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America's 25 most hated foods

Not sure of the origins of this, it showed up on a local TV news page.
I agree with a few of them. Was surprised by one or two.

Daymn there must be some really really bad cooks out there when eggplant tastes like boiled boots.


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  1. Eggplant is delicious. Unless it's cooked badly. Then it's stringy and bitter. Yuck!

    1. Hmmm...I always suspected I'm weird, but perhaps this confirms it. With the exception of Spam (which I guess I'd eat if I were hungry enough) -- and buttermilk on its own -- there's not a single thing on that list that I'd shy away from.

      Some I prefer more than others, but I wouldn't say "hate" for any of them.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        me too also with the exception of spam and the fact that I haven't tried liver since I was a kid.

        1. re: sunshine842

          and buttermilk on its own
          I felt that way untill I made my own butter, the butter milk from that is so good I drank it all warm.
          As far as that list, Black licorice is the only thing I HATE, there are 4 I avoid but would eat if I was served. I was expecting some disgusting canned pasta before I saw the list , when avacodo was on there I dismissed the results, was it just children surveyed?was the survey taken at McCafe at dinner time?
          BTW i've eaten dog food(dry and canned, moist meaty chunks) and besides being a little bitter it's better than canned tuna, or cat food as I call it

          1. re: Dave5440

            "...when avacodo was on there I dismissed the results, was it just children surveyed?was the survey taken at McCafe at dinner time? "
            You seem to imply that you like avocado. You also seem to imply that all adults or non-McCafe diners would like avocados. If this is so, then - why would you think that?

            I for one am not keen on avocados although if served a few slices of the fruit I'll eat them. It's certainly not something I'd normally buy myself and in fact can't remember the last time I bought one. Not within the last 10 years at least. For that matter the last time I had guacamole was at Topolobambo in Chicago when it was served gratis with their corn chips...I certainly didn't order it.

            1. re: huiray

              but it doesn't 'sound like you put them on the HATE list, either....

              1. re: sunshine842

                Suppose I dismissed that list out of hand simply because I loved eggplant and expected all right-thinking people to do so as well? ;-)

                (p.s. I only tolerate eggplant in actuality)

        2. Eggplant should NEVER be boiled! I don't think I'd like it that way, either!

          I'm sure I would eat Spam if I were hungry enough, but I don't have fond memories of it.

          Then there are the "Big Three" on this list that are on my list of "Having Tried and Tried, will not be Eating Again." Tofu - for me it's not about the taste, it's all about the texture. Yuck. Black licorice. Just no. and I love fennel. Then there's the awful cottage cheese. Has always looked to me like a baby spit up on the plate. Can't do it.

          Otherwise, some of my favorite foods are on that $h!t list! Oh well.... different strokes for different folks!

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Tofu and texture...Tofu has as many different textures as eggs do depending on how they are prepared. Someone who doesn't know what they are doing with the stuff can traumatize you as it can seem slimy and flavorless...just like badly made eggs. For example, I can't eat a boiled egg (hard or soft) without wanting to gag, but l love eggs over easy, scrambled, and in omelets and souffles. Tofu can vary even more widely in texture than even eggs can. It can vary even more than eggs in flavor as well because it has very little flavor of it's own, taking on the taste of however you've marinated it (and you HAVE to marinade it!).

            1. re: StrandedYankee

              Agreed - except the marinating part. One doesn't *have* to do it - tofu by itself *does* have a taste, and there are various delicious [to me and many other folks :-) ] preparations of plain fresh tofu – e.g. hiyayakko, with the tofu cut into blocks/thick slices (often pressed, so they are denser), eaten as-is (chilled) with a few accompaniments – e.g. chopped scallions and shaved bonito with a light shoyu dipping sauce, or a splash of soy sauce maybe – or with any other of many different accompaniments. :-)

          2. I don't think anyone suggested that the Eggplant was boiled or that anyone has ever prepared it that way. There are very few things on that list that I won't eat, but Eggplant is one of them. It has all the appeal to me of eating a wet sponge. No flavor of its own, nasty pasty texture and devoid of any and all possible nutrients.

            We should consider how this "poll" was conducted -- via a TV station in Hawaii, through Facebook, the latter of which means that the only respondents are vapid narcissistic kids.

