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Postby tico » Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:06 pm

Hey,

I have a stupid quetion.

Sour is the taste of spring, Bitter is the taste of summer, pungent the tast of autum, enz. Must you eat more sour in spring or must you eat it manny sour in the spring?
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Re: taste

Postby DEADLI. » Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:04 am

Hi,
One of the reasons for eating the sour flavour in spring is due to the calming and cooling effect that some of the sour flavour foods have on the liver. Spring is the emerging of minor yang, when the qi begins to flow more strongly. Since one of the functions of the liver (according to TCM) is to govern the smooth flow of qi around the body, it is advised to eat foods in spring that promote liver function and help ensure an easy, open, unobstructed qi flow.

Sour foods from the wood phase (liver phase) that benefit the Liver:

Tomatoes (raw) - supplement liver yin and cool heat in the liver (also western nutrition agrees that raw tomtoes are beneficial for liver functions, though it may not agree on what those funtions are ; )

Plums - cool liver heat, and resolve qi stagnation

Yogurt - Relaxes and cools the liver

Celery - resolves qi and blood stagnation


It is not advised to eat to many sour foods, as this has an adverse affect on muscle tone.

Hope this helps
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Re: taste

Postby Sanfung » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:23 pm

I had a question and I wasn't sure where to post it except for this thread. I understand the association of the seasons and tastes, but since Umami was a taste that was understood so long after the others, I was wondering if there is any time of the year when it would be best to eat foods that would fall under this category. Is there a place for the Umami flavor, or should foods associated with it be classified in one of the other taste categories?
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Re: taste

Postby molpa » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:18 am

This is a very interesting topic and I wondered about these things too a long time ago.

I learned that in the spring we should eat less sour foods and eat more of mildly sweet.
Sour foods should be increased at autumn. This is because the sour tastes draws the blood more inside the body.
But sometimes I believe that if someone has diarrhea or sweats a lot (because of stress or other reasons) and feels tired because of that, then sour foods could act as a medicine, even in other seasons than autumn, as it helps to keep the fluids and nutrition inside instead of leaking out. BUT, sometimes if we are poisoned or ill then it is normal to have diarrhea and eventually it should not be stopped.
That's just my understanding about the body, so what I wrote is not to be considered as 100% true, you should verify this by those who really know.

We should eat what grows in a specific season. One problem is that in the grocery shops they sell almost all kind of foods year around. So people buy and eat the wrong food in a specific season, and it is believed that this leads to various illnesses.

I hope Mr. Yang can write a book about healthy eating according to the seasons.
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Re: taste

Postby Sanfung » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:27 pm

Thank you for your insight on this topic. While I always felt that in-season vegetables had more flavor and were fresher, I never actually gave any thought to the idea that they might have actually been best in other ways too. I should take a look at my diet and pay closer attention to the relation of health and the time of year in terms of foods consumed. Thus far I have mostly been working to eliminate artificial food additives and the like, and haven't given thought to what products are in season. Artificial additives had been bothering me for a while, as I have probably mentioned elsewhere on the forum before. Fortunately our new home is in a trailer park that is bisected by a fairground, which means we always get freshly grown produce now.

By the way, I wanted to reply to one thing from tico's original post that I never seemed to get the opportunity to. The only stupid question is the one that goes unasked. :-]

This was your first post, wasn't it? I'm really grateful you got back to me with it, and I would like to say welcome aboard to the YMAA forum for sure!
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Re: taste

Postby molpa » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:51 pm

Wow, lucky you to have fresh produce :)

Yes it is my first post. Thank you!
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Re: taste

Postby Sanfung » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:34 pm

It's really great to have you aboard here with the YMAA forum :D

Ever try growing any of your own food?
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Re: taste

Postby molpa » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:43 pm

Thank you, it's a good place to discuss and learn from each other :)

No, but it would be nice to do. Maybe in the future when I move to an other place.
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