A GI Doc’s Taste Test To Find Out How Polyphenol-Rich A Food Is
What Mayer calls your “own personal testing mechanism.” Translation? A simple taste test.
Take a bite into any polyphenol-rich berry (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, what have you), and really savor it. Reflect on the first explosion of flavor, the aftertaste, and how concentrated it seems. If it tastes rich and sweet, it’s likely brimming with polyphenols; if it’s bland, perhaps less so.
That’s why, Mayer explains,if the berries don’t taste like, well, berries, “they probably have a low concentration of polyphenols.” Take strawberries, for example: Have you ever eaten a tiny—yet intense!—organic strawberry and remember the rush of flavor? “Compare them to the big strawberries you find in the supermarket, and they have essentially no taste,” Mayer says. “If you didn’t see it, you wouldn’t know it’s a strawberry.”