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Wow - my tastes are really changing as I get older...anyone else?

librarianjen Jun 14, 2010 02:48 PM

I'm just over 40 - and all my life I've hated bleu cheese. Then, a few years ago, I started liking bleu cheese dressing with my hot wings. Now, all of a sudden, I want bleu cheese dressing on my salads. And I don't mean just the dressing - I want huge hunks of bleu cheese in it as well. It just seemed like this happened overnight!

And Braunschweiger - loved this growing up - and I just recently tasted it again, and it was *awful* to me.

Are there any foods you used to hate, now love, or vice versa?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: librarianjen Jun 14, 2010 03:09 PM

    - i used to hate cilantro & ginger, now i can't get enough of either one. and my feeling about avocado was sort of take-it-or-leave it back in the early days, but now i eat it ALL THE TIME.
    - conversely, i lost my taste for certain sweet foods. i remember i used to *love* Jelly Belly jelly beans and Swedish fish, but now the mere thought of that over-the-top sweetness nauseates me.

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      onceadaylily RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 15, 2010 03:03 PM

      I'm the same with all of those. I avoided cilantro and ginger for years, and they're become near-staples in my kitchen. And I just don't crave sweets like I used to. I can't remember the last time I made a dessert that didn't rely on fruit and/or cream. My stash of 'emergency chocolate' has gone unreplenished for the last year.

    2. Karl S RE: librarianjen Jun 14, 2010 04:06 PM

      Your senses of smell and taste start to get less subtle as you age. Things change. It's one reason why many people crave more seasoning as they get older.

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        jhopp217 RE: Karl S Jun 16, 2010 10:04 AM

        I recently saw a story about the sale of hot sauces in the US. Many people thought it was the influx of people from South America but the real reason is the median age is rising in the country and like you say, older people need more seasoning.

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          Cookiefiend RE: Karl S Nov 19, 2010 08:37 AM

          Here I thought I was getting more adventurous - now I just feel old...


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            JuniorBalloon RE: Karl S Dec 1, 2010 07:43 AM

            Hi Karl,

            Do you have a supporting article? I don't doubt this is true, just would like some more background. I also enjoy things like stronger cheeses and more spice than when I was younger. I have always thought it was related to needing a stronger and stronger drug. After a while medium cheddar just doesn't get me high anymore. :o)


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              JuniorBalloon RE: JuniorBalloon Dec 1, 2010 11:31 AM

              I used the googles and found an article. http://www.tasteandsmell.com/jul07.htm


            2. re: Karl S
              mimolette RE: Karl S Jan 30, 2011 04:40 PM

              That may be the reason in some cases, but not all. I believe some sensations can't be enjoyed until one can allow them to pass the initial negative impact. I can't word it properly, it is as if the brain finally get a chance to understand the mixture of flavors and allow it to trigger a pleasurable response. Ginger used to be something I hated and avoided. But one day I was making some pork, and I noticed the pork smelled in a way I did not like. It has not gone bad, it was not gamy, just a stronger meat smell that did not agree with me. So I added a little little bit of ginger. It masked or changed the smell, and from then on I regularly cook with ginger and actually enjoy it quite a bit in the right context.

            3. onceadaylily RE: librarianjen Jun 15, 2010 03:13 PM

              Like you, Jen, I can do the bleu cheese dressing for the first time in my life, but can't quite get myself to do the unadulterated cheese.

              I crave onions and peppers now (both of which I hated as a child), to the point that I'm thinking about making stuffed green peppers, the same item I used to smuggle from my plate to the bottom of my toybox.

              I've built my tolerance for 'heat' quite well, and can now eat chiles and peppers that my boyfriend shrinks away from. I still have the same sensitivity to salt. I think when I have to start adding more salt to my dishes will be the day I starting feeling old.

              I can't really eat bananas anymore. When I was younger, they just tasted sweet, but now I can taste something in the banana that is hard to put my finger on. A bitterness? I'm not certain how to discribe it, but it makes me feel sick after a few bites. Funny, my mom only ever ate half a banana . . . now I'll have to call her and why (like she doesn't worry about me enough already).

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                librarianjen RE: onceadaylily Jun 16, 2010 08:23 AM

                Oh, I'm crying thinking about your poor mom having to clean the toybox! lol

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                  bbq babe RE: onceadaylily Jun 17, 2010 11:18 AM

                  Try organic bananas. Some years ago I started tasting a bitterness in bananas which ceased to be a problem when I switched to organic. My best guess is that I (and perhaps you) was/were tasting the pesticides.

