together by an excellent dressing. I don't think anyone would be mad if that popped up on the menu every week. Thanks again to you and your staff for such high-quality food!”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

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