"Ready for a dose of sour and bitter flavours? I was born and raised in Italy, where bitterness is a crucial part of every meal. From bitter alkaloids in olive oil to the tangy dandelion greens and radicchio that we toss into a salad, bitter and sour flavours abound.
I grew up cooking with the Mediterranean Diet and learning that these flavours that challenge the palate are essential for liver rejuvenation.
The liver is our body's main recycling station. It re-purposes all our bile and prepares it to break down food and digest fat in the small intestine. Among its many roles, the liver activates digestive enzymes and stores the glycogen necessary for digesting and assimilating carbohydrates.
It is crucial to take care of our livers in order to maintain strong digestion and healthy skin. After a winter of eating foods that are rich and nutrient-dense (like meat, nut butter, and dairy) this season of renewal offers the perfect opportunity to simplify the diet, enjoy more vegetables, and focus on bitter and sour foods that support the liver's natural detoxification process.
Dark leafy greens like collards and kale are rich in folic acid and calcium. They contain glucosinolates, which support liver detoxification and nourish the gut flora with their prebiotic compounds. They are high in fibre to promote healthy elimination and prevent estrogen excess. All Brassica family plants (including broccoli and cabbage) provide 85% of daily fibre intake in 200 calories (about 5 servings); support the body’s detoxification and anti-inflammatory systems; help protect the health of our stomach lining by preventing bacterial overgrowth of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which causes digestive disturbances such as IBS & colitis.
You will find a variety of articles, and recipe ideas, are within this blog, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan