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The 5 Tastes (yes, 5) and how to experience them all on plan

Be sure to only consume foods/drinks that are permitted on your plan and stick to your carbohydrate and calorie requirements (refer to the meal planner). Always use the meal planner to be sure that you are within these margins, and achieve the best weight-loss possible.

So, lets begin with sweet

Sweet foods can still be eaten on plan, you just need to take a look at their nutritional values and account for them. Sugar is the first thing we become addicted to in life from such a young age and its no surprise why. Sugar is very bad for you as it is simply ‘empty calories’ [1] as sugars like fructose and sucrose have zero nutritional benefits to us, hence being described as ‘empty’. We are addicted to sugar as it promotes the release of dopamine in the brain (a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good) so we crave it more and more, which is why we gradually eat more and more of it per day. This sugar can cause fatty deposits around the liver and eventually hinder the production of insulin - which is what is used by the body to control the blood sugar content, and if that insulin is not available or is not working correctly, this is where type two diabetes comes into play - which is not good news at all.

We all need a varied diet to stay fit and healthy, so it is important to have small amounts of a variety of foods, including sweet-tasting foods.

Such examples of sweet foods available on plan* are:

  • Slim & Save packs, such as our chocolate brownie and flavoured porridges
  • Slim & Save Water Flavourings, specifically White Wine and Mixed Berry
  • Walden's Farms Syrups; pancake, chocolate, and caramel (available to purchase from us)
  • Honey (yes, it is allowed! Surprisingly, it has fewer calories compared to sugar)
  • Aldi Rio Doro Light Blackcurrant Cartons
  • Hartley's sugar-free jelly (sachets only)

Now something sour

I’m not sure about you, but I can certainly say I enjoy sour foods. Sour is something that is described as ‘having a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell, like a lemon, and not sweet’ [2] (remember, lemons are not permitted on plan) and is something that we humans find that we need to experience again and again. Give a baby a slice of lemon to suck on, it will gurn and screw its face up, maybe even a little cry, but they will repeatedly suck on the slice of lemon as they like the taste and sensation it gives to them, it is the same with us adults.

I see a connection with the joy of sour candy to the thrill of riding a rollercoaster or watching a horror movie. The adrenaline rush is intended to help you run from danger or land on your feet, but for some reason, we find it fun.

Such examples of sour foods available on plan* are:

  • Slim & Save Water Flavourings, specifically Lemon Spritz
  • Slim & Save White Chocolate Coated Lemon Bar
  • Vinegar, specifically malt and white (spirit) vinegar
  • Sauerkraut, specifically by the brand ‘Dawtona’
  • Picked onions, gherkins, and beetroot
  • Smoked paprika, moderate amounts
  • Rhubarb

A salty taste too

You might be thinking… yuk! But wait, seriously good foods and condiments can be salty and very yummy indeed. We use salt gnarly as a seasoning to help bring out the flavour of the dish - which is absolutely fine. Salt (specifically Sodium Chloride, NaCl) Is a compound of two elements, Sodium, and Chlorine. They are held together by a bond that once we mix with water, the water actually breaks that bond and splits the NaCl into Na+ and Cl-, these separate chemicals (now an ion) are the correct size to fit down the tube on the cells on your tongue that pick-up the salty taste and then transfer that information to your brain.

Salt is essential for our health as our body needs electrolytes to undergo specific chemical reactions. These electrolytes trigger the thirst sensation we feel when we need a big glass of water. [3] These electrolytes that are made when we eat salt makes us thirsty, bare that in mind for a second. When you see complimentary peanuts and salty snacks available to you complimentary in restaurants and pubs, you’d think they did that on purpose so that you get thirsty and purchase a drink..

Such examples of salty foods available on plan* are:

  • Slim & Save Lifestyle Snack - salt and vinegar crisps
  • Bovril, beef stock cube
  • OXO, all varieties except the vegetable stock cube (due to tomato powder)
  • Soy sauce, preferably light, which has fewer carbs (be sure to check for citric acid!)
  • Use as a seasoning, moderate amounts
What about bitter?

We all know anything bitter is not very nice to eat as it leaves a horrible taste in the mouth, right? Yes, to a certain extent (like if you were chewing on an orange peel or a banana skin, both aren’t permitted on plan as you know) but did you know that 25% of the population isn’t able to pick up these bitter flavours and sensations? This is due to a missing gene in your DNA that codes for specific bitter receptors on your tongue and in your brain. [4] Are you one of the 1/4 of the world’s population that cannot taste the extreme bitterness of raw cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower?