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                    onceadaylily RE: bbq babe Jun 17, 2010 11:35 AM

                    I'll give that a try. I used to eat one for breakfast every day, and really do miss them.

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                      Reston RE: bbq babe Nov 19, 2010 04:55 AM

                      +1 for the organic bananas. They're smaller, but taste so much better.

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                      Casalbordino RE: onceadaylily Nov 19, 2010 04:45 AM

                      Growing up I disliked any kind of legumes. Now, a senior, I love them for taste and health benefits.

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                        Chowrin RE: onceadaylily Nov 19, 2010 11:14 PM

                        oh, they killed the bananas ages ago! if you think they taste different now, you're right. different varietal, much suckier.

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                          ursy_ten RE: onceadaylily Nov 21, 2010 04:23 AM

                          I once found a perfectly dried, rock-hard piece of pizza with one bite out of it in my daughter's toybox. No idea how long it had been there!
                          edit: this was in reply to Onceadaylily's post about the green peppers - I don't know why it ended up down here without its reference.

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                            onceadaylily RE: ursy_ten Nov 21, 2010 07:28 AM

                            I used to smuggle pork chops into the toy box too. I still remember the day I came home from school and my my mother, who had been cleaning my room, sat me down for a talking to. She was equally disgusted and amused, and then I had to actually start eating everything on my plate.

                            (In the top right corner of your post, you'll see 're: onceadaylily': the replies to a post are stacked in the order in which they were created).

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                              ursy_ten RE: onceadaylily Nov 21, 2010 12:14 PM

                              Oh! I swear that link wasn't there last night! Honest!

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                                MinkeyMonkey RE: ursy_ten Nov 21, 2010 05:25 PM

                                I stashed my lunch-bag leftovers in my toychest!! My dad had to sneak in and get them out before they went moldy.

                          2. re: onceadaylily
                            guilty RE: onceadaylily Nov 25, 2010 11:18 AM

                            While I would eat bananas as a kid, now I can only eat bananas in processed form--such as frozen and blended. If I try a fresh banana, I can do about three bites before I have to get the rest of it out of my sight so I don't get nauseated. I think it's the texture rather than the taste in my case. And I always do organic.

                          3. shaogo RE: librarianjen Jun 15, 2010 03:56 PM

                            I find myself using a much more retrained hand when sprinkling garlic and herbs into any dish, now. I guess I've come to a "less is more" palate when it comes to them.

                            I've not made a mushroom gravy in a long time and don't know why. I'm now tolerant of big chunks of tomatoes in soups (vegetable, minestrone, etc.) that used to gross me out.

                            My taste in wine is far more discriminating now than it used to be. Ditto for investing in other good beverages like fresh-squeezed orange juice and exotic locally-produced sodas (that actually taste better than sugar-water).

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                              librarianjen RE: librarianjen Jun 16, 2010 08:22 AM

                              I just thought of another one - I always hated those cake cones with ice cream - but I *loved* sugar cones. I still do, but now I love the cake cones as well! Yes, I still think they taste slightly like I imagine Ikea furniture would, but something about them appeals to me now.

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                                jhopp217 RE: librarianjen Jun 16, 2010 10:02 AM

                                I used to hate pork, olives, mushrooms, capers, and crab meat (these are off the top of my head). Now I love them all, although still sort of hate portobellas.

                                And of course there are things I liked I don't anymore - pasta (just boring) marinara or any tomato sauce. I know this is almost blasphemy for anyone under 40 (I turn forty in weeks), but I'm getting sick of pizza and buffalo wings too. They just seem to be the same almost everywhere.

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                                  NellyNel RE: jhopp217 Jun 16, 2010 10:16 AM


                                  I hated dark chocolate as a child and now I adore it...
                                  I never liked sgar cones growing up - it hAD to be a wafer cone for me...now I love 'em..
                                  Cucumbers, hated now LOVE, ditto Cilantro
                                  The only thing I still don't like as an adult is black licorice - bleh
                                  And I am still avoiding liver...havent tried it again tho, so I can't say...I will eat pate and such made with liver, but fried liver and bacon like mom used to make still scares me a bit!
                                  My most recent revelation is Ikura (salmon roe). I have always liked caviar, but in the 1980's when I first tried sushi - the only thing I didnt like was ikura...YUCK!
                                  I would always ask for "sushi delux - NO IKURA!!!"
                                  about 2 years ago I was a Columbian restaurant and one of the dishes had salmon roe sprinkled over it..I tried it - and I liked it!
                                  I have been addicted to it ever since!
                                  Where had it been all my life?!?

