Top 20 Bitters and Bitter Foods 2023

Written By Dr. Michael Polson

On October 29, 2020

Experts say you are what you eat. If that’s the case, may I suggest cheap, easy, and fast not make it to the top of your list. It might sound cheesy, but seriously, if you are what you eat, and food is fuel, why not choose premium? I call it whole foods for whole bodies. As you start a meal, fresh fiber first, fresh and raw first, and especially bitters they call them bitter foods.

The most bitter foods like kale, artichokes, and arugula are packed with nutrients. One of my favorites is Ginger. They are amazing for appetite, digestion, and gut health. Used in traditional medicine for centuries, emerging new research has also started to confirm the gut-boosting benefits of these powerful superfoods.

There is a whole regimen for doing bitters correctly. Bitters first can give your stomach some time to rest and get digestion started. There are a lot of health benefits to bitters. After you eat the bitter you then eat your meals. You will get full faster, stay satisfied longer, it will help you slim up, help with heart disease, diabetes, immune system and help with digestion.

The next question is what are bitters? In this article, we will discuss what bitter foods are and the health benefits of eating them.

What are Bitter Foods?

Bitter foods don’t rank as the most popular or tasteful ingredients but they are definitely part of the most nutritious. They are often referred to as “bitters” as well, are foods that kickstart the bitter taste receptors in your mouth. They are known to help with a large number of health benefits.

Bitter foods stimulate your body’s digestion by helping increase the number of digestive secretions in your stomach that help break down food more quickly and effectively.

Because bitter foods stimulate digestion, they are also helping your body stay active in the parasympathetic nervous system (think rest and digest). So, if you’re feeling a little gaseous, nauseated, bloated, or anything else tummy-related, bitters can help!

One example of this is the use of bitter foods. The use of bitters to aid digestion has a long history. We now understand that a reflex exists, termed the “bitter reflex,” that begins a cascade of actions in the body to prepare our digestive system for the food we are about to eat.

What Foods Are Bitter?

Commonly, bitter foods, such as greens, roots, and herbs, were brewed into stimulants. They were served after a large meal to help stimulate digestion and provide comfort and relief. Plus, in many forms of medicine, bitter foods have long been revered for their powerful medicinal properties.

Health Benefits

For years people have used bitter foods as a health benefit for digestion by serving them after a meal as a digestion stimulant. Not only that but increasing what you take in of bitter foods may also increase the production of digestive enzymes. The main responsibility of digestive enzymes is the digestion and absorption of many key nutrients in the body. This can ensure you get the most effective digestion of nutrition while also optimizing your overall diet.

Top 20 Bitter Foods List

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Arugula
  3. Broccoli Rabe
  4. Chicory
  5. Cranberries
  6. Dark Chocolate
  7. Eggplant
  8. Grapefruit
  9. Kale
  10. Saffron
  11. Artichoke
  12. Bitter Melon
  13. Brussels Sprouts
  14. Coffee
  15. Dandelion Greens
  16. Dill
  17. Endives
  18. Ginger
  19. Mint
  20. Sesame Seeds

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