Try this when you taste nothing

When you taste nothing try this to wake up your taste buds.

  • Rinse your mouth before eating.


  • Add moisture to your food and take frequent sips of water during the meal.


  • Rotate through a few bites of different foods on your plate.


  • Focus on other flavour elements.

    – Eat warm foods with strong smells (opposed to cold foods without a strong smell)

    – Eat meals with a variety of textures (if tolerable)

    – Eat meals with a variety of colours


  • Use plenty of herbs (basil, dill, oregano, parsley, cilantro, thyme, sage), spices (cumin, turmeric, nutmeg, cloves, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds), allium vegetables (garlic, onion) and zests. Note that the zest of citrus fruits is not acidic.


  • Use spreads, e.g., mayonnaise, hummus.


  • Use sauces (pesto, alfredo, hollandaise, gravy, etc.).


  • Try umami tasting foods:

    – Aged cheeses, blue cheese. Note: Cook blue cheese if your “immune system is weakened”.
    – Cooking meat for a long time will also intensify umami taste.
    – Seaweed
    – Tomatoes (if tolerable)
    – Miso soup, wonton soup, pho, dashi broth
    – Mushrooms: dried shiitake (Note: Cook mushrooms if your immune system is weakened)
    – Sardines, anchovies
    – Soy sauce, oyster sauce, miso paste
    – Other umami food ideas: Carbonara pasta, fish/crab cakes with dill, mushroom and green peas risotto, umami chicken on congee
    Combine umami tasting foods for enhanced taste (click here to view table)



Note for Tomato frittata (if tolerable)
Note for Roasted cabbage wedges omit rice vinegar if you cannot tolerate it
Note for Easy umami chicken omit apple cider vinegar if you cannot tolerate it