                                  On the other hand I don't think there is anything that I have grown NOT to like!
                                  I pretty much still love it all!

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                                  laliz RE: librarianjen Jun 16, 2010 11:20 AM

                                  I agree about the sweets. I used to accept any chocolate, because it was, well, chocolate.

                                  Now, I don't want any that isn't excellent and now I prefer dark, which I always avoided before.

                                  And I do not like Reese's peanut butter cups any more.

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                                    NellyNel RE: laliz Jun 16, 2010 11:29 AM

                                    I used to LOVE Reeces PBC's - I don't like them anymore either - but I think it's because they arent the same - the seem to be supersweet now, whereas they used to have a great saltiness about them..

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                                      jhopp217 RE: NellyNel Jun 16, 2010 08:39 PM

                                      100% agreed. Not even close to what they tasted like...as little as 10 years ago.

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                                        mollyomormon RE: jhopp217 Oct 13, 2010 07:06 PM

                                        They also have an incredibly offputting waxy texture now.

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                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyomormon Oct 13, 2010 07:32 PM

                                          gotta love all those emulsifiers! blech.

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                                            Reston RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 19, 2010 05:00 AM

                                            They now make a dark chocolate peanut butter cup, which is better, but still not perfect.

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                                              coll RE: Reston Nov 20, 2010 12:08 AM

                                              Trader Joe's has a very nice dark chocolate peanut butter cup. We've been buying their various pb cups, especially the teeny ones, rather than Reeses now.

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                                                Jen76 RE: coll Nov 20, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                The teeny ones are like PB cup crack. So good!

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                                                  coll RE: Jen76 Nov 20, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                  I know, and only 10 calories each. So I feel like it's diet food!

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                                                    Jen76 RE: coll Nov 21, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                    Sure makes it easy to count! ;)

                                      2. re: NellyNel
                                        Chowrin RE: NellyNel Nov 19, 2010 11:15 PM

                                        i still eat them, bu tthey've got way too much rat in them to do anyone much good...

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                                          bushwickgirl RE: Chowrin Nov 20, 2010 09:09 AM

                                          "rat?" Do you mean fat, I hope?

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                                            buttertart RE: bushwickgirl Nov 25, 2010 03:06 PM

                                            Monty Python reference, I believe.

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                                      rmenius RE: librarianjen Jun 16, 2010 12:33 PM

                                      I'm only 24 and in the last year or two I have come around bleu cheese as well. Also Caesar dressing and dark chocolate. I can't really eat cheap chocolate anymore. If it's not dark chocolate, it has to be something like Milka for me to really enjoy it. My tolerance for "salty" has also gone way down too.

                                      1. soypower RE: librarianjen Jun 16, 2010 11:54 PM

                                        Bleu cheese, cilantro, basil, ginger and most surprisingly (for me) I can now tolerate dried shiitake mushrooms. My mom would sometimes put them in dishes that I normally loved, but after that first taste of shiitake, it was over for me. But last night a friend made ddukboki with them and I couldn't stop eating them. What a difference a few decades make.

                                        1. vintagechef RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 02:29 AM

                                          Wow - a topic I have been thinking about alot lately. I have always been a daring eater and willing to eat anything... once. But all my life there were certain things that just made me sick to my stomache to even think about eating. Anything Pickled or that had a strong vinigar smell or taste upset my stomach. When I was a child, if a plate of pickle slices was placed on the table to go with what ever was served for lunch I'd instantly be sick to the point I was racing for the camode or emptied my stomach on the table if I was to slow to leave. If I bit into a pickle in an eat-out burger that was it and all it took. I emptied my stomach right there and then. The only other thing that ever affected me that way was liver. All these years later I still can not handle the smell or taste of liver, but I have developed a taste for vinigar. It no longer upsets me, but there are still a few things than I can not eat it with/in. Mainly peppery sauses. Like tabasco or buffalo wings. Within an hour my tummy is upset and I have diarea. I actually like pickles now though, or pickled eggs and such. Or a good wine vinigar on greens or a salad.

                                          1. bushwickgirl RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 04:26 AM

                                            I like everything, I always have and still do, but I don't have the appetite I used to, just can't eat so much of everything anymore. Sad.

