It's no secret that a person's palate evolves as they age. In many cases, men and women reveal the foods they enjoy as adults bear no relation to what they ate as children. Recently, these people met in an online discussion to reveal all the foods they absolutely hated as kids but grew to love as they got older.
Count me as one of the countless people who professed to be disgusted by spinach as a kid. Something about its slippery texture turned off millions of kids – and somehow, spinach's nutritional benefits, frequently told to us by our parents, weren't enough to get us to eat it. Thankfully, as we got older, we realized that a little bit of garlic goes a long way toward making spinach delicious.
My heart aches for this poor person who was subjected to poor lasagna as a kid! "My mom made it with cottage cheese and raw mushroom slices that came out like Styrofoam," one woman remembers. "It was nasty. I didn't have it done right until I was an adult." I hope the mother responsible for this travesty has been shown the error of her ways.
Many people confess to hating raw seafood growing up, explicitly citing sushi as a dish they didn't enjoy until they reached a certain age. Count me in as one of the countless kids who thought "raw fish" meant "living, breathing, squirming whole fish!" It sounds unbelievable, but it's true. What can I say? I was a silly child. Luckily, when we became adults, we learned an important lesson: sushi is delicious.
Ask any kid their opinion on onions, and you'll get a near-unanimous response somewhere along the lines of, "Onions suck." As it turns out, onions were just another vegetable that parents added to dishes without preparing it correctly, and its slimy texture was offputting to many children. Later in life, adults profess to love onions, as their versatility makes them a delicious addition to many dishes.
5. Brussels Sprouts
There were many green vegetables that children didn't enjoy eating, but thanks to changes in the veggie and evolving ways of preparing them, Brussels sprouts are now a delicacy. "When I was growing up, most vegetables were boiled within an inch of their lives," explains one man. "Plus, new varieties that are less bitter have been introduced. Now, my favorites are roasted or grilled Brussels sprouts with olive oil and balsamic or garlic. If you had told me that when I was 20, I would have called you crazy."
When you're a kid, mushrooms are the food you consistently refuse to eat. Maybe it's because they don't taste especially good, maybe it's because they were often slimy, and maybe because our parents demanded we eat them. Whatever the reasons, adults don't share the same negative sentiment toward mushrooms as they did when they were younger!
7. Raw Tomatoes
Childhood memories sometimes make it difficult to confess to your family that your tastes have changed. "I hated them so much in sandwiches, now I put them in all my sandwiches," admits one woman. "Funny thing is, my family still thinks I hate them, so whenever we have a cookout or something, they always give me burgers without tomatoes. I'm kinda shy to admit to them about my newfound love." I'm glad this woman finally came around to the tastiness of tomatoes!
Like spinach and Brussels sprouts, broccoli is presented to kids as plain as can be: boiled and devoid of flavor. Although proper seasoning can go a long way, many adults confess to enjoying broccoli when they get older, citing the nutritional benefits that can't be overlooked.
The sharp, polarizing taste of mustard is too much flavor for the undeveloped palates of many kids, but the sometimes-spicy condiment has grown on people as they age. "Mustard repulsed me in my younger days," reveals one man. "I couldn't get it far enough away from me. Then, one night, I watched a coworker eating a chicken breast that she had just dipped in plain old yellow mustard. For some reason, it looked good. Well, now I can't get enough. All varieties, all the time."
Many people blame their childhood hatred of beets on their parents. One woman goes as far as to call the canned beets her mom served her growing up "straight-up nasty!" Thankfully, savvy adults know that beets are one of the most versatile foods available, as they can be incorporated into numerous delicious dishes that will make any person forget about unappetizing childhood beets.
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