Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Why do people dislike the taste of Brussels sprouts?

Answer

If you are a supertaster (about 25% of the population), your brain is wired to dislike the taste of some vegetables, like Brussels sprouts and cabbage, because they naturally contain bitter compounds. When overcooked to a mushy consistency, the dense structure of Brussels sprouts naturally releases the bitter, sulfur-type compounds. Various spices, including salt and sugar, can minimize the bitterness. Look for Brussels sprouts recipes that include dried fruit (sweet), for example, that helps reduce bitterness. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

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