5 health benefits of bitter foods

They may take some getting used to, but bitter foods are essential to good health

lettuce salad greens

They balance our taste buds

According to Statistics Canada, one in every five calories Canadians consume come from sugar found in sodas, energy drinks, salad dressings, candy, cereals and snack foods.

“We all have different sensory levels. It depends on genetics, what you’ve trained your body to like, what your mother ate when you were in utero or what your heritage is,” says Theresa Albert, a Toronto-based registered nutritionist and founder of the website, My Friend in Food.


But you can train your taste buds to like healthier foods.

Every time you eat whole foods (including bitter greens) you increase your appetite for nutritious foods, explains Albert.

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