According to Chinese medicine, the taste of food nourishes by sending nutrition along the energy pathways of the body. For example, sweet foods such as grains, fruits, and honey support the spleen and stomach. Sour foods help the liver and gallbladder. You can choose from tomatoes, vinegar, chicken, turkey, and green apples. Onions, garlic, ginger, and peppers are considered pungent foods that nourish the lungs and large intestines. For the small intestines and heart, turn to bitter foods like lettuce, kale, and broccoli. Miso, eggs, and fish are salty for the kidneys and bladder. A balance of these five tastes is optimal for energizing the body.