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Why do we dislike some foods?

16 Nov

I read an interesting article yesterday in the New York Times attempting to explain why some people love cilantro and some people (including me!) absolutely hate it.

Apparently, there is a theory that some people may be genetically predisposed to hate cilantro. I’ve wondered about this phenomenon before. I am not a picky eater. In fact, I am pretty much the exact opposite of a picky eater. Ever since I was a child I have liked most foods and I enjoy intense flavors like onion, olives and anything spicy. But two things that many people really like, cilantro and goat cheese, are on my top hated foods list. I have given both of them a try many times but I find that they both taste completely wretched to me.

So, what do you think of this hypothesis? Could it be possible that some of us are predisposed to dislike certain foods? Or are we just being picky?