Food & Nutrition

13 Foods Everyone Either Loves or Hates

The endless debate: Does cilantro taste like soap?


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Soap, dirt, and metal shavings are just a few tastes some people have when they eat cilantro. People either love it and use it to top everything from tacos to chili, or they avoid it like the plague. There’s a scientific reason you either love or hate this herb—and it depends on heritage. According to a survey from 23andMe, cilantro haters share a common genetic variation found in people with European ancestry. Likewise, another study from 23andMe found that environment plays a big part in whether or not you like cilantro—fewer South Asians, Hispanics, and Middle Easterners disliked the herb.

Hawaiian pizza

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There’s a lot of love and hate for pineapple on pizza. Those pizza-eaters who like pineapple on their pizza appreciate the combination of sweet and savory, while the haters prefer traditional ‘za. Some haters go as far as to say people who like this topping are equivalent to Hitler. But some people claim those who find pineapple on pizza gross have simply never actually tried it themselves.

Black licorice

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Loving or hating black licorice likely comes down to the senses of taste and smell, according to Marcia Pelchat, an associate member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit center that researches taste and smell. The combination of anethole, which smells like fennel or anise, and glycyrrhizin, which tastes like an artificial sweetener, is the key to your love or hate of black licorice, NBC News reports.

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