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                                              jujuthomas RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 11:30 AM

                                              im starting to add more heat to my food - DH keeps asking who I am because I've never been a chili head, lol!

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                                                Sinicle RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 11:30 AM

                                                As was pointed out there are physiologic changes that do occur with aging. But looking at the responses ( and ages of the posters), it appears that the basis for most of the observation is psychologic; similar to all food choices. I will eat almost anything, but as a child the "thought" of olives, smoked fish or tomatoes turned me off. My grandmother paid me $15 as a teen to try a tomato and I have eaten them since. I am sorry for all the olives and smoked fish I missed eating for the first 50 plus years. I only tried waffles in my early sixties and "s'mores" last year. Not bad, but I've always been more savory than sweet.

                                                My point being that aside from some aging changes (which I have not noticed) and folks who are "supertasters," I think our apparent changes in food likes/dislikes are both complicated and idiosyncratic.

                                                1. Passadumkeg RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                  Just wait another 20 years. I can't remember.

                                                  1. tatamagouche RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                    I had a sweet tooth until my late 20s; then, sometime in the past decade, that really began to change. No interest in sweet breakfast foods at all. Cheese and nuts replaced desserts. Etc.

                                                    Edit: I should add though that from a young age I loved most pungent/salty things most kids don't: olives, anchovies, sardines, herring, etc. Also liked any and all vegetables (still do), even brussels sprouts.

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                                                      fara RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                      yes, i used to like everything except green peppers, cooked carrots, and cooked celery. the taste of cooked celery used to turn me off terribly. green peppers almost seemed like they burned and had a horrible taste. cooked carrots made me want to gag. this up until i had my daughter last year. i still don't like raw celery in a tuna sandwich however. and canned tuna in water makes me nauseous now but i used to love it.
                                                      i think the only "adventurous" food i've ever truly not liked was a chinese preparation of deep fried chicken stomach. i have always liked all kinds of foods, but funnily enough the aforementioned green peppers, carrots, and celery have become part of my weekly cooking repertoire. i've made a great green stuffed pepper with carrots and dill.

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                                                        ursy_ten RE: fara Nov 21, 2010 04:10 AM

                                                        Pregnancy does funny things to a palate. I used to cook with bell peppers a lot until my pregnancy. Haven't really cared for them since. That was 15 years ago.

                                                      2. MinkeyMonkey RE: librarianjen Jun 17, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                        How interesting...
                                                        I've found that many tastes have stayed the same, such as being equally fond of strong flavours as well as very subtle and even bland flavours, disliking salty foods especially chips and bag-snacks, liking things less sweet, loving fruit and veggies--even as a tot and disliking the texture of bananas while loving the flavour.

                                                        I've never like mayo or white bread. Funny, my mom told me a story about how I used to eat white bread with an extremely thin coating of mayo and that was all I'd want for dinner until I was about five. Gross!

                                                        Since I was eight I used to eat nearly unbearably spicy-hot foods until I was sweating, my eyes were watering and my nose needed blowing. Those symptoms couldn't stop me from eating my way through my tears. Somewhere around 35 or so, I just stopped enjoying that kind of heat. I like spicy and hot foods but not if it keeps burning or if it isn't "medium". "Hot" is just too hot now.

                                                        I loved fruit at the bottom yoghurt from Continental, probably because they didn't add white sugar. Now, I really only like unsweetened plain.

                                                        I loved, loved, loved braunschweiger plain, with crackers, on celery, in sandwiches, with strawberry jelly and cream cheese...you name it. I can't stand it now! It tastes like lard to me. Blech.

                                                        Not that much seems to have changed but a lot of "must haves" and "must stay away froms" have changed places.

                                                        1. khoops RE: librarianjen Jun 25, 2010 12:29 AM

                                                          In just the past year or two, I've come to like raw tomatoes, raw bell peppers, (somewhat) spicy food, and olives - before now I've never liked any of them. Granted, I'm an undergrad student and still fairly young. I'm pretty excited to see what happens next.

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                                                            gfr1111 RE: librarianjen Jun 25, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                            I'm 59. The old age effect must be getting to me. I want all my foods far more heavily spiced. Getting marinara sauce spicy enough is now a challenge which it did not used to be. I keep adding more and more garlic, oregano, allspice, basil, trying to get it to "there."

                                                            I also want more heat from chili peppers, regular pepper, or horseradish than I used to
                                                            want. (On the other hand, my tolerance for heat is less than it was when I lived in Singapore and spent a lot of time in Malaysia.)

