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Mar 22, 2012 10:54 AM

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.

                  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 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.