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            1. re: acgold7

              I was under the impression that more than vapid narcissistic kids post on Facebook and that lots of "adults" would respond to polls like this? In any case I don't see a mention of the respondents being limited to Hawai'i so one assumes that folks from all over responded and that there is a modicum of truth lurking in there somewhere... In either case I find it slightly shocking that the top foods supposedly hated by "many folks" are those common things on that "list" (and it makes me a little sad).

              The reported "comment" (if real) that caught my attention the most was for okra:
              "#5. Okra: The biggest problem people have with okra is "too slimy." The most interesting post said, "I don't like okra because I've never tried it." Wait, how does that work?"

              1. re: huiray

                >>>I don't see a mention of the respondents being limited to Hawai'i so one assumes that folks from all over responded <<<

                I dunno. I guess I wouldn't assume that. I can't think of any reason someone who isn't a viewer of that local station would even think to visit their TwitFace page, or that it would occur to anyone who isn't a viewer that they even had a page or to search for one.

                >>>I was under the impression that more than vapid narcissistic kids post on Facebook<<<

                You were sadly misinformed.


                1. re: acgold7

                  ">>>I was under the impression that more than vapid narcissistic kids post on Facebook<<<

                  You were sadly misinformed.

                  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news... "
                  Heh. Hmm, I suppose Tom Colicchio, Ina Garten, David Bouley, Lidia Bastianich, Hubert Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller, Gail Simmons, or Roy Yamaguchi (from Hawai‘i !!) etc etc etc [to name US-based food-related folks, since this is CH] are all "vapid narcissistic kids", then, since they all post on Facebook?

                  Perhaps you should break the news to them. :-)

                  1. re: huiray

                    They post for business reasons. Anyone who does it for fun and entertainment.... oh, just read the article.

                    Anyone can name exceptions to anything. Doesn't disprove the rule or the truth behind it. There are 845 million Facebook users. You just named nine of them, or one 100-millionth of them. I'll even stipulate that up to one one-thousandth of one percent are not kids, silly or vapid.

                    But I was mostly kidding.

                    1. re: acgold7

                      acgold7, are you on facebook?

                      1. re: RUK

                        I have a page but it is largely blank. I can't think of anything to put on it. I only set it up so as to be able to accept friend requests because it seems rude to me to reject them. I haven't visited it since I set it up.

                        1. re: acgold7

                          I have many friends who never, ever, ever post anything about themselves. That is very cool - my mother never has, but she likes to see status updates and pics from my sister or I and sometimes makes comments on those things. If you already have a page, definitely consider it as a useful tool in gathering much of the info you may want to have in one place. I am lazy and busy and very absent minded and to me, the news feed is really the best thing about it - and I hate to see people misunderstood about it. It really is one of those thing that is what you make of it - and there is a reason that so many famous people and business large and small have pages.

                          1. re: acgold7

                            acgold7, I thought as much.
                            Btw you can't accept anyone's request, if you haven't visited since you set it up. So you will still be rude.....one way or another.

                            1. re: RUK

                              What do you mean? They send a friend request and I click the "accept" button. Is there more to it than that?

                              1. re: acgold7

                                No, there is not. But you have to visit your page/home page in order to do that, no?

                                1. re: RUK

                                  No. You can do it right from the email they send you and then you get a page that says you are now friends. IIRC.

                                  In any event, if you have to visit the page to accept a request, I guess I've done that. But I certainly haven't read or, God forbid, written anything on it. I'm not egotistical enough to think that people care what I had for lunch... which seems to be all I get from other folks.

                                  Sorry to have dragged this thread so far OT. My initial comment, meant only party in jest, was to point out that we don't know the number or composition of the sample in the survey in question, and therefore the results are not projectable.

                        2. re: acgold7

                          "Anyone who does it for fun and entertainment.... oh, just read the article."
                          The nine people I named were but examples, hence the "etc etc etc" I placed in my sentence. I also limited my examples to food-centric folks. Perhaps both of that escaped your notice?

                          I did read the article before I first replied to you. Interesting, but it doesn't say enough and omits caveats about the demographics of the posters and the *extent* to which posters participate - for whatever reason - on Facebook. That last paragraph also doesn't tell me much about the actual character of folks who post. Your conclusion about this poll that "the only respondents are vapid narcissistic kids." seems to be an overreach to me.

                          The original article that your citation was drawing on (and which you did not refer to) contained a relevant paragraph in this regard:
                          "Vignoles said the correlational nature of the latest study meant it was difficult to be certain whether individual differences in narcissism led to certain patterns of Facebook behaviour, whether patterns of Facebook behaviour led to individual differences in narcissism, or a bit of both."

