Do you have any food hang-ups?

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brought back from the dead twice within two posts... :lol:

Anyway, I can't stand cabbage. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, Sauerkraut, Kohlrabi; you name it, I won't eat it. Nothing that smells so bad can taste good. The most I can tolerate is small traces of the stuff in vegetable mixes.
 

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That's like a list of the best foods for you. Especially sauerkraut, it contains bacteria most people lack that breaks down sugars and also has lots of vitamin C and low calories.
 

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Anyway, I can't stand cabbage. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, Sauerkraut, Kohlrabi; you name it, I won't eat it. Nothing that smells so bad can taste good. The most I can tolerate is small traces of the stuff in vegetable mixes.
This will cause you to miss out on some really good and healthy foods.
 

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Come to think of it, I kind of like Kimchi.

As for the "bad smell = inedible" bit, that applies mainly to cabbage and is a sort of childhood "trauma" induced by the smell of cabbage wafting through my home. Even as a toddler, I reportedly never ate any baby food containing cabbage. (Trauma is much too big a word, but I can't think of a better one at the moment.)
 
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I used to not eat soooo many things when I was younger. If I didn't like the look of it, the texture or the smell, I would refuse to eat it.

I'm slowly getting over it by now, especially the look and the texture of the food plays smaller role now, the but there are still a few things that make me gag involuntarily, like liver or mustard.

And I'm still not a fan of mushrooms, and I kinda hate that I can't get over the psychological barrier of starting to enjoy them. I can tolerate some of them by now, but that's about it.
 

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I used to not eat soooo many things when I was younger. If I didn't like the look of it, the texture or the smell, I would refuse to eat it.

I'm slowly getting over it by now, especially the look and the texture of the food plays smaller role now, the but there are still a few things that make me gag involuntarily, like liver or mustard.

And I'm still not a fan of mushrooms, and I kinda hate that I can't get over the psychological barrier of starting to enjoy them. I can tolerate some of them by now, but that's about it.
I used to hate all sorts of foods as a kid that didn't have a readily accesible flavour or texture. 2 things factor into that.

1. I grew the hell up and learned to appreciate stuff that taste more unusual to the lowest common denominator, that I learned to enjoy like fine arts or music.

2. A lot of what I hated in the past, frankly, was prepared pretty poorly and thus also didn't taste good, but once I went to a restaurant or had a chef prepare something like liver or misc in a way where it tasted really good, then I could enjoy it more in other preparations as well.

I used to hate uni (sea urchin roe) sushi when I first tried because it tasted horribly 'fishy' but I found that really fresh uni is not only expensive but hard to get in non-port cities and the stuff I first tried was pretty lousy quality, but once I had really good quality stuff, it made all the difference in the world.

 

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Being from the North of England I have an almost magnetic draw to battered deep fried Cod and chips, with mushy peas. Weird thing is though I DETEST every other kind of sea food imaginable and I hate peas in their original state. o_O I hate the smell of most fish, the taste, the texture and the fact that I reckon fish isn't the most healthiest thing for you to eat along with things like like mussels, clams etc. I refer to oysters as a "Blob of snot served on a natural side plate." And you'll be buggered if you think am eating sushi.

Well, I will eat a prawn cocktail maybe once a year at Christmas so long as they're doused in so much Marie Rose sauce that it's the only thing I can taste an I can barely see the feckin' things. I don't really eat them I inhale them.

I do also have an aversion to beans and various other kinds of pulse, especially lentils for some reason.

Belgian Fart Grenades are out of the question. (Brussel Sprouts.) I haven't eaten one since 1995. I also think Avocado is a waste of mushy, tasteless space and I don't eat it on that basis alone.
 

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Looks like lots of people here have texture issues. I cannot eat most cooked vegies. They get mushy and nasty and make me gag. I will however eat most of them raw so I cannot fathom why my mother insists on putting in the effort of cooking vegetables and then serving me them when I have told her repeatedly I will NOT eat them and they have had half their nutrition boiled out anyway. Broccoli is probably the worst of them since I don't like the taste and it is made of 2 unpleasant textures at the same time.
I also have to be meticulous when cutting meat because if my tooth hits fat or a vein the texture makes my gag reflex activate.
 

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I used to hate all sorts of foods as a kid that didn't have a readily accesible flavour or texture. 2 things factor into that.

1. I grew the hell up and learned to appreciate stuff that taste more unusual to the lowest common denominator, that I learned to enjoy like fine arts or music.

2. A lot of what I hated in the past, frankly, was prepared pretty poorly and thus also didn't taste good, but once I went to a restaurant or had a chef prepare something like liver or misc in a way where it tasted really good, then I could enjoy it more in other preparations as well.

