What food is best to eat? That is something I’ve thought of in the past, a way to instinctively know which foods are best to eat. That is when I stumbled upon this idea of taste having two basic layers (very Spartan principle, no?).
The first layer is what we’re used to when we think of “taste” in food. That is what we sense with the tongue as food enters our mouth and the smell enters our nose. That is the layer that most food aims at. Fast food, dessert, fancy restaurants, etc.
The second layer is everything else. It’s what you taste and feel after the food has down your throat (often the lingering effects of the first layer), how it effects your body afterward (meaning a lot of foods “taste” bad on this layer, since the negatively effect your health), and pretty much everything else that food does other than touch your tongue.
Why is this significant? Because very few people take into consideration both layers when they prepare food. Ever been told to eat something because it was healthy, but it tasted horrible? Or been told not to eat something (or to much of it, like ice cream) because it was unhealthy, but tasted good? Each of these instances, only one layer is taken into account.
That is why I prepare my food with both layers considered. My favorite dish is scrambled eggs (sometimes prepared as an omelet) with lots of cheese and butter, some salt, loads of garlic, onions, jalapeno’s, and whatever else I want. It is fine tuned to my taste buds, so I enjoy it very much. I actually have to lay down when I eat it because I eat so much.
After taking an hour or so to eat the giant bowl I prepared myself, I feel extremely satisfied, and often tired, so I take a nap. Half an hour later, when I wake up, I’m feeling the very strong effects of the second layer of taste. That high fat meal and short nap left me extremely energized. I feel amazing. The food tastes good, and has amazingly good benefits on my body, on my health. This is an ideal food for me because both layers are taken into account when preparing the food.
So basically, pick food that tastes good, is good for you, and feels good. As long as you find foods that is tuned to your two layers of taste, you won’t find anything better anywhere.