Top 10 Foods I Won’t Eat

Hearts-of-Palm-VegetableAt my family reunion last week, we ate well. Really well. Every meal involved at least 10 dishes cooked by a number of people. I was really impressed by the sheer variety of the food and peoples’ willingness to try new things.

That said, we have some picky eaters in the family, and at least one point in the week I said with a small amount of pride that I’m not a picky eater.

Then I started listing things I won’t eat. And I realized that it’s a much longer list than I thought.

So in no particular order, here’s my list of the top 10 things I won’t eat:

  1. Sauerkraut: Also known as “the devil’s skin,” even the smell of sauerkraut makes me gag a little. My parents made me eat it a few times when I was young, even though it almost made me throw up every time.
  2. Olives: On principle, I refuse to be in the same room as an olive. Olives belong in glass jars–never to be opened–on the shelves of Italian delis.
  3. American Cheese: If this even counts as cheese, why does any restaurant use this over a basic cheddar? It makes no sense.
  4. Fake Sugar: Aspartame, sucralose, and other fake sugars will give me a migraine within a few minutes after consuming them. No thanks.
  5. Nato: Here’s the first of two weird Japanese foods. Nato is a type of bean that the Japanese put in places where you would not expect a bean, like ice cream and pizza.
  6. Umeboshi: Here’s the other weird Japanese food. It’s some kind of a fruit, and it has a truly pungent taste that hurts my brain.
  7. Anchovies: Okay, I’ll be honest: I’ve never eaten an anchovy. Maybe they’re awesome. But it just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
  8. Cheetos: For some reason I enjoy Doritos but not Cheetos. I think it’s the cheesy residue that turns me off.
  9. Hearts of Palm: This food gives me the heebie jeebies. What is it? It seems like something you’d expect to find growing on an alien planet, all white and tubular and squishy. I don’t trust it, and I don’t want it.
  10. Liver: The smell of liver cooking is something I simply cannot handle, and the taste doesn’t help. The one exception is that I’ve found that I do like pate, which I think is comprised of liver.

I’m sure even the least picky eater out there has at least one food that makes your stomach turn. What is it for you?