                                                            I still like sweets but don't crave them nearly as often as I used to when in my twenties and younger.

                                                            As for food I used to hate and now love: cilantro because it used to make me queasy, but now I love the stuff. Mexican food just doesn't seem the same without it.

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                                                              bushwickgirl RE: gfr1111 Jun 25, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                              "I want all my foods far more heavily spiced. "

                                                              This is a noted common occurance for humans as they age; the taste buds aren't as sharp (as well as other functioning body parts, sadly) as they were. Seems like I have (at 58) the same thing going on, and can tolerate so much more heat and spice than when I was 25. Food just tastes less flavorful to me if I don't season to the point of what I would have considered excessive in my younger years, to say nothing of my sadly diminishing appetite. So season away and enjoy.

                                                              As I posted above, I like everything and always have, just can't taste food so well or eat so much of it anymore

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                                                                guilty RE: bushwickgirl Nov 25, 2010 10:55 AM

                                                                As for everyone saying that the sense of taste is not as sharp as we get older . . . while this may be true for a number of reasons, zinc deficiency is actually pretty common, and it dulls our sense of smell and taste. When I started taking zinc supplements (which I only do sporadically), I kept noticing scents, which seemed weird, and some foods started tasting really good. It actually took me a couple of weeks to connect the two.

                                                                Though I believe that what we like and dislike is probably largely based on just retraining our palates and certain biochemical changes that we don't understand. For instance, it seems that when you're a kid and still growing, you need more calories, so we'd be drawn to sweet and fatty foods, while once we've stopped growing, these foods hold less appeal. I also suspect hormone changes have something to do with it.

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                                                              Whinerdiner RE: librarianjen Oct 13, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                              I have noted changes. As others have mentioned Cilantro and Ginger were always off limits. I thought Cilantro tasted like soap. Now, I love it! And we always have fresh ginger in the house.
                                                              Oh, and Brussels Sprouts! I can remember sitting at the dining room table for HOURS as a kid because we weren't allowed up until all vegetables were finished.
                                                              Just the smell could make me gag! Now, though, I cook them all the time. I'm a roasted Brussels Sprouts person!
                                                              One big thing I've noticed is that I can never get my food hot enough. Both spicy and temperature hot. My food needs to be scalding!

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                                                                Isolda RE: Whinerdiner Nov 19, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                I still think cilantro tastes like soap, but I've come to like soap in my middle age. I've tried leaving cilantro out of dishes that call for it, but even my husband (who really hates cilantro by itself) thinks the dishes are duller without it. I guess "soap" is a layering ingredient?

                                                              2. gaffk RE: librarianjen Oct 13, 2010 03:36 PM

                                                                For me, it's asparagus. Tasted like grass when I was younger. Now, please put it on every plate you serve me--in my morning omelet, steamed, roasted with olive oil & garlic, grilled with butter . . . I could go on, but you get the point.

                                                                1. lexuschef RE: librarianjen Oct 13, 2010 05:01 PM

                                                                  I could not stand the smell or taste of mint or basil--can't use them often enough now. Even mint toothpaste, no way. Pesto, peppermint candy, etc., forget it. Bleu cheese, same thing; always in our fridge now.

                                                                  Used to like croissants, can't stand them now--they taste and smell lardy to me in a bad way. No more peanut butter either.

                                                                  I am maintaining the status quo, however, on lima beans--still YUCK, LOL!! I'm 52

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                                                                    gaffk RE: lexuschef Oct 13, 2010 05:16 PM

                                                                    Grew up with fresh mint and basil . . . still love them. Just moved and had to go back to the old place to dig them up and put them in the new place. Can't stand cilantro--ruins the dish for nme.

                                                                    Buttery croisssants . . . .yum.

                                                                    Can't stand lima beans, but my dad and oldest nephew scarf them up and love their succotash (limas & corn). Same with spinach--lots of salt & butter. I don't get it, but then they don't get my corn on the cob with salt & butter.

                                                                    And this is why smart restaurants present a varied menu--"Can I have the asparagus instead of the seasonal veggies?", "Can I have the spinach with the chicken?" "Can I add grilled chicken to my pasta?" If all ingredients are seasonal and cooked to order, you can get the meal you love.

