Bitter is one of the 5 major taste or flavor your tongue can properly detect, these taste are Sweet, Sour, Salty, Umami and Bitter. The gastronomic qualities and health indications of each of these flavors are uniquely different.
Science has proven the fundamental importance of consuming a rich balance of all these flavors. However in our world today, Bitterness has essentially vanished from the modern palate, with the overwhelming load of sugar-encrusted, salt-sprinkled and MSG-doused foods filling our plates. The tang and smack-factor of our foods has been drastically changed due to the unfortunate disappearance of Bitters from our meal.
The Mysterious Flavor: Bitter
Linguistically, the word “Bitter” has been associated with expressions of anger, resentment, pain and reactivity.
Bitter is a very interesting flavor! Of all tastes, Bitter is the most sensitive of all tastes, bitterness has an excitable quality which cause lips to pucker and heads to shake, that some people would describe as aggressive and harsh.
Bitters is traditionally known for stimulating the senses and engaging the digestive system. Foods possessing a bitter quality have long been valued for a unique ability to cleanse the body and build vitality.
While bitter foods were consumed readily by our ancestors, such richly flavored plant foods have been unfortunately lost to the endless aisles of sweetened and salted snacks filling grocery stores today.
Many cultures and traditions revered bitter foods as an essential part of a regular healthy diet. To show how important Bitters are, the Creator of the universe inputs bursting complex Bitter flavors in a large numbers of the diverse roots, barks, flowers and herbs of the wild plant kingdom.
When consumed as Tea or other foods, such plants naturally stimulate the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile to balance the appetite and improve digestion.
10 Awesome Reasons to Use Bitters
Including bitter in your diet as Tea, drink or spice isn’t simply a matter of reviving tradition or taste. Bitter flavored foods also have a rich history in the natural medicine act. From the wine infused herbal concoctions used by Ancient Egyptians to the 16th century prescriptions of famous physician Paracelsus and beyond, elixirs brewed from carefully selected Bitter Herbal Tea have been treasured as cure-all remedies across the ages.
Scientific studies have confirmed that getting an adequate amount of bitters is important for digestive balance and linked with many related health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of eating bitters regularly:
1. Help maintain healthy blood sugar levels
2. Curb sugar cravings
3. Balance appetite
4. Soothe gas and bloating
5. Relieve occasional hesrtburn
6. Calm upset stomach and nausea
7. Increase absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
8. Ease constipation and regulate bowel movements
9. Encourage digestive enzymes, bile & HCL production
10. Support liver function and healthy skin
Where to Find Bitters
With processed foods delivering artificial, tongue-tingling flavors and spices to addicted mouths, it has become difficult to find quality bitter foods in the marketplace. Food Manufacturing and processing industries today intentionally hybridized and breed the fruit and vegetable varieties they produce to minimize bitterness, increase qualities of sweetness, bright color and full shape.
While these traits certainly make fruits and vegetables shopping more appealing to browsing consumers, they also represent a tragic limitation of nutritional value and an overall lack of phytonutrient, anti-oxidant and flavonoid variety in our foods.
To make up for the general deficit of bitter flavors in our modern diets, natural health practitioners recommend the use of a supplemental herbal tea, tonic or tincture. Common plant products with natural bitter flavor include: neems used in the production of Anti Typhoid Malaria Tea, gentian, cascarilla, cassia, bitter leaves, orange peel and cinchona bark among others. Bitter Teas can be found in many health food stores or supermarket and online.
I personally love the Nozie Detox Bitter Tea, which have been carefully crafted by a 20years experienced herbalist, with certified organic ingredients. Simply drink a Tea cup of bitter tea after meals and enjoy nature’s most powerful digestive aide!
Other Products With Natural Bitter Flavour
1. Ever Golden Tea: contains Neems, Vernonia amygdalila, Unripe Papaya, Lemon grass. Used for prevention of Typhoid and Malaria
2. Nozie Slimming Tea: contain Bitter apple, Orange peel etc. For weight loss and burning of excess fat.
3. Lemon Ginger Tea: Contain whole lemon including the back, Orange peel and Ginger. Support digestive function and Vitality.
4. Holistic Anti Diabetes Tea: Contains Aleo Vera, Neems, Vernonia amygdalila, Basil leaves etc. For management of Diabetes.
5. Nozie Detox Bitter Tea: Contains Moringa, Aleo Vera, Neems, Bitter melon, Vernonia amygdalila, Bitter apple. Body system cleanser.