                          FWIW I happen to know adult users of Facebook (I myself don't use FB at the moment), including former adult work colleagues of mine. I know some of those adults post on FB "for fun and entertainment" ONLY. I'm not sure I would think of all of them as "vapid narcissistic kids" or even all of them as folks with *toxic* narcissicism, which the article claims is correlated to frequent use of FB. :-)

                          1. re: huiray

                            My rather private and as-far-from-vapid-as-you-can-imagine 65 year old mother who uses Facebook would beg to differ on the assertion that FB users must be narcissistic kids. Actually she probably though that, a bit, about it herself until she started using it. My own list of about 400 "friends" includes people from a very diverse range of races, marital statuses, sexual orientations, political parties, professional fields and levels of education, ages from 2-75, urbanites and farmers, etc., etc. We don't know "who" the results of this food poll were tallied from. Could be a group of respondents as diverse as my friends list or could be from 10,000 14 year olds. I would not work myself up into a lather, lamenting the poor state of eating habits across this country (over *this*). I mean, we are talking about a list that includes mayo, sour cream, and Spam, next to spinach, broccoli, and tofu.

                            I use Facebook for many reasons, but what I love about it most is that I have a continuous feed of all people, places, things that interest me. News organizations, bands and concert venues, publishers, museums and parks and zoos, retailers, and on and on. I no longer need to actively seek out the best deals at the stores I shop in, when my favorite bands are playing locally, fun things to do this weekend or many other neat things.

                            Bringing it around to food. I am a fan on Facebook of many food magazines and blogs I enjoy and via their status updates I frequently see recipes posted that I try. As well, there are many bakeries, specialty food retailers, and restaurants that I have enjoyed in the past or intend to try (but might otherwise forget about) and I simply click "Like" on their pages to receive updates from them ranging from an article about their chef in the paper or a change in menu or a special deal or a story describing 7 different parmigiano reggiano cheeses. And perhaps it is a little narcissistic, if you want to be negative, but sometimes I post an update about something I am baking or cooking, and sometimes I post pictures of the dishes I create. Friends have asked me for recipes, and as a good home cook, I LOVE giving out recipes - it makes me happy. I am equally happy when other friends share likewise.

                            I might tell someone who is misunderstood about Facebook, "try it, you might like it!" just as many of us do with restaurants, new foods, or recipes.

                            1. re: Justpaula

                              @Justpaula: Uh, are you replying to me (huiray) or to acgold7?

                              1. re: huiray

                                acgold7. I get that he was kind of kidding, but this was in response to his comment about respondents from a Facebook pool being vapid narcissistic kids.

                                I commented in wrong place. Sorry for the confusion.

                  2. Am I the only one who thinks those beets (#6) look an awful lot like radishes?

                    I admit to never having beef liver - although I like chicken liver - or Spam or buttermilk in a glass, but everything else is fine by me. Oh, wait. Anchovies are definitely in my ick list. I went through a period where I didn't care for onions or sour cream and never ate brussels sprouts until I met my husband when I was 30. They are a favorite now. I agree that hate is a pretty strong word, but I can definitely understand why people may not enjoy eating a bunch of things on this list.

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                    1. re: Justpaula

                      No, you are not the only one who thinks the "beets" look like/are radishes.

                      There was nothing on the list I wouldn't eat. I can agree that some things need to be prepared just right to be delicious, but everything there has the potential to be at least decent, and at best fantastic, to my taste.

                      1. re: Justpaula

                        You know, you're right, they could well be radishes. Wonder if the photo editor, not really knowing what beets look like in their natural state, simply saw the descriptor "neon" and just picked something that seemed close. All the beets I typically see in the market are more of a muddy brown on the outside when raw and unpeeled.

                      2. I just find it hard to believe that Spam was the number 8 most hated food in a poll taken by a TV station in HAWAII, of all places. They eat more Spam in Hawaii than anywhere else on earth!


                        And Spam Musubi totally rocks.

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                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                          "And Spam Musubi totally rocks." Amen!

                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                            I'm not sure where the report originated, but it was on a Hawaii news link. I also can't believe that spam would be on a hate list here. We love the stuff (well, a lot of us do)

                          2. I'm okay with almost everything on that list in the right preparation, except for liver. Fois gras/pate is good if done right, but beef liver makes my stomach churn.

                            Oh and tripe. Tried it once, will never make that mistake again.

