Weigh In - Whatís the one food item you would never eat?
How we are hard-wired to like or dislike foods is probably not all that different from why some men prefer blondes over brunettes, or why someone is a cat person and not a dog lover. We just are.
Chatting with shoppers at Starbucks in The Grove in Shrewsbury revealed a lot of similarity in the answers to this question. Liver is one of the most common foods people love to hate. Responses to not liking liver were very emphatic! Quite a few people had seafood allergies, so an easy out for them. Others had rather obscure responses, such as snake, grubs and eel. I canít imagine anyone has to choose among those food (?) items as entrees on restaurant menus in Monmouth County. Some, mostly men, had aversions to green vegetables, or really any kind of vegetables. Can you imagine them as little boys being told by their mothers to ďeat their vegetables?Ē Ha, now theyíre all grown up and they donít have to!
Without delving into the science of taste receptors or the psychological connections between childhood and food, itís fair to say that peopleís likes or dislikes are very definite, very deep seated. But when asked why someone doesnít like a certain food, most responded ďI donít know. I just donít.Ē How we are hard-wired to like or dislike foods is probably not all that different from why some men prefer blondes over brunettes, or why someone is a cat person and not a dog lover. We just are. Fortunately, we live in an area with a wealth of food diversity, from humongous supermarkets and boutique specialty markets to restaurants of every possible flavor. Thereís something for everyone. But, I want to get voted off the island if my only food alternative is ever snake, grubs or eel!
Kumquats. Iíve never had one but I donít even like the sound of the name.
| ||Brussel sprouts. People in the Midwest put them in Manhattans. My kids say youíll never find anything green on Dadís plate.|
| ||Coconut. I just donít like it. You could put it on anything and I wouldnít eat it.|
| ||Pork chops. Iíd eat any other kind of pork, but pork chops are just too tough.|
Ketchup. I just hate it. I hate the way it looks and I donít like it, ever since I was a kid.
| ||Okra. Iíve never had it but itís nasty, runny stuff. I wouldnít eat that.|
| ||Lisa: Mushrooms. I just donít like them. They taste like dirt. Anthony: Caviar. I just donít like the whole idea of eating fish eggs. Not good.|
-Lisa and Anthony Masso
| ||Easy for me; Iím vegetarian. This has been my preference since Thanksgiving when I was seven.|
Any domesticated meats. I prefer to eat all vegetables and tofu and soy products just because of all the hormones and chemicals that are in meat. I try to avoid chemicals and fat.
| ||McDonalds. I try to just eat healthy foods.|
|Liver and onions. Iíve never actually eaten it but I just canít get past the texture and the way it looks.|
| ||Liver. I judge it by the way it looks. The texture looks creepy. I wouldnít even give it a try.|
The one thing I wonít eat is bananas. I just donít like them.
|Crab cakes. I donít like seafood and itís the perfect way to ruin a cake.|
| ||Rocky Mountain oysters.|
Fried chicken. Itís too greasy and not good for you. There are so many delicious alternatives.
There are a lot of foods I wouldnít eat. Peas, guacamole...weird colored foods.
Fish. Iím allergic. Otherwise I pretty much eat everything. Iím not picky.
Eel. Itís fishy and slimy. I did taste it once though, at my girlfriendís on Christmas Eve.
Indian food. I donít like the taste of the spices.
Unfortunately, I do not like salmon and I know I should because itís healthy. I donít like the color or the texture.