Children are expected to say things like, “I don’t eat eggs, ever.” Or “Liver? Gross!” However, when adults do it, they better have a severe allergy or a convincing health, political, or environmental argument to back it up. Not liking a food, no matter how it’s prepared, is for stubborn kids. On a first date, it tells your companion that you’re unadventurous and unhealthy because your diet rarely strays far from the beaten path. Many of the most hated foods, like spinach and fish, are actually packed with vitamins and protein.
But when you hear “spinach,” you might think of the steamed homogenous stuff that comes in a can. When you hear “fish,” you probably imagine the whole thing, roasted or fried and set in front of you, its still-intact eyes staring at your own.
Most of us developed these food phobias during childhood, but it’s never too late to get over them. In fact, foods many people hated as children not only provide essential nutrients for adult bodies, but they house a potpourri of savors, tangs, and zests. Here are the most common “ick” foods that are actually incredibly good for you—and tasty.
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