13 Foods Everyone Either Loves or Hates
The endless debate: Does cilantro taste like soap?
Soap, dirt, and metal shavings are just a few tastes some people have when they eat cilantro. People either love it and use it to top everything from tacos to chili, or they avoid it like the plague. There’s a scientific reason you either love or hate this herb—and it depends on heritage. According to a survey from 23andMe, cilantro haters share a common genetic variation found in people with European ancestry. Likewise, another study from 23andMe found that environment plays a big part in whether or not you like cilantro—fewer South Asians, Hispanics, and Middle Easterners disliked the herb.
There’s a lot of love and hate for pineapple on pizza. Those pizza-eaters who like pineapple on their pizza appreciate the combination of sweet and savory, while the haters prefer traditional ‘za. Some haters go as far as to say people who like this topping are equivalent to Hitler. But some people claim those who find pineapple on pizza gross have simply never actually tried it themselves.
Loving or hating black licorice likely comes down to the senses of taste and smell, according to Marcia Pelchat, an associate member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit center that researches taste and smell. The combination of anethole, which smells like fennel or anise, and glycyrrhizin, which tastes like an artificial sweetener, is the key to your love or hate of black licorice, NBC News reports.
Green bell pepper
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The real reason green peppers taste so different from the red, yellow, and orange varieties is that green peppers aren’t ripe before people pick them, according to Good Housekeeping. Since these peppers aren’t ripe, they have a more harsh, almost bitter taste in comparison to the other, sweeter peppers. Here are 20 food facts that will change how you eat.
Mayo is either the perfect, necessary condiment for a sandwich or the bain of existence. According to Popular Science, one reason people might dislike mayo is thanks to the viscous texture. Americans are more apt to enjoy a dollop of mayo than countries in Asia and Western Europe, where the dislike for the condiment is strong.
Sugar-coated marshmallows shaped like chicks don’t seem like anything to get angry over. Alas, the internet thinks otherwise. One headline from The Guardian simply reads, “Sorry, But Peeps Are Disgusting.” Others have more specific gripes with the Easter treat including the sticky texture, the colors, and the lack of flavor. Yet, some people are perfectly happy with all of this. In fact, Peeps have actually made their way into other holiday treats and beyond with Peep-flavored milk, Spoon University reports. These are the 17 foods chefs never order in restaurants.
Some people can’t get past the smell of stinky cheeses like blue cheese, let alone eat them. Others, however, may not like the smell of blue cheese but enjoy the taste. That’s because of something called backwards smelling, according to Bon Appetit. The taste and texture aspect essentially trumps the smell which only releases back into your nose post-eating—meaning the taste is worth the stench, for some.
Salty and briny, olives make a great appetizer, salad-topper, or even as a single-serving snack—but some people won’t touch the stuff. Those who hate olives typically claim they have a slimy, chewy texture. It all really depends, however, on the type of olive, since the fresh stuff has a different feel and taste from those that have been processed and canned, Mic reports. These are the 8 foods you should be eating raw.
Store-bought frosted sugar cookies
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This chewy seafood is a hit or miss with most people. Although a dash of lemon or hot sauce is all some people need to slurp oysters, others wish they would stay in the sea. They have even been compared to “bogeys” by some foodies, per lovefood.com.