Certain foods leave us with a really strong opinion, and remarkably, it’s usually the same food that another person will just as strongly disagree with us about. Every now and then, there’s a clear explanation for how the same thing can evoke such different reactions in people. But it usually just comes down to a sensory experience that’s strong enough to either win your heart, or send you running for the hills.
Love them or hate them, there’s just no right or wrong with these foods.
A sacred sauce, or a waste of taste? Even people who sing its praises usually won’t take a spoonful on its own – although those few are out there. You’ve been warned.
2. Pineapples on Pizza
“It’s perfect,” say some. “Just don’t,” say others. Combining sweet with savory isn’t a rare concept. But pizza is sacred, and plenty of people consider it sacrilege to add pineapple. While it can be weird to think about mixing pineapple with cheese, it doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes bad.
Bug food is not just for the brave. If you didn’t already know, insects are quite a popular food. They’re loved in parts of virtually every continent, and their consumption is on the rise due to worldwide resource crises. Rich in essential nutrients, many places are developing new insect-based foods, like flour.
4. Blue Cheese
If you’ve never tasted it, you’ve smelled it. Blue cheese has an aroma considered unfriendly by many, and for good reason: it comes from the copious amounts of ripe mold growing inside of it. However, it’s important to remember that all cheese is mold – just some less stinky than others. You may have noticed that more adults like blue cheese than kids. This may be because taste buds quickly die and are replaced by the body, but with age, we reproduce less – making adults prone to stronger flavors.
There are those who refuse to cook without mushrooms, and those who are terrified of them. No, really – mushrooms have a whole phobia, called mycophobia. Phobias may be irrational, but the fact that fungi are a life form unique from plants and animals can bewilder even rational folks. Nonetheless, to many, they are just delicious.