Taste has the power to invoke strong emotional connections; the chocolate chip cookies your mom made after school, the taste of spinach your grandmother made you eat in protest. We have strong biological connections to taste also. Taste tells the body what nutritional value a food has, sweet will comfort us, spicy will warm us up.
In Ayurveda, digestion starts the moment food lands in your mouth. There are approximately 10,000 taste buds in the mouth. Did you know about 8,000 of them are found on the tongue and the rest are found on your lips, cheeks, roof of the mouth and throat? These taste buds send signals to your body to release the proper enzymes needed to break down the foods eaten.
Ayurveda encourages that the six tastes should be consumed daily to promote balance within the body.
Taste is an important function of our body and Ayurveda recognizes the essential role it plays in our health. When we focus on the six tastes, we are able to intuitively create nutritional meals that will nourish our bodies and learn to eat mindfully.