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                            1. re: Bunson

                              i've had bothg beef liver and calves' liver and there is an enormous difference (calves' liver definitely being preferable, more tender, more palatable)...

                              1. re: betsydiver

                                When I was a kid, we used to go to the diner a lot. If it were on the menu, my Dad would order calves' liver. He would always make a point to say that he could never eat beef liver. Only calves' liver. I have never had either...but it makes a ton of sense that the two would be vastly different.

                            2. Glad to see lima beans on the list. Two thumbs down for them. I was once short some spackling compound for drywall taping. Took a can of lima beans, pureed them, mixed in a little milk and voila! Spackling compound. JK

                              1. This is a tough one, I was about to make some snooty quip about the respondents having un-sophisticated palets when I saw the picture of the beef liver and almost gagged myself. I do think that most things, when lovingly prepared, with the right tools and the in the proper method can be very tasty, or at least pretty good. I personally didn't grow up in a household where we ate liver, and I have not tried it as yet so I can't say for sure, but it might be salvageable. That is pretty much the only question mark for me, the rest could all be great.
                                I think this speaks to the fact that many people simply aren't adventurous with food. I can only imagine that many of the people who said yuck to brocoli might be sitting down to a meal of processed crap right now.

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                                1. re: delys77

                                  As I mentioned, most of these foods are right up my alley, but I hardly think enjoying foods like cottage cheese, lima beans, liver, and Spam are the mark of a sophisticated palate or an adventurous eater. Also, these just happen to be 25 foods most often selected by god knows how many responders to this poll. In fact, it is quite possible that each responder only hates one of these 25 foods and loves the rest - just like you. My two year old son loathes brussels sprouts but would eat lima beans by the pound. I am not sure what that says about his palate, but it is a broad, and yes, snooty generalization to assume that most folks who do not like broccoli must be sitting down with bags of Fritos right now instead.

                                  1. re: Justpaula

                                    Exactly. Everyone has their likes and dislikes and you can't judge a persons palate by them. What if a person who doesn't like beef liver loves foie gras? Or hates canned anchovies, but loves hakarl? The person who says yuck to broccoli could just as likely be sitting down to a meal including broccoli rabe.

                                    1. re: Justpaula

                                      You are quite right that it doesn't mean all the foods were disliked by all the respondents. My so position was likely incorrect.

                                    1. re: Chinon00

                                      Cold, salted buttermilk is delicious, and far more refreshing than you'd expect on a hot day.

                                      1. re: Chinon00

                                        I do! And it is great for marinating game. Even a tough cut of venison will come out tender after sitting overnight in Buttermilk.

                                        1. re: Chinon00

                                          Similar to a salted lassi, a great drink for hot weather is buttermilk mixed with water, salt & seasoned with mustard seeds, chopped green chillies & ginger.

                                          Recently discovered a Persian yogurt drink - Doogh or dough- yogurt mixed with salt, plain soda & dried mint leaves.

                                          1. re: Chinon00

                                            My sister does. I think buttermilk is disgusting. I can't understand why two foods I dearly love, butter and milk, can be combined to make something so awful.

                                            1. re: marcia

                                              I didn't know people drank buttermilk either until I saw that FBI agent on Boardwalk empire order a glass of it with his steak dinner.

                                          2. REALLY bad cooks if eggplant tastes like boiled boots AND take longer to chew. How can you get eggplant to be that chewy??? And, how do boiled boots taste?

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                                            1. I'm not fond of eggplant. Many of the others I rarely eat and almost never think of buying on my own, but I love spinach and tofu (and buy a lot of it, many different forms of it). However, the only things on that list I would not eat are black liquorice and buttermilk.

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                                              1. re: huiray

                                                Yeah, not a fan of the Black Licorice either.

                                                1. re: huiray

                                                  LOL. I was surprised by 90% of the things on that list. Are Americans _really_ so narrow minded about food?

                                                  Just about everything on the list are things that I enjoy either regularly, or at the very least, fairly frequently.

                                                  I think delys77 (a bit further up the thread) is right about Americans favoring processed crap more and more.
                                                  So sad.

                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                    I hate black licorice or anything that tastes like it (Ouzo, fennel, etc.).

                                                    1. re: southernitalian

                                                      Oh, same here. Don't even want to smell it.

                                                      My buying habits don't reflect it though. I often buy some sort of licorice for my Mom (she's Dutch), especially salted.

                                                      1. re: southernitalian

                                                        Same here on the licorice taste....just don't like it...

