"I Disliked It As A Child And Still Don't Trust It": Adults Are Sharing The Foods That They've Hated Since Childhood And, Now That They're All Grown Up, Still Can't Stand

    "I'm a pro cook. I know how to make this ingredient taste great for other people, but I just don't like it."

    Tastes change, and often as we get older, we start to enjoy things that we hated during childhood (for example, coffee or green veggies). But sometimes, food aversions can't simply be grown out of. So Redditor u/ohwowwhatfun asked, "Which food item do you continue to hate even as an adult?"

    1. "Rhubarb. I've come around to like a lot of ingredients I once disliked as a child, but I still don't trust rhubarb. That stuff does not belong in desserts."

    An unbaked strawberry rhubarb pie.

    2. "Eggplant. I'm sorry, but this vegetable has the texture of a dirty sponge."

    A plate of cooked eggplant

    3. "Cottage cheese. It looks and tastes as if someone chewed up cheese and then spit it out. ... And now I’m supposed to eat it?!?"

    A bowl of cottage cheese with berries.

    4. "Bleu cheese. I almost threw up from the smell of it alone when I was younger. I more recently tried it in a hamburger, but I immediately lost my appetite with the first bite."

    A gourmet burger with blue cheese

    5. "Mushrooms. I'm fascinated by them, but I won't eat them...unless they're magic. I'm a pro cook, and I've prepared mushrooms a thousand different ways. I know how to make them taste great for other people, but my taste buds simply don't like them."

    Sliced button mushrooms in a skillet.

    6. "Canned tuna fish. It's basically the socially acceptable way for humans to eat cat food."

    Opening a can of tuna fish.

    7. "Olives. I don't understand how people can actually enjoy the taste. They immediately overpower anything else you try to eat them with."

    Greek salad, including tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onions and feta cheese.

    8. "Liver. People have always told me that the reason I don't like liver is because I haven't yet tried one that was made correctly. So once I went to a fancy restaurant run by a famous chef and ordered a dish with liver just to find out if this claims was true. Turns out, nope. ... I just don't like liver."

    Liver pate on sliced baguette on plate.

    9. "Endives. Whether they're served raw in a salad or baked and loaded with cheese, it's all an abomination to food, IMO."

    A bowl of endive salad with slices of apple, walnuts, and blue cheese.

    10. "Lima beans. They still taste like pasty little pellets of chalk to me. No, Mom. I'm not eating them!!"

    A plate of paella with vegetables and lima beans.

    11. "I can't stand raw celery. I hate the taste and the smell, which I can sense in the back of my throat and in my nose. The stringy texture doesn't help either. Cooked in soups or stews I can tolerate it, but raw celery makes me feel ill."

    Raw celery sticks on a plate.

    12. "Beets. I was unprepared for how the beets you eat eventually leave your body. Truly, I thought I was dying."


    13. "Black licorice. I don't know how anyone under the age of 80 can enjoy this hell-spawn poison."

    A bunch of different assorted candies.

    14. "Oatmeal. Growing up, my parents (and pretty much every adult I knew) loved oatmeal, so I always figured it was just one of those foods I would grow to like as I got older. At the ripe age of almost 30, I can say with certainty: Oatmeal is still mushy, bland, and gross."

    A bowl of oatmeal

    15. "Avocado. I know this is a hugely unpopular food opinion, but I hate avocado. I don't even necessarily think it's gross; it just tastes like dirt to me and has a weird texture. I like guacamole, because it’s well seasoned and you can taste the other flavors like cilantro, lime, salt, pepper, and things I love. I've always been baffled by the avocado craze that has taken over the USA in the last decade: avocado on burgers, avocado toast, avocado ice cream. I don’t get it. I don’t like the taste of it and don’t understand why it belongs on top of everything."

    Avocado and a poached egg on toast.

    16. "Raw pepper. I love pretty much every single other vegetable, but raw pepper has always been my downfall. I'm not a huge fan of cooked pepper either, but I can tolerate them in dishes like fajitas or on pizza. But ever since childhood and now in adulthood, raw peppers still immediately ruin a perfectly good dish for me."

    A bowl of salad topped with peppers, edamame, corn, and cheese.

    17. "Tomatoes. I hate raw tomatoes. I eat salsa, ketchup, and tomato sauce, but I can't do tomatoes. I know, it's baffling to me as well."

    Sliced tomatoes on a cutting board

    18. "Water chestnuts. They're nasty, crunchy, soggy bites that taste like nothing but ruin whatever dish they're in. I don't know how people like them."

    Noodles and prawns with broccoli and water chestnuts.

    19. "Brussels sprouts. I am 54 years old, and I've tried Brussels sprouts cooked a dozen different ways. Nothing will ever cover up that bitter taste enough to make me like them. Growing up, my mom wouldn’t let me leave the dinner table until I finished them. I would protest and sit there for hours until she left the kitchen and I could sneak them into the trash."

    Roasted Brussels sprouts.

    20. "The fatty part of any meat, like on the edges of a steak. I can't do the chewy texture, and even when it's cooked until crispy, I can't stand the gamey taste."

    Chopped steak on a cutting board

    21. "Raisins. They're these wrinkly, tiny, creepy things. There's no worse feeling than accidentally eating an oatmeal raisin cookie thinking it's a chocolate chip cookie."

    Six oatmeal raisin cookies in a white plate.

    22. "Onions. When I was little, I loved onion rings...just not the onions inside the breading. I'd pull out the onions and eat only the crispy exterior. My parents would get upset with me, but what can I say? I didn't like onions then and still don't like them now."

    Chopped onion in a skillet.

    23. "Pickles. Weirdly enough, I like almost anything besides cucumbers in pickled form....just not pickles themselves."

    Remains of a meals of hamburger, french fries and pickle with fork.

    24. "Capers. What kind of person tried this foul tasting thing and thought it was a good idea to add to food?"

    25. "Marshmallows. I've always hated them, and I think I always will. There is no grosser junk food than Peeps. And I want so badly to like s'mores, but those dang marshmallows just ruin it for me."

    Three s'mores on a plate.

    26. "Cantaloupe and honeydew. I try both of these kinds of melon every few years in the hopes that I might finally enjoy them, but they’re always still gross."

    Slices of cantaloupe.

    27. "Black beans. I can sometimes get behind some other kinds of beans, like white bean soup or baked beans during the summertime with barbecue. But for the life of me, I can't bring myself to like black beans. They don't even have a strong flavor; I just can't stand them."

    Latin American food with a side of black beans.

    28. "Mayonnaise. I really cant stand it. I would say my disgust for mayonnaise borders on a real phobia of the stuff."

    An open-face BLT sandwich with mayonnaise.

    29. "Asparagus. It tastes like hot garbage to me. Grilled, steamed, or boiled, it's all terrible. It has this odd, woody taste to it, and the texture just doesn't sit right with me."

    Sliced steak with asparagus on the side.

    What's a food you've hated ever since childhood that you still don't enjoy as an adult? Or is there a food you've actually grown up to like? Tell us in the comments!