I hated avocados growing up, now I eat them all the time
Written by Peter Nicieja on October 15, 2020
Growing up, I hated eating anything green. Like most other kids, I’d eat the unhealthy stuff and leave the healthy food on the plate. While I wasn’t a fan of broccoli and spinach, I despised avocado.
Something about their texture just threw me off. They’re awkwardly smooth and often times too mushy. I’d see my parents eat them straight with a spoon and immediately run away in disgust.
I went through a period of about 7 years avoiding avocado at every chance that I got. Then, not too long ago, I was convinced by my mother to take a bite. Expecting to spit it out within seconds, I was surprised to find out that the flavor was quite good… I’d even call it delicious.
Now, I eat avocados nearly every day.
I was blown away. How did I once hate the food that now I consider one of my all time favorites? Guacamole, on a burger, inside a taco, or just plain, I now eat avocados in all forms. Am I okay that “Guac” is extra? Damn right I am.
So, what happened? This is because my taste buds changed, right?
Well, not really. What happened with me and my taste for avocados is something that happens often. It’s not because our taste buds change, but because we get exposed to more foods. I must’ve eaten enough food that’s similar to avocado, or some avocado sneaked its way into my body here and there. Regardless, now I love it.
This change isn’t unique to me. A survey of 2,000 Americans found the ten most common foods kids hate but adults like, and to no surprise, avocados were on the list.
1. Asparagus. 31% of people hated it as a kid, but like it now.
2. Brussels sprouts, 30%.
3. Broccoli, 27%.
4. Spinach, 21%.
5. Green beans, 19%.
6. Fish, 19%.
7. Avocados, 18%.
8. Eggs, 15%.
9. Greek yogurt, 14%.
10. Bacon. Around 1 in 8 people said they hated it as kids, but not anymore.
So, if you’ve been avoiding a food because of your childhood trauma with it, give it another shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.