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4/30/11 10:24 P

I don't know, I think people just don't necessarily see them the same way. Personally, I have ALWAYS liked vegetables and LOVED fruit, even as a fat kid.

WISHABONE Posts: 691
4/30/11 9:07 P

I have to admit that I forget how great veggies taste sometimes. Especially fresh ones.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,806
4/30/11 6:18 P

Maybe he has a bad memory that he associates with vegetables? Perhaps his parent made a vegetable platter and he ate it and got the stomach flu shortly after?

Seventeen years ago I had a medical test where they sprayed this disgusting flavored medicine in the back of my throat. It was banana flavored. To this day I cannot eat bananas and sometimes gag when I smell them.

PS. love veggies and meat, too.

GRACEISENUF Posts: 12,803
4/30/11 6:10 P

I love them but I do know people who don't like them and they sure don't blame their parents. Everybody is different.

Edited by: GRACEISENUF at: 4/30/2011 (18:12)
4/30/11 5:55 P

He hates veggies for the same reasons you hate meat. We just have different likes and dislikes. Seems like a lot of it boils down to texture. I used to hate veggies (except for the starchy ones I grew up on), but now I like most of them - and especially the ones that have some "crunch".

REKMOM Posts: 1,086
4/30/11 4:45 P

Not me, I love veggies.

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4/30/11 4:30 P

I think that poeple aren't introduced to veggies as children and so the lesson they learn is to not like them, not to like them. I try to introduce my kids to all veggies, they don't have to eat a lot, they just need to try it. Sometimes they find that they like something that they didn't think they would like and sometimes they don't. But how do they know if they don't try!?! Fruit is the same thing, you never know if you don't try...even as an adult there are definitely foods that I like better than others, but there are a lot of fruits and veggies that I like! My kids will too... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/30/11 4:20 P


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4/30/11 4:11 P


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4/30/11 4:09 P

Growing up I didn't eat veggies because my family didn't cook them. I began to experiement with veggies in my early 20s and to my surprise, I love them!

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4/30/11 3:56 P

I think part of the problem is that so many people have never had the pleasure of eating truly FRESH vegetables, straight from the garden! A tomato from the grocery can't begin to hold a candle to one right off the vine (and I'm not talking about one of those genetically altered varieties, but a good, old-fashioned Heirloom kind of tomato!). I am far more likely to enjoy a vegetable when it's fresh from the garden!

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4/30/11 3:45 P

These days, I loooooove my veggies ! Not when I was young. When I was a kid, I was really picky.

Mind you, if there was a veggie on the plate that I didn't like. I didn't have much of a choice. I had to eat it. In my family, you were told to be grateful for what was there because you weren't getting something else.

Anyway, I have a co-worker who will only eat a veggie if it's been chopped up into teeny tiny bits and cooked til it's soggy. One day, I was looking at his lunch and asked what the "green" stuff was. He said,"broccoli". I replied, "not anymore, it's not!" LOL !!!

I prefer my veggies al dente !

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4/30/11 3:21 P


MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
4/30/11 3:02 P

Maybe it drilled in to them growing up to eat them. For my daughter, the rule was eat what I make or go hungry - I ain't making 2 different meals.

KEELYME Posts: 1,162
4/30/11 2:56 P

I just think that people aren't really exposed to a wide range of them growing up. For me, I grew up on spinach, string beans, brussels sprouts and peas. As an adult, I've really pushed myself to try things like eggplant, beets, squash, pumpkin, fresh mushrooms etc., most of which I've found that I really enjoy.

I'm also kind of picky. I'm not really a green salad kind of person unless it has something like beans, nuts, chicken, or some other protein in it. I love brussels sprouts, but only like the frozen ones cooked in a microwave. I hate cooked carrots. I dislike raw or frozen broccoli, I won't eat peas by themselves. With the exception of sweet corn I don't liked canned vegetables of any kind, etc..

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4/30/11 2:53 P

I can always remember liking fruits and vegetables. The only one I finally developed a taste for as an adult is asparagus, whick i love now, but it has to be fresh; not canned.

2BEATIT1 Posts: 3,162
4/30/11 2:11 P

I think in many instances, parents gave in to their children when they rebelled to veggies instead of making them try A LITTLE bit. Many parents have done their kids a disservice because of this.
Also if veggies are overcooked, they are terrible in taste (or lack of taste). If cooked very little, it helps with the crunch to go and still give the nutritional value we need.

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4/30/11 1:55 P

I was raised on veggies. My mom grew a big veggie garden every year. I love vegtables!

STACIEH40 Posts: 462
4/30/11 1:51 P

There were a lot of veggies I didn't like as a kid/teen/young adult that I like now like broccoli, carrots, green beans, asparagus, bell peppers. I hated them when I was a kid. Love them now. I know taste buds change as you get older. Maybe there is hope for your relative yet!

4/30/11 12:12 P

Hi Eowyn! I too have often wondered how people can hate veggies. As a veggie lover, I have trouble comprehending it!

I'm sure a big part of it is personal preference and upbringing. If you don't enjoy certain food textures (like the "crunch" you mentioned), or you didn't eat a lot of vegetables growing up, it can be hard to "get into" eating them later. I think it's possible to accustom yourself to foods you don't naturally like, but it takes time and effort.

I think another reason some people don't like veggies has to do with socialization. In many societies, eating meat is glorified while liking vegetables is stigmatized. We are told that meat is nutritious, the centerpiece of every meal. You'll die if you don't eat meat! Furthermore, it's ~cool~ to eat meat - especially if you're male. To eat meat is to be manly, tough, strong.

There was a Friday's ad a couple years ago that typified this attitude: in it, three guys are sitting around a table, and one after another spear a piece of flesh, hold it up triumphantly, and yell things like "BEEF!" "PORK!" or "CHICKEN!". Then the last friend spears a piece of broccoli, holds it up, and says in a quavering, silly voice, "Broccoli side dish!" For a moment, his friends stare at him like he's sprouted a third eye. Quickly - to recover his manhood - the man stabs his fork into the meat on his plate and roars "BEEF!' his friends make congratulatory, accepting noises, and then the ad ends.

You can see this same sort of attitude in the Sam Neill red meat ads - except there, the advertisers aren't saying eating meat is "manly," they're saying that eating it is "natural."

Anywho, that just my two cents on why some people seem to dislike vegetables. Sorry to go on so long! As a vegan, I often am forced to defend my non-carnivorous ways, so I've had a lot of time to think about how meat-eating is represented in this an other cultures. :P


PUNKYB830 Posts: 5,291
4/30/11 6:08 A

Well I don't hate veggies just raw ones. For me it is a sensory issue kind of like running ones nails down a chalk board. It sends my whole body into a cringe and actually makes me feel physically ill. I know it sounds crazy but is very true. Also I have some dental issues so that doesn't help. Sensory also causes me to get very ill around most perfumes, store laundry isle,many air fresheners etc. Those symptoms are actual food posioning and flu like symptoms.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
4/30/11 6:01 A

I have a cousin who never eats veggies because of the 'crunch', as he puts it. He's already 20, but he has never had any veggies all his life. And the only fruit he'll take is watermelon, needless to say, he always suffers from constipation.

I've loved veggies all my life, it's meat I have a problem with, especially fatty meat!

So, are they any veggie haters out there?
And why do you hate eating veggies?

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