I used to hate uni (sea urchin roe) sushi when I first tried because it tasted horribly 'fishy' but I found that really fresh uni is not only expensive but hard to get in non-port cities and the stuff I first tried was pretty lousy quality, but once I had really good quality stuff, it made all the difference in the world.

QFT, and the fact that the uni is food porn.
 

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Being from the North of England I have an almost magnetic draw to battered deep fried Cod and chips, with mushy peas. Weird thing is though I DETEST every other kind of sea food imaginable and I hate peas in their original state. o_O I hate the smell of most fish, the taste, the texture and the fact that I reckon fish isn't the most healthiest thing for you to eat along with things like like mussels, clams etc. I refer to oysters as a "Blob of snot served on a natural side plate." And you'll be buggered if you think am eating sushi.

Well, I will eat a prawn cocktail maybe once a year at Christmas so long as they're doused in so much Marie Rose sauce that it's the only thing I can taste an I can barely see the feckin' things. I don't really eat them I inhale them.

I do also have an aversion to beans and various other kinds of pulse, especially lentils for some reason.

Belgian Fart Grenades are out of the question. (Brussel Sprouts.) I haven't eaten one since 1995. I also think Avocado is a waste of mushy, tasteless space and I don't eat it on that basis alone.
Fish is actually the healthiest meat for you, by a long shot. Obviously, deep fried and battered kinda negates any nutritional value. You really have to try fresh fish, ie. was swimming around a few hours ago it is amazingly good.

Same goes for avocados, better fresh and in season. And beans are so amazingly good for you. These things all call for a little extra prep to make taste really good though, old fish, canned or boxed beans and stale avocados are all nasty.
 

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The difference between the fish you probably had at your local restaurant and extremely fresh fish, cooked by someone who knows how to treat it properly, is like night and day.

I had this amazing piece of cod (not regular cod but a close relative, fished far up north in Norway next to Russia) 2 days ago and it was simply amazing. Unlike any other piece of fish I've ever had before. It was served with a leek compote, jerusalem artichoke puree, veal sweetbread fritter and a light chicken jus.

Most people don't like certain vegetables cos they've been cooked to death with no imagination.
 
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Well fish I am still quite dubious about regardless of whether I think it's healthy or not. They talk about mercury levels in fish and blah blah. But really it's all about the texture, taste and smell in most fish. And believe me I have had the freshest fish possible back when I did eat the stuff. My family and I go to Whitby in North Yorkshire quite often. It's a seaside town who's main income is pretty much fish. I don't eat Scottish Fish & Chips because they can't make 'em properly and they use Haddock not Cod, so I go without and ONLY eat Fish & Chips when we go to Whitby.

I also forgot to mention my aversion to chocolate which I haven't eaten willingly now for well over a decade. I don't like the taste, the way it clings to the inside of your mouth when it melts and a lot of chocolate gives me upset stomach and/or migraines. Especially Cadbury's. >_<

Funnily enough I did used to like peas, beans and other pulse when I was little, but for some reason I don't now. I think as you grow older you do decide what you do and don't like not just because of taste but with thinks like texture and so on.

Veggies I adore and I will eat them roasted, steamed, not boiled enough or boiled the hell out of.
 

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smells...if it smells bad i cant eat it..I had to throw away a stromboliish thing the other day. Tasted ok but the smell...also i guess the texture was offputting as well.
 

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I have developed some genuine food fears lately, including any McDs hamburgers (after reading about the ridiculous amt of preservatives put in them) and chicken McNuggets (old internet stories detailing how they're made) and from watching the various Food Inc type documentaries, I have no idea what is going into those foods anymore, so now I'm genuinely afraid to pick up anything from that chain.
 

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I have developed some genuine food fears lately, including any McDs hamburgers (after reading about the ridiculous amt of preservatives put in them) and chicken McNuggets (old internet stories detailing how they're made) and from watching the various Food Inc type documentaries, I have no idea what is going into those foods anymore, so now I'm genuinely afraid to pick up anything from that chain.
It's mostly a moral issue. The regulations around what they can and can not put them are so strict that it will do no harm at all if you eat any of that stuff once in a while. What you're prolly referring to with the nuggets is prolly "force-meat" which is basically chicken carcasses being forced into a smooth paste under very high pressure. It's used in many things to bulk out, like in for instance cocktail sausages.
 

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It's mostly a moral issue. The regulations around what they can and can not put them are so strict that it will do no harm at all if you eat any of that stuff once in a while. What you're prolly referring to with the nuggets is prolly "force-meat" which is basically chicken carcasses being forced into a smooth paste under very high pressure. It's used in many things to bulk out, like in for instance cocktail sausages.
Not really morals, more I'm grossed out thinking about the production process. And besides, what harm is there in NOT eating it? I can't think of disadvantages offhand.
 
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