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Is the taste of a food item related to its calorie content?

Date: 14 Feb 2016    Group: Health    Category: Nutrition   

Indian cuisine is very rich and diverse in nature. Many Indian food items have become popular globally. Such food items are appreciated for their taste. Is the taste of a food item related to its calorie content? Are all tastier food items are essentially rich in calorie contents also?
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Author: [Anonymous]    15 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

As per my knowledge, I do not think that there is any kind of co relation between the taste of food and calorie content in it.
Any particular is tasty or not- it does not have nay specific parameter to measure. A dish can be very tasty for one, ok for another one and not good for the third person. But it does not change its calories content from one to another.

Author: Mahesh    15 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Food color and the taste has nothing to do with calories for most of the time. However the sweet taste of the fruit often has higher calories. And the color of the fruit does not give you idea for calorie. For example watermelon being red does not mean high calorie. In case of pomegranate which is also red could have bitter taste and low calorie too. So it all depends on how the fruits structure and sugar capacity is. That decides the calories in it.

Author: Venkiteswaran.    15 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Our tongue has capacity to distinguish various tastes. Every one can feel the major basic tastes like salty, sour, sweet, hot(spicy) and bitter.
Some of them are pleasing and prompt us to yearn for more, while some may be prompting us to stop taking them.
The 'taste buds' on our tongue distinguish the tastes. But the degree of liking or disliking varies from person to person as per habits, necessity and situations. There can be many mixed tastes which are combination of these, and certain other peculiar tastes.

Some food ingredients have certain unique components in them which give them the distinguishing taste. For taste the sense of smell also is supportive. The sense of smell also has an effect on taste feeling.

Calorie content does not have a direct bearing on taste. Sugar is sweet and food containing sugar will taste sweet. Sugar is having high calorie content. However rice flour or coked rice, fats and oils, which also have calories do not taste sweet like sugar.

Some people like hot , spicy pickles. They do not have high calorie content if oil is used very less. Taste is personal and relative, at least for grown ups.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    15 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Taste of food does not have any linkage with the calories. In reality, a food very spicy and oily in nature is not conducive to health since digestion - process after consuming the same takes considerable time. Moreover, because of over - roasting and cooking, the nutrient in the such cooked food is lost.
However, there are certain items which may be tasty and also contain enough calories such as half fried omelette using butter in course of preparation. Even, soaked Bengal - gram for overnight and using the same in raw condition with the addition of common salt, Black pepper and sprinkling a few drops of lemon - juice over it would made it tasty and the same has rich calories.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    15 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

Taste of food has no relation with caloric content of that particular food. The taste of food is determined by the taste buds on the tongue of every human being.

Author: Juana    24 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

An immediate response to your question would be in the negative, because taste and calories cannot be measured on the same scale. There is no apparent correlation between the two. However, if a proper analysis of your question is done then a connection between taste and calories can be derived at.

Let me explain through an example – despite being aware of the high caloric content of junk food, people find it difficult to resist. Foods that fall into the junk food category are deep fried and excessively oily, high on sugar or salt, made from refined flour, have a low nutrient quotient, contain preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, may contain MSG, and are tasty. The taste comes from ingredients that are high in calories.

Food cooked in very little oil might be tasty, but it is not finger licking good. That is why food served in hotels and that cooked at weddings etc has loads of oil floating over it.

Tasty food also has other calorie rich ingredients such as cashew nut paste, almond paste, khus-khus paste, full cream, paneer and khoya etc present in it. It can be argued that healthy food is tasty too. I am not contesting that, but food that is universally accepted as being tasty is definitely very high in calorie content.

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