Such examples of bitter foods available on plan* are:

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Aubergine
  • Kale
  • Endive
  • Ginger
  • Pepper
  • Herbs; Bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, tarragon, and sage
And finally… umami (no, I didn’t make it up)

‘Umami, never heard of it in all my life…’ I hear you say. Here is the definition to familiarise yourself with, and how to pronounce it: Umami [oo-mah-mee]: A taste sensation that is meaty or savoury and is produced by the breakdown of amino acids; often considered to be one of the basic taste sensations. Usually experienced with glutamate compounds.

Umami actually means "yummy" or "savoury taste" in Japanese and was coined by Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda in the early 1900s. Ikeda originally noticed the taste in dashi, a rich broth base made from Kombu (kelp) used to flavour Japanese cooking. [5] Eventually he turned this sensation into the flavour additive we have so fondly come to know as MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) - but you will see on the front of your packs that they do not contain MSG. Imagine a savoury tasting strawberry shake, yuk!

To make a super umami lifestyle meal, why not blitz up some dried mushrooms (check nutritional information of the dried mushrooms with a staff member of Slim & Save before using) to make a fine powder, and rub onto a 100g lean beef steak and sear in the flavour by dry frying the meat and cook to taste. Serve with boiled asparagus and fried mushrooms for a truly tasty umami meal.

Such examples of umami foods available on plan* are:

  • Fish sauce, specifically by ‘Squid Brand’
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef
  • Kelp (specific variety of seaweed)
  • Soy sauce, preferably light, which has fewer carbs (be sure to check for citric acid!)
  • Black olives, fresh or in water
  • Asparagus
  • Sauerkraut, specifically by the brand ‘Dawtona’

*Please always use your meal planner to see how much of a specific food/drink item you can have. If you are unsure whether you can have a specific item of food/drink on plan - please don’t hesitate to call us on 01642 762252 or alternatively use the tickets system and LiveChat function where we would be more than happy to help you.

References

[1] | [2] | [3] | [4] | [5].

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Comments on The 5 Tastes (yes, 5) and how to experience them all on plan
Emer Ahern 19/11/2017 15:59
Sweet. Sweet sweet sweet all the way. It was my downfall, but this plan allows it to be a part of my saving grace too.
Kristi Everest 10/11/2017 16:42
I love the sour taste when I mix the lemon water flavouring with sparkling water. I used to be a real cola and fizzy drink addict so have missed this but this way really does remove those cravings and I know it's good for me :)
Emily Ellis 10/11/2017 14:56
My absolute favourite taste on plan is sweet! I love how you can play around with the Slim and Save packs and make lots and lots of delicious treats.
Having a husband and two little boys who love my baking could make it a very difficult to stay on plan but with Slim and Save shakes, porridge, bars and water flavouring I can sit with them and have the satisfying treats, guilt free.
I always make the most of my planner to ensure my sweet tooth is satisfied. Whether that’s putting my lemon bar in the microwave to make crunchy lemon and white choc biscuits, making delicious waffles from my porridge and oatmeal packs or even soft cookies and cakes with my shake packs.
A sprinkling of the white wine water flavouring in fage is absolutely to die for! A sweet tangy treat that is lovely with sugar free jelly!
Sally Jones 10/11/2017 13:55
My guilty pleasure is the chocolate brownie pack with a spoon of Fage on top mixed with a bit of white wine water flavouring!
Gillian Bell 10/11/2017 13:42
My favourite is definitley sweet, my favourite drink is the white wine one and I also love the whole chocolate and raspberry shake.
Tracey duffy 10/11/2017 13:30
I am and always have been a sweet fan. I am trying to change that and will try 5 tastes a day. Very informative
Tracie Fielder 10/11/2017 11:57
Excellent article, thanks Jamie!!
Before recommencing the plan I was heading to sweet stuff.. now I’m 100% savoury all the way, struggling with the shakes being so sweet, yet used to love them!
Nicky J 10/11/2017 10:59
I would say I am more of a savoury fan. I love salty or sour things. Not keen on anything too sweet. My favourite chocolate is very dark so I guess that hits the bitter tastebuds!
Never heard of Umami but it sounds delicious
Emma Johnson 10/11/2017 10:46
Great article,
I'm definitely a sweet fiend! Choc orange shakes and any of the truffa bars are my favourite. I've also rediscovered jelly which is lovely with skyr.
As there aren't many dressings for salad I've created a new one (using the planner to see if I have enough calories and carbs) soy sauce mixed with honey, it's lush
Vicki Smith 10/11/2017 10:37
Brilliant post Jamie, really interesting! I used to have a really bad sweet tooth before being on plan, but now I look forward most to my savoury cottage pie pack each day, with an added oxo cube. So satisfying, plus I love the rich salty flavour it really gets my taste buds going!

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