Foods we hate

By Caroline Klapper | Mar 11, 2013
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I have an odd “tic” when it comes to some foods.

It comes to the surface when someone offers me an oatmeal raisin cookie, or perhaps potato salad with pickles in it. It’s not that I don’t like raisins or pickles. I love them both, but I do not love them in anything.

With raisins, I think it’s more of a texture thing. I don’t like eating a cookie and getting a mouthful of raisin, and the same goes for bread and other perfectly good foods people want to dump raisins in for some reason.

The one exception is cereal. Bran flakes are gross, but bran flakes with raisins are crunchy and sweet.

And while I love the taste of pickles, that sour flavor is too strong for me when pickles are included in other foods. If I want to taste pickle, I will eat a pickle, but when I’m chowing down on a juicy hamburger, I want to taste the burger, not the little pickle slice that’s hiding between the patty and the bun.

This eating oddity of mine sometimes works in reverse when it comes to nuts.

I really dislike eating any kind of nut by itself. Peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews — it really doesn’t matter, the answer is always, “No.” I don’t enjoy mixed nuts or a nice trail mix because, here’s a shocker, it has nuts in it.

However, put those nuts in a candy bar, cover it in chocolate or put it in a pie, and I’m all about it. The one exception is with baked goods like brownies or cake. These are nut-free zones for me, I’m afraid.

Of course, there are foods I hate outright with or without the influence of other foods.

My No. 1 food nemesis? Bell peppers.

First of all, gross (I know, I’m so eloquent). They smell nasty, taste nasty, and as if that weren’t bad enough, they taint everything with which they come into contact. They are the bad apple of the vegetable world. Actually, I think technically bell peppers are a fruit, so they are liars, too.

I don’t think I’d hate bell peppers so much if they weren’t included in every vegetable-related dish ever.

Stir-fry, veggie pizza, salads, any vegetarian dish you might ever contemplate having, and anything else they can ruin, and they will show up. Oh yes, they will be there.

About the only thing they have going for them is looks. They do come in a colorful assortment of beautiful, bright greens, reds, yellows and oranges, but as we all know, looks are only skin deep. And beneath that skin? Ugh, disgusting.

Naturally, there are people who love bell peppers and will defend them against my hate-filled rage, but then there are foods I love that I truly cannot understand the dislike others have for them.

I’ve heard people talk about their distain for bananas, cucumbers, tomatoes, sushi, seafood, spicy foods, milk, peas, carrots, lettuce, and I’ve even known a few people who don’t like chocolate (sacrilege!).

Whatever your love-hate relationship is with food, people get very passionate about what they eat, and it’s a fun conversation to have. So what’s on your menu?

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