Bitter foods often are good for you, but you may find that hard to swallow, says Barb Stuckey. Bitter foods can have compounds that in small doses can stimulate you, fight colds and even help fight aging, said Stuckey, the author of “Taste What You’re Missing.”

She zeroes in on greens (kale, radicchio, collards), coffee/tea, wine, fruit (citrus, pomegranates, cranberries). Hate Brussels sprouts? Balance the bitter with a little salt, sugar, lemon juice or vinegar. Or mix in other vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, carrots or caramelized onions.