Once food dislikes lodge themselves in our brains, they can be difficult to dismiss. What foods have stayed on your hate list?
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A post at the Guardian examines a list of the most widely disliked foods in the UK, and comes to the conclusion that texture is the most significant factor. I wouldn't dispute that the slimy nature of snails, oysters and tripe helps explain their presence on the list, but not all food dislikes are based purely on mouth feel.
Personally, I can't stand prawns — both the texture and smell put me off. I'm OK with just about any other kind of seafood, but prawns are a no-go. Many people find this weird. At work events, where they appear with distressing regularity, I'll sometimes claim an allergy rather than explaining I dislike them. (Claiming to be a vegetarian would also be an option, but will become obviously untrue as soon as the first burger sliders appear.)
What food can't you stand? Tell us what turns off your taste buds in the comments.
Britain's most hated foods: texture trouble [The Guardian]