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What is it about certain foods that cause such a strong aversion in some people?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Take cilantro, for example. Personally, I could eat the stuff all day long. I load up my carnitas with it, chop it up and add it to salads and side dishes, etc. But it seems like everyone else I know absolutely hates it.

Do certain foods have a compound which causes people to intensely dislike it?

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on November 03, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Nope...tastes like soap! (Actually, I always thought it tasted like nail polish remover smells, but that garners weird looks and takes longer to say.)

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:51 PM

That's because it does taste lemony ;)

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on November 02, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yep...I'm in the "tastes like soap" camp. My sister thinks it tastes lemony.

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on November 02, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I'm in the hates Cilantro camp. However it wasn't till recently. I used to not notice it much but lately I can't stand it.

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at 04:53 PM

Interesting! Thank you for the link!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 02, 2012
at 04:48 PM

It appears that there is a (albeit partial) genetic correlation to cilantro aversion: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/cilantro-aversion-gene-study_n_1901124.html

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on November 03, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Nope...tastes like soap! (Actually, I always thought it tasted like nail polish remover smells, but that garners weird looks and takes longer to say.)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on November 02, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yep...I'm in the "tastes like soap" camp. My sister thinks it tastes lemony.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 02, 2012
at 09:51 PM

That's because it does taste lemony ;)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on November 02, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Interesting! Thank you for the link!

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on November 02, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Some people are "supertasters," meaning they taste things a lot more intensely than others. There appears to be certain foods that are particularly overwhelming for these people like the cabbage family, citrus and some herbs.

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D7854f42e1c1d92f22b3903cd5d4a438

on November 02, 2012
at 05:59 PM

I would imagine part of the reason could be due to a survival mechanism. If you ever had something that made you ill, maybe when you were younger, your brain makes that food nauseating because it associates it with something poisonous.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/11/02/the-psychology-of-food-aversions/

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