America’s most hated food might need a second taste

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People are passionate about food. Getting a group to come to a single conclusion might be an exercise in herding cats. But, with America’s most hated food, the choice has many people in agreement.

Certain food topics can be polarizing. Options like pineapple on pizza or ketchup on a hot dog can cause a heated debate. The reality is that people can be set in their ways. While people might prefer chicken to beef or coffee to tea, some foods are more than just a preference. They are a hard “no” on the plate.

Recently, Instacart determined America’s most hated food. Although the late President Bush might have turned away broccoli on the table, the green vegetable did not top the list. But, the top three foods are choices that might have many people nodding in agreement.

The top three most hated foods are anchovies (50%*), black licorice (45%*), and oysters (41%*). Whether it is a gender issue, age demographic, or even a locale, the reality is that these items were unusually disliked by the majority.

Looking at the list, oysters might cause some people to question why. Although the texture might be an acquired taste, it is often considered an aphrodisiac food. The one time workers choice has now become a delicacy. Maybe someone had a bad dozen and was scared for life.

The anchovies might not be too far of a stretch. Although the idea of anchovies on pizza might make some people recoil, the ingredient is an easy way to bring a salty note to a recipe, like when it is used in traditional Caesar Salad. Sometimes overcoming that dislike happens by finding ways to better appreciate the food’s flavor.

Could America’s most hated food change next year? Of course, it can. Nothing is ever stagnant in the food world.

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