Why don't we like vegetables?

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    If vegetables are so good for you, why don’t we like them more? I understand craving sugar over vegetables. But why are some people just flat out repulsed by vegetables?
    I suspect it has something to do with your body’s chemical composition and possibly the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut but I’m wondering if anyone has some solid info on this?


    processed foods = addictive .. that’s the best i got. 🙂


    I think it’s a learned thing to dislike vegetables. If you’re exposed to them enough as a kid, you’ll like them. My background is Hindu and I come from a caste that practices vegetarianism, so from a very early age I ate all kinds of vegetables and found almost all of them to be delicious. Sure, I complained and asked for fast food every now and then, what child doesn’t? But I still grew up loving broccoli, cauliflower, okra, brussel sprouts, cucumber… you name it! But not eggplant, eggplant I will not abide. 😉

    But I also agree with what Shirlee said about processed foods being addictive. Processed food companies develop their products in a very methodical way, they research what flavours people crave, they research the best ways to combine these flavours, then they find ways to fine tune their products so that they light up the pleasure-seeking centres of our brains. Processed food IS addictive, it’s developed to be so on purpose, and many companies who make this stuff really don’t care if their food is ultimately detrimental to our health and well-being.


    Our taste buds can change over time.

    If we are brought up on more sweeter foods like fruit, sweets, cakes etc then we will find that vegetables have a less sweet, and sometimes more bitter taste. Kids in particular are sensitive this this – in fact, most kids are hyper sensitive to taste and find many vegetables (particularly the green ones) too bitter.

    Research has shown that if you expose someone to a new taste 10 times then they will learn to accept it. So for example if you dislike broccoli, try a little bit every now and then. After 10 tastes, you should accept it.

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