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                                                                      mamachef RE: lexuschef Nov 21, 2010 01:31 PM

                                                                      Considering that commercially-produced croutons are fried in the equivalent of herbed crankcase oil, I'm not suprised by your aversion to them, lexuschef.

                                                                    2. pikawicca RE: librarianjen Oct 13, 2010 07:36 PM

                                                                      I'm pretty boring. I like the same things now (just about everything) as I did as a little 'un.

                                                                      1. Passadumkeg RE: librarianjen Oct 13, 2010 07:41 PM

                                                                        I'm in a 12 step program for red & green chiles! Spice it up!

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                                                                          Kunegunde RE: Passadumkeg Oct 14, 2010 01:48 PM

                                                                          I agree with stronger flavors in general and hot chiles in particular, but I don't think anybody's mentioned sour. I REALLY like sour things more in my old age. My mother used to make a hot dog and potato soup when I was a kid, and I was grossed out by how much vinegar my father would put in his bowl. Now I make a tarted-up version of the same soup (with grilled kielbasa and caramelized onions), and damned if a humongous dollop of vinegar in the bowl isn't crucial to making it work.

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                                                                            tatamagouche RE: Kunegunde Nov 19, 2010 07:17 AM

                                                                            +1. I always liked sour, but now I REALLY like it.

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                                                                              guilty RE: Kunegunde Nov 25, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                                              Generally speaking, sour foods help digestion, and our digestive ability tends to decline as we age.

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                                                                                Passadumkeg RE: guilty Nov 25, 2010 02:32 PM

                                                                                I go through 1.5 gal. of buttermilk each week, just like my dad did.

                                                                          2. Bob W RE: librarianjen Oct 14, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                            Bleu cheese was definitely on my hate list for many years. Now there is no cheese too smelly for me. And I love bleu cheese dressing too. I order wedge salads in great part because of the blue cheese dressing lovingly ladled over the lettuce. With most salad dressings for me now less is more except for bleu cheese dressing -- more is more!

                                                                            1. Passadumkeg RE: librarianjen Nov 19, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                              Is it that I taste preservitives, hormones and additives to my food more or am just more conscious of them as the sound of the Grim Reaper gets nearer?

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                                                                                mamachef RE: Passadumkeg Nov 21, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                I taste them too. Especially the chemicals in processed foods and the nitrates in smoked foods.

                                                                              2. melpy RE: librarianjen Nov 19, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                                                I probably could have been considered picky as a child, each year things I once hated I now like... I keep telling my pickier friends to keep trying things because your tastebuds change. Now I am 26 and have added so many new foods.

                                                                                Didn't like:
                                                                                raw tomato until I was 9
                                                                                any fish other than flounder or catfish fried until I was 18
                                                                                shrimp until I was 10
                                                                                raw celery ( 22-23)
                                                                                carrots (22-23) Still hate them raw only cooked!
                                                                                sweet potatoes (20)
                                                                                bean (19)
                                                                                cucumber (11)
                                                                                rutabaga (19)
                                                                                onion (13?)
                                                                                nuts (8)
                                                                                butter (14) only margarine please (what was I thinking!?)
                                                                                sausage (10)
                                                                                green beans (14)
                                                                                chili (14)

                                                                                I'm sure there is more but this is starting to be a dull list.

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                                                                                  bushwickgirl RE: melpy Nov 19, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                                                  You've added 15 food items to your like list since you were 8, at the rate of approximately 1 1/7 item a year to your current age of 26; by the time your my age now, in 33 years, you'll have a total list of approximately 53 items gained. Not too shabby.

                                                                                  That's contingent of course, on whether you have 33 more items you dislike now to continue your list with, and by that age, your taste will start to fade away. All I can say is enjoy as many foods as you can as soon as possible. ;-)

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                                                                                    melpy RE: bushwickgirl Nov 30, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                    I think as of 25 I can add beets as well! Thanks for the math, don't know if I have 33 more foods to add but I'm super close to thinking green bell peppers on pizza might be edible as well.

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                                                                                      bushwickgirl RE: melpy Nov 30, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                      Beets are delcious, keep up the good work. Green peppers on pizza, as long as they're fresh; I've had canned, yes, canned green peppers, at cheap pizza joints, just awful. Almost made a green pepper hater out of me.

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                                                                                  Isolda RE: librarianjen Nov 19, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                  I used to love rich, chocolate-caramel sweets. Now the combination is so sweet to me I can't imagine eating more than one bite. I also used to love cheesecake, but now I don't care for it.

