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(Mirror.co.uk)   New for this Christmas: 'sweet' Brussel sprouts, which trick the brain into thinking they are a treat   ( mirror.co.uk) divider line
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2013-12-04 07:47:56 PM  
OK So Amuse Me: Don't go farking with my Brussel Sprouts! They are just fine as they are!

at complete risk of being a farking weirdo: I clicked on your profile and I'm pretty sure I love you
2013-12-04 08:57:17 PM  

Nidiot: lindseyp: Also... without reading the thread... is there anyone else in here who has no idea what people are talking about when they say sprouts are 'bitter'?  (also broccoli).  they have never tasted bitter to me, even since I was a kid.  even 'under'cooked.

Once again it's down to genetics:

In the study, reported online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, small biopsies of papillae - the little bumps on the tongue that contain taste receptors - were taken from 18 people known to have the same moderate-taster (heterozygous) genotype for the TASR38 bitter taste receptor and the amount of mRNA expression for this genotype was measured.
Before the biopsy, people rated the intensity of various bitter and non-bitter solutions, including broccoli juice. Even though the subjects had the same 'middle-of-the road' genotype, their responses to some of the bitter substances varied over four orders of magnitude. Analyses revealed a direct relationship between mRNA expression and bitterness ratings of broccoli juice, with subjects having the most mRNA rating the juice as most bitter.


Short version: people have physical differences that mean some people really can taste things that other people really can't.

Which is why people should quit trying to tell someone else how a particular food is not as disgusting as they think it is, because their experience of it may truly not be the same as yours.

fark you, cilantro lover.
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