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I love food but I am no foodie. Food is here to sustain survival or to fill your feelings because you're unloved, I jest. I clearly have a complicated affair with the munchies. Who doesn't? And all of that drama begins at birth.

Think of it... before we can express ourselves properly we're being force-fed food we may loathe. So when we're kids, meals can be traumatizing. Some ingredients just do not mesh with your body chemicals. And that's ok. So parents stop force-feeding the gross.

Now as we age our palette refines and grows. So some of the food we hated we can learn to love or appreciate. But it takes time.

Redditor u/y_kama wanted to chat about the menu, so they asked:

What did you dislike to eat as a child, but now do you adore?

Liver. I will not ever eat liver. I had to say that. But I use to hate spices, any spices, even pepper, now I adore them. In fact the bland I was in love with makes me sad.

Bad Parents

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"Most foods as prepared by my parents."

- BjOaNmEzR

"I didn't appreciate my traditional dishes until I moved to America where my friends would beg me for portions of my meals."

- Penny5Dime25

I prefer Manicotti...

"I refused to eat lasagna as a kid because it looked gross. Then at a school camp there was nothing else on offer so I tried it and realised it's delicious and I was a freaking moron."

- TheMightyGoatMan

"Thank you sir, I thought I was the only freak disgusted by the look of lasagna as a kid. I pretty much went through the same process. I was sleeping over a friends house and his mom made lasagna for dinner. Would be kinda awkward to say I'm grossed out just looking at your mom's food. Had to chomp it up. Boy does that sh*t smack though."

- FoxyDrew

Be Brave on Fridays

"My parents would have pizza every Friday night, but I would always go to the restaurant next door and had a burger. I always forced my brother to go with me otherwise I wouldn't be able to go to another place. I remember being brave one day and trying pizza and it was just kind of okay. Now I love pizza."

- hashtagredlipstick


"I clearly remember my dad trying to get me to try fudge at my grandpa's birthday party and definitely thinking grown ups were NOT going to trick me into eating that. I don't recall when I figured out it's just chocolate with extra sugar added... I just remember the giant gross looking dessert on the buffet table."

- insertcleverthought

"I liked fudge somewhat when I was a kid, now I can't stand it. Waaaaaaaay too sweet for adult me."

- Wowtuck

Because of farts...

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"Beans. I only ate two beans through my whole life by the age of 10-11. Now I love them in burritos and stuff."

- Suspicious-Tax-1387

I kind of like beans. Not all beans, but most. Beans are also super healthy. And what psycho hates fudge?

Hot Hot Hot!

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"Spicy food. Now I love it."

- Away-Historian-5377

"Same here! For me, it probably wasn't until I was in my 20s or 30s when I started to really like heat."

- retiretobedlam

Sub Capers


- Totallycasual

"Give me all the Kalamatas. I hated olives as a kid. Maybe because we only had the canned black ones at home. Then I tried some food with real olives and it blew my mind. And capers. I'll eat a spoonful of capers as a snack. I never salted my food when I was single. My now wife is a mad woman in the kitchen and should me how spices and salt can make things 100x better."

- tanarchy7

The Looms

"Tomatoes - now I've got 8 different heirloom varieties in my garden."

- kirkl3s

"I'm so surprised this isn't a more popular answer, tomatoes are one of the things where I just woke up one day and I was like "oh wait, maybe a slice of tomato on a burger would be amazing?!" It's one of the more fun things about getting older."

- EmmyCrossingx

Getting Peppy

"Bell peppers. I didn't like them but I got one little piece of one in my sub sandwich once and didn't notice until I bit into it. I put them on almost everything now."

- grimcheesers

"I absolutely loathed bell peppers until I accidentally ordered something absolutely loaded with them at a Vietnamese restaurant with my labmates. I tried it out of a sense of shame or obligation, and was shocked to discover that it was basically candy in vegetable form. I have no clue what my mother does to bell peppers in order to convert them into butter, inedible pellets, but I now eat them regularly."

- jrhoffa

Fresh Please

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"Asparagus. My dad used to insist on canned vegetables for some ungodly reason and canned asparagus is rancid. However, as an adult, I was introduced to fresh asparagus and I absolutely love it."

- Keri2816

I could live off of asparagus. At ten I would've thrown out of a window. See how you grow.

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