                                                                                  And as a child, I thought salty foods were hotter than those that contained spicy peppers. Now I really like salt.

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                                                                                    tatamagouche RE: Isolda Nov 20, 2010 03:08 PM

                                                                                    Seems to be a general truth that a taste for sweets at the least doesn't increase, and often decreases, with age. Yes?

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                                                                                      gaffk RE: tatamagouche Nov 20, 2010 03:15 PM

                                                                                      Nope, the older my grandmom got, the more often she sent me to the candy store.

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                                                                                        tatamagouche RE: gaffk Nov 20, 2010 07:14 PM

                                                                                        Well, exceptions don't disprove the rule. But then again, your grandma could be the rule! That's kinda what I'm asking. My observation has been in the one direction, but I'd be curious about others' conclusions.

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                                                                                          Jen76 RE: tatamagouche Nov 21, 2010 07:25 AM

                                                                                          My grandmother is 91 and would live off candy and sweets if my parents (who she lives with) would let her. My mom caught her sneaking away from the kitchen with her hands full of left over Halloween candy from the candy jar.

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                                                                                            guilty RE: Jen76 Nov 25, 2010 11:00 AM

                                                                                            My grandmother also has a sweet tooth in her mid-80s.

                                                                                  2. Peg RE: librarianjen Nov 20, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                    As a child I couldn't abide sweet peppers of any colour - their taste and smell were incredibly strong to me. Now they taste mild and I eat them happily.
                                                                                    I also hated cooked root vegetables (carrots, swedes etc) and I still do, though not to the point of retching. Again, the taste is now milder to me.
                                                                                    I could never stand the taste or smell of honey - this has not changed - it is still utterly repulsive.
                                                                                    I didn't like sour cream - now it's OK but not a favourite thing.
                                                                                    And I liked chocolate and sweets, and sweetened yogurt - which now I don't care for at all.
                                                                                    I only met one cheese as a child that I didn't like - a very strong goat cheese - which I now love.

                                                                                    (off topic - but why are people spelling blue cheese as 'bleu' cheese? Are you all French?)

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                                                                                      Will Owen RE: Peg Nov 20, 2010 03:55 PM

                                                                                      No, but lots of bleu cheese is … and if you're making a French-style moldy cheese "bleu" is the proper name.

                                                                                      Returning to the subject at hand, some of us have no doubt killed off a good part of our sense of smell, if we suffer from frequent bouts of rhinitis. I started noticing a major shift in how I smelled things, and then I read that chronic nose-blowing will eventually destroy the top layer of smell sensors, and when they're gone they're gone. Oops! Wish I'd known that a few years ago.

                                                                                      The good part is that, um, solid waste no longer smells as offensive as it used to. The downside is that a lot of smells I used to love now smell pretty much the same as that … Anyway, I am now able to eat sweet custard without gagging, which was just about the only common food I couldn't stand. Now I suppose I should give durian another try!

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                                                                                        tatamagouche RE: Will Owen Nov 20, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                        Nose blowing decreases the sense of smell? Crap!!!

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                                                                                          Passadumkeg RE: Will Owen Nov 21, 2010 03:26 AM

                                                                                          Explains my green chile addiction. Today: green chile scrambled eggs & bacon w/ tortillas for breakfast, green chile pumpkin soup w/ corn bread for lunch and pork chops baked w/ green chile and sliced potatoes for supper. Not tonight, but I have made green chile, pinon apple pie! Red chile, dried cherry, cherry pie = The Cherry Bomb Pie.

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                                                                                            tatamagouche RE: Passadumkeg Nov 21, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                            That is *not* the key factor in your addiction, I"m sure.

                                                                                            Headed to ABQ for Thanksgiving...

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                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: tatamagouche Nov 21, 2010 05:29 AM

                                                                                              We'll wave from the top of Mt Taylor! Seriously. Not only do tastes change as one gets older, but food needs change as well. This will be the 1st T-day w/out kids in 30 years!!!
                                                                                              Instead of being house- bound, cooking for just the 2 of us and watching the Idiot Box, we, instead, plan to spend the day hiking to the summit of Mt. Taylor. Much better idea for this old bod. and battered brain.
                                                                                              Elk roast?
                                                                                              Mutton roast?
                                                                                              I can't decide. But green chile for sure!
                                                                                              I even liked mutton in my 20's. The Navajo (Dine) influence?

