When it comes to food, we all have our favourites, less than favourites, and then we have the foods that we simply detest. Some people hate the taste of calamari, while some detest the texture of bananas, or the odour that comes from roasted beef or salmon perhaps.

Everyone has their own personal preferences, but in this article, we are going to highlight the top 10 most hated foods across the U.S based on research and reports.

10 Most Disliked Foods

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Brussels Sprouts

Many people tend to adore eating Brussels sprouts, but majority of the people across the U.S tend to dislike this vegetable because of the smell, texture and flavour, and its striking resemblance to smelly feet. This is simply not reason enough to eliminate this extremely healthy vegetable as it packs up an extremely rich concentration of protein and fiber.

Research reveals that Brussels sprouts is highly beneficial as it shields the body against cancer due to its rich concentration of vitamin C and indole, a powerful phytochemical.

2. Garlic

Garlic is considered one of the healthiest herbs, and for hundreds of years, it has been used to ward off everything, from flu and cold to the evil spirits, and since it has a very pungent and strong odour, it may even end up warding off your friends and potential dating partners as well.

According to the records of Sanskrit, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for nearly 5000 years, and it has also been a major ingredient in ancient Chinese medicine for over 3000 years.

Its culinary, medicinal and therapeutic benefits were also highly regarded and enjoyed by the Egyptians, Greek, Babylonians, and Romans. Garlic belongs from the same family of shallots, onions, chive, rakkyo and leeks, and it is a great herb to flavour your meals and multiply their nutritional values.

3. Oysters

Most people hate oysters for a simple and understandable reason: they are simply disgusting and hateable. People who eat them forget the risk of the oyster still being alive while swallowing, and some reports even suggest that the oysters continue to stay alive for at least two minutes after swallowing.

What is an oyster, really? The term oyster is often used as an umbrella to classify various different groups of bivalve molluscs that are found in brackish and marine habitats. Many of these oysters are confused by human beings around the world as seafood delicacies in cooked and uncooked meals.

Oysters have other uses too, for instance, pearl oysters are commonly harvested to obtain the pearl that grows inside the mantle.

4. Mayonnaise

Jimmy Fallon dislikes mayonnaise because its appearance reminds him of pus, while former President Obama never really cared for the taste.

Mayonnaise is generally liked by people across the world, but the French have a particular adoration for this concoction and they strongly recommend others to make their own mayonnaise using raw egg yolks and some olive oil.

The process can be complicated and challenging, but it’s hard to find similar taste from a commercially sold bottle variety. Besides, the manufactured varieties of mayonnaise produced and sold across the US tends to be very different from the varieties available in France.

5. Mushrooms

Even though most people adore adding mushrooms to their meals and salads, but reports suggest that the infestation of nearly 20 maggots in every 3.5 ounces of mushrooms is considered safe and acceptable for selling these vegetables at commercial outlets. Many people dislike the textures and taste of mushrooms, while some people simply can’t take a shine to their smell.

However, the truth remains that mushrooms are an extremely popular cooking staple and they are widely used in various cuisines around the globe, most importantly Korean, European, Japanese and Chinese. Mushrooms can be purchased from all supermarkets and grocery stores, however, if you want organic varieties, pick out farmed mushrooms as opposed to commercial varieties.

6. Tofu

Tofu tends to have a very bizarre and strange texture, which is why most people dislike it and avoid adding it to their meals. Tofu is made from water, soybeans and a curdling agent.

It is extremely rich in calcium and protein, and for hundreds of years, it has remained a prominent ingredient in Asian cuisines. Recently, its use and popularity in Western cuisine has increased, and the ongoing trend of vegan and cruelty-free eating has compelled people to start eating tofu regardless of its strange texture.

7. Cheese Fondue

Reports reveal that cheese fondue, an extremely popular meal on the streets of London, is actually the third most hated food item across the U.S.

Cheese fondue is slightly depressing because of the messy and gloppy setting, and it does tend to abuse various dairy products to create a sad and tasteless concoction.

8. Celery

Most people tend to hate celery and avoid adding it to their meals because it is generally considered a boring and bland vegetable.

It’s not surprising to find celery on the list of the most hated foods because it doesn’t really have any taste and eating it would be only help exercise your mouth.

9. Licorice

The flavour of licorice is pretty much an acquired taste, you will either adore it or simply detest and discard it. If you hate licorice, you are on the safe side, at least as far as black licorice is concerned. According to the reports and warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), black licorice is loaded with glycyrrhizin, a compound that contains all the sweetness that is present in a licorice root.

This compound can cause a serious decline in the potassium levels present within the body, and when these levels get drastically reduced, certain individuals can experience symptoms of high blood pressure, lethargy, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, edema and even congestive heart failure.

10. Cilantro

Last but certainly not the least, cilantro ranks amongst the least favourite foods of all time, and this is actually a highly beneficial herb with a soft green leaves and a rich, pungent flavour. The seed of the cilantro plant is called coriander, and despite sharing the same seed, cilantro has a strikingly different taste from coriander. The two simply cannot be considered as alternatives for each other.

Most people tend to confuse cilantro with a similar herb, culantro, but even though the latter is related to the cilantro plant, they are two different herbs. Cilantro is a very common and vital ingredient in cuisines across the world, particularly the Caribbean, Far East, and Latin American cuisines.

Cilantro has a fabulous taste and many health benefits, however, many people are born with a genetic predisposition to dislike cilantro, which is why it definitely belonged on this list.

This marks the end of our top 10 most hated foods in America. So, which foods do you hate the most? Don’t forget to share your opinions in the comments section below.


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