If Your Pre-Workout Tastes GOOD, You’re Doing it Wrong
A lot of people talk about the taste of supplements. Whether it’s a pre-workout, intra-workout or post-workout, they tend to gravitate toward a supplement that tastes ‘good.’ Long ago, a trainer told me something simple that stuck:
If it tastes like cake, it’s probably cake.
What he meant by that is this– think about great tasting things; candy, cake, burgers….mmmm burgers (can you feel the fat cells huddling up on your thighs with excitement?) We all know this: Things that taste ‘good’ are usually not good for you. Now, before our natural foodies get their brussel sprouts in a bunch, the kind of good we’re talking about here is the ‘fast food, sugar, cake, waffle, sausage, croissant’ good.
How we define a ‘good taste’ is one issue. How we classify good food is another.
Taste has been Redefined by Artificial Sweeteners and Processed Foods
So, let’s take a step back and think about foods that are “good” for us. Raw foods, natural foods, unseasoned foods. When compared to a buttered roll or cinnamon encrusted cashews, raw or unseasoned foods take a back seat.
That’s why so many people are dieting today.
Their buds of taste have suffered an onslaught of additives that have redefined ‘yummy’.
These people, whether they know it or not, are fighting a battle to re-adapt taste buds that have ‘learned’ to crave processed and sugary foods that told our brains what ‘tastes good’.
Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat
Food’s fundamental purpose is to nourish your body. Any other benefit is a bonus. Amino acids, peptides, proteins and minerals serve biological functions that aid in your body’s health. Aminos have taste profiles that range from none to bitter and sulfurous. Like chewing water or a rotten egg, neither are exactly ‘cake-worthy’.
While some have a semi-sweet flavor, others can be offensive to your taste buds. Alanine is the only amino acid with a truly ‘sweet’ profile. Many attempts have been made scientifically to reduce bitterness of amino acids, but the truth is, if you want a better tasting natural substance, it’s not going to be natural.
Artificial Sweeteners Impede Results and are Bad for Your Health
A lot of supplement companies will offer cookies and cream, vanilla bean, double chocolate, sweet strawberry and honeyed mango flavored supplements. You may find that the supplement indeed tastes better, but what are you getting? Fake cake.
Sucralose, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners aren’t just tricking your taste buds. They are linked to an increase in obesity and diabetes. What? Yeah, making your supplement sweeter to achieve your training goals can actually impede them.
Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the bacteria in your body disrupting your glucose intolerance. More sugar in your blood equals a higher risk for weight gain and diabetes.
Supplements That Have Pure Amino Acids Should NOT Taste “Great”
The taste of amino acids and nutrients can be buffered with natural alternatives in moderation, but if done correctly and with the fundamental intent of nourishing your body and improving results, the one thing you shouldn’t be saying about your favorite supplement is, ‘It tastes SO good’. Is it tolerable? Can you get it down? That’s good. That’s all you need.
Redefine Your Tastes and Results by Retraining Your Taste Buds
The end result is this: getting results isn’t easy.
It’s not sweet, it’s not always fun, and it’s certainly not a ‘cake-walk’. If your supplement tastes like cake, you might as well start eating one after you workout. You may be doing damage to your body and your results with a ‘great’ tasting supplement.
For those of you who have gone on a strict diet, you know it’s not difficult to retrain your taste buds. If you remove sugary foods, excess salt and butter from your diet, your taste buds will no longer be smothered in the abundance of additives and you can actually TASTE what real food tastes like. You may even find it tastes better than you recalled.
Feed your mind and fuel your results with pure supplements. Expect them to be tolerable, but not like a caramel macchiato from Starbucks.
Brag about how EFFECTIVE your supplement is rather than how good it tastes. Soon, you’ll be bragging about your results, too.