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                                                                                        guilty RE: librarianjen Nov 25, 2010 11:23 AM

                                                                                        I now have an aversion to seemingly innocuous foods I used to eat happily. Like pasta. And apples; I have a couple of fresh caramel apples in the fall, and that's it for the year. I used to love Asian pears, but now I couldn't care less. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be as fond as Froot Loops as I used to be, but I don't really care to test that theory.

                                                                                        Oh, and while I used to eat spinach happily as a kid, I try to avoid it now. I think it's the whole oxalic acid/tooth phenomenon. I've always liked spicy stuff, though. And still have a sweet tooth in my 30s; we'll see how that goes.

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                                                                                          dingey RE: librarianjen Dec 1, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                          All things strong and stinky! I was a picky eater as a kid, and many things I wouldn't touch, just on principle. Didn't let any veggies (apart from corn and potatoes) pass my lips until I was in my mid-late 20's. Now that I'm in my 40's, I love all the harsh crucifers, tough leafy greens, moldy stinking cheeses, vinegar vinegar vinegar, pickled things, beets, etc. In other words, everything that my mom's side of the family ALWAYS loved. It's fun to have finally hit the point where I will try most anything, and, USUALLY, enjoy it. I still have some texture issues, though, and am still repulsed by the sight of a jar of mayonnaise (even though i will now knowingly eat it on occasion).

                                                                                          1. cbertel RE: librarianjen Jan 31, 2011 06:14 AM

                                                                                            Broccoli -- ugh. I washed it down Mom's overcooked sludge (broccoli) with huge glasses of milk. I love it now if it's just li8ghtly blanched. Also asparagus -- couldn't stand it as a child. Now it's great just roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

                                                                                            1. briansnat RE: librarianjen Feb 2, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                                                              I wouldn't eat mayo as a kid. When I was in college all there was to eat one night was roast beef with mayo sandwiches and I was really hungry. I actually liked it and have loved mayo ever since.

                                                                                              I wouldn't eat broccoli, cauliflower or asparagus until I was in my early 30's. Now I tolerate broccoli and asparagus and love cauliflower.

                                                                                              Fresh tomatoes. Wouldn't touch them for about half my life. I would get grossed out when mhy mom would gush over her fresh tomato and mayo sandwich, which always has been a favorite of hers. Then I started tolerating them on burgers. Now I love fresh tomatoes. But they have to be fresh, from a farm stand. Not the garbage sold in grocery stores. And I even like fresh tomato and mayo sandwiches.

                                                                                              Cabbage. Couldn't stand it. My mom would make golumpki and I'd peel off the cabbage and eat the stuffing. Now, as I type this I have a huge pile of cabbage being salted for kimchi. I love all things cabbage.

                                                                                              And like the OP, blue cheeses. I wouldn't touch any of them until I was in my mid 30's. Now I love them all, especially Gorgonzola and Stilton

                                                                                              Oh, and Chinese food in general. Mom would serve chow mein topped with those canned La Choy noodles and I hated it and equated all Chinese food with it. When I got my first job my co-workers would send out for Chinese food for dinner every week. At first I declined, then I would order ribs. Eventually I'd venture into fried rice, but that was it.

                                                                                              THEN my girlfriend at the time insisted we go to a new Chinese restaurant that she loved. It served authentic Szechuan cuisine. I figured I'd go and have some fried rice, but they didn't have fried rice on the menu. I tried the Kung Pao chicken because she insisted I would like it. I absolutely loved it and now love Chinese food. Good Chinese food. There still are few things worse than the lousy Chinese food that seems so prevalent.

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                                                                                                dinnerwithfox RE: librarianjen Feb 3, 2011 01:00 AM

                                                                                                Yes, my tastes have completely changed.

                                                                                                I was the pickest child in the entire world, never ate vegetables (except broccoli and potatos) or fruit or anything that wasnt made by my nonna. I ate mainly pasta with meat sauce, sometimes beef or lamb, bacon and scrambled eggs, pancakes and anything chocolately/sweet or any form of cooked potato. My drink of choice was milk or fizzy drinks, espcially creme soda or coke.

                                                                                                Now I dont eat red anymore, I love oily fish, pistachios, yogurt, I get excitied about bitter greens and all fresh vegetables and fruit and markets. I love legumes, chickpeas, cannelini beans, eggs in other ways besides scrambled and I appreciate all different ethnic foods. I drink coffee, tea, WATER haha with lemon and wines etc. I acutally dont drink milk anymore, have changed to soy for reasons.

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