It’s a peculiar and fascinating phenomenon: Eat no wheat or grains and your taste perception for sweetness is substantially sensitized.
In other words, banish all wheat and grains that contain multiple components (gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, others) that cause gastrointestinal inflammation, and your perception of sweetness in foods is intensified. Foods such as candy bars and caramel you formerly thought were tasty become sickeningly sweet, virtually inedible. Food that you may have thought bitter and inedible in past, such as 85-90% cocoa chocolate, become sweet, sometimes too sweet.
After becoming wheat/grain-free with a heightened sensitivity to sweetness, you will likely find that a bite of candy or sip of a soft drink makes you want to spit it out, as the sweetness is overwhelming. It would indeed be nice to have an occasional treat such as a piece of dark chocolate or chewy candy, but you will be hard-pressed to find one that suits your super-sensitized palate.
And, of course, having banished the source of gliadin-derived opioid peptides that previously stimulated appetite, your desire for such things is reduced or eliminated.
Think what this does to your appetite and choice in foods. Rather than a donut, sugary milkshake, or soda, I’ll bet that you’d much prefer some bacon, a Caprese salad with plenty of extra-virgin olive oil, basil leaves, and balsamic vinegar, or a three-egg omelet with onions, mushrooms, sausage, and butter.
So just think what has happened to the average American adult who battles with cravings for donuts, Cinnabon, and pizza. Or the child who craves candy or will only eat macaroni and cheese and animal crackers. We also conduct social gatherings in which such dishes are shared, conferring a sense of acceptability when everyone shares pizza or birthday cake. As a society, we’ve created a health mess, a phenomenon readily confirmed by a visit to any neighborhood Walmart and observing the girth–and disability—of most shoppers.
By banishing the taste-distorting effects of wheat and grains, I believe, you have regained the natural human capacity to fully taste foods. You may find that foods you previously did not care for, such as Brussels sprouts or olive oil, now burst with flavor and are delicious. And I hope that, like many of us on this lifestyle, you find modern processed sugary foods disgusting and inedible.