                                                    2. although I don't agree with this statement: "Daymn there must be some really really bad cooks out there when eggplant tastes like boiled boots" I for one, don't like eggplant [and I don't care how it's cooked].
                                                      spam, liked it very much the many times I ate it in Hawaii and elsewhere. don't hate it at all.
                                                      adore black licorice. have a 5 lb pound bag of good n plenty, love it. when husband and I drove through Bainbridge Island, the supermarket Central Market came into view. when I got to their bulk candy section, the sizes of black jelly beans alone, slayed me into little round black heaven.
                                                      our brother in law has always drunk buttermilk and always loved it. but then he's him and that splains it all.
                                                      let's see, my palette is fine, my appetite is adventurous and I like cottage cheese, pate, and lima beans. but tripe.........oh HAIL no!

                                                      1. Licorice? I love it in any shape or form.

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                                                        1. re: RUK

                                                          ruk, yeah! a black licorice lover...... :)

                                                        2. Hm. I agree with the anchovies, oysters, liver, spam, lima beans and okra. And I don't like canned tuna fish. It mystifies me that cauliflower isn't on that list - I consider it to be undead broccoli.

                                                          1. So strange - I wonder who was polled for this survey. I like most of what is on the list.

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                                                            1. re: libstewart

                                                              I don't think the poll - if it has validity [see side-discussion further up this thread ;-) ] - is a compilation of dislikes from one person, of course. Whoever the respondents were, it must be an aggregate synopsis - y'know, 1000 replies or however many there were, some folks may list just one or two dislikes, and the top 25 *in aggregate*/overall make the list. Just like what CHers right here on this thread post about. :-) I noted above that I would not eat black liquorice and buttermilk - so I would have said so if I had taken part in the survey...add that to the number of respondents who similarly disliked either or both of these two items...and...voilà!...you have "black liquorice" and "buttermilk" listed as amongst "America's 25 Most Hated Foods". :-D

                                                              1. re: libstewart

                                                                I don't like Spam (and I've tried Spam musubi) - much too salty - and black licorice is one of those a-very-little-goes-a-long-long-way things, but the rest of the list looks a lot like my standard shopping list. I wonder if a lot of the respondents only tried the canned or frozen varieties of the vegetables, or if they just are going on texture or appearance. Liver has a very strong taste, but soaking it for a few hours in milk tones that down. I find eggplant varies a lot with varieties - I like Japanese eggplant simply grilled, but the larger Italian varieties need more elaborate preparations. I'm spoiled when it comes to Brussels sprouts since we get them fresh from the farm, still on the stalk. My local farmers' market (only 7 more weeks til it's back!) has a guy who grows at least five different varieties of spinach and several kinds of beets, turnips and rutabagas and can talk at length on the differences and best uses of each. Okra's tricky to prepare without it turning into a mass of slime - Mr. Tardigrade's a Southerner who insists on fried okra a few times a year so he does a cornmeal-coated preparation that turns out crunchy.

                                                                As for mayonnaise - the commercial varieties are IMHO mostly moisteners. Real, from scratch, special occasion mayonnaise is a whole other creature altogether, more like a hollandaise made with olive oil instead of butter.

                                                                Now when it comes to revolting foods, I can't understand why anyone over the age of 2 would want to drink a tall, cold glass of milk.

                                                              2. There is only one that I agree with. The only way I can eat a beet without literally gagging is when it is pickled and shredded.

                                                                1. I find it interesting that most of the things on the list are vegetables...tho I can agree with the liver!

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                                                                  1. re: jenscats5

                                                                    And yet no one mentioned kale. Please spare me the "it is all in how you cook it." I've tried everything and it is still like green rubber in taste and texture.

                                                                    1. re: Just Visiting

                                                                      But it absolutely IS all in how you cook it. I make Portuguese kale soup all the time, and the kale ALWAYS turns out very tender.
                                                                      And quite delicious too. ;-)

                                                                      1. re: Just Visiting

                                                                        Maybe try some different varieties of it? Other people would know more about the different kinds, but I have noticed a difference. Kale chips are great - just make a limited amount as they're very filling. And it's great in soup. Lentil soup, my turkey soup (basically a kitchen sink soup), etc. I have a friend who puts baby kale in salads.

                                                                        1. re: Just Visiting

                                                                          No one mentioned kale because is far from common and most Americans don't know of it.

                                                                      2. Seriously? The list should be titled A Six Year Old's Most Hated Foods