"Oh come on," people have said. "They won't kill you. They're good for you."
And I tried. Oh have I tried to eat those green things. I remember once in high school I was trying to follow this diet where you could lose 10 lbs in 7 days or something ridiculous like that and it said you had to eat 1 cup of green beans with dinner and it was all about foods being digested together and how your body reacted to them that made you lose the weight, so I was determined to eat these green beans. Only I couldn't stomach them. I cut them up into tiny pieces and swallowed them like pills so I wouldn't have to taste them.
As I've gotten older, I've gotten better about things. I'll eat salads now and occasionally broccoli if it's in a casserole and it's a small enough bite. I'll eat carrots - though again only in casseroles - and on a rare night, I'll eat beans if their taste is hidden with enough beef. Peas will go down if paired with corn or smothered in mashed potatoes.
So...you get the point.
Well, what if I did all this not because I just "didn't want to" but because I'm a supertaster?
I discovered this term while watching Freaky Eaters a few weeks ago and it got me thinking.
So I researched it and took an online test - which admittedly isn't conclusive, but it's a start. According to this test, I'm a supertaster.
- Perceive all tastes more intensely, particularly bitter tastes
- Tend to be fussy about food and have strong food likes and dislikes
- Usually don't like coffee, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and spinach
- Have lots of papillae, the tiny bumps on the tongue that contain taste buds
- Around 25% of people are said to be supertasters
This also explains why I don't like to eat anything "hot". If I eat hot salsa, my lips and tongue feel like they're going to burn off and it's very hard to get the taste, or sensation, to go away.
Apparently, super-tastiness, is inherited. It's genetic and has nothing to do with a person's personality or unwillingness to try new foods.
So, the next time we eat together, please don't comment on the lack of variety - or green - on my plate. Thanks!