Some foods really get people fired up, pushing them firmly into the love or hate camp. It’s surprising how often it’s the texture, not the taste, that turns someone off. Whether you’re a fan or can’t stand them, chances are your feelings are pretty strong. Here’s our curated list of some of the biggest offenders.

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Mushrooms. Photo credit: Pexels.

Earthy and umami or slimy and tasteless? Mushroom lovers can’t get enough of their savory depth, while haters focus on their texture and sometimes muddy flavor.


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The strong, sweet, and slightly bitter taste of licorice is a flavor adventure. Fans love its unique anise-like taste, while detractors can’t get past the overpowering flavor that lingers.


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Olives are a tale of two tastes: briny and rich, or overly salty and bitter to some. Olive enthusiasts rave about their savory depth, while critics can’t shake off the intense saltiness.


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It’s all in the genes for cilantro. Some savor its fresh, lemony zest, while others taste soap due to a specific genetic trait. Love it in your tacos or banish it from your plate!


Mayonnaise. Photo credit: YayImages.

Creamy dream or gloopy nightmare? Mayo fans love its smooth texture and versatility in dishes, while opponents detest its heavy, sometimes overpowering richness.


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Tiny fish, huge flavor divide. Anchovy aficionados appreciate the salty, umami kick they add to dishes, whereas the anti-anchovy crowd can’t get past the strong fishy taste.


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Crunchy and tangy or just plain sour? Pickle lovers relish the sharp vinegar bite, while those on the other side find the brine too aggressive for their palate.


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Raisins: nature’s polarizing snack. They’re either little bursts of sunshine in your palm or wrinkly reminders of grapes that could have been.

White Chocolate

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Creamy and sweet or just too sugary? Fans of white chocolate enjoy its rich, milky taste, while critics argue it lacks the depth of real chocolate.


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Tropical treat or textural turnoff? Coconut lovers praise its sweet, nutty flavor and versatility, but detractors dislike the chewy texture and sometimes overpowering taste.

Candy Corn

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A Halloween classic that splits the room. Its sweet, waxy texture charms some, while others criticize it for being too sugary and artificial-tasting.


Matcha. Photo credit: xoxoBells.

Vibrant and earthy or bitterly grassy? Matcha enthusiasts love its complex, smooth flavor and health benefits, while others can’t get past its potent, sometimes bitter taste.


Oysters on ice with a glass of champagne.
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Oysters split the room faster than a dropped fork. To some, they’re a dive into ocean bliss begging for hot sauce and mignonette to others, a slimy gross mess.

Don’t Fear The Fuzz: Moldy Foods You Can Actually Eat

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Ever stumbled upon a furry surprise on your bread or cheese and immediately thought it belonged in the bin? Well, hold up before you toss it. Not every mold encounter means your food is a goner. We’ll sift through the myths and truths about moldy foods, pointing out which ones are safe to consume and which ones you should definitely throw away.

Read it Here: Don’t Fear The Fuzz: Moldy Foods You Can Actually Eat

We Stuffed Our Faces to Rank The 10 Best Fast Food Sandwich Chains

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Who doesn’t love a good fast food sandwich? From crispy chicken to loaded subs, the options are endless. But with so many places to choose from, where do you even start? We’ve munched our way through the menu madness to bring you the ultimate ranking of the top 10 best fast food sandwich chains.

Read it Here: We Stuffed Our Faces to Rank The 10 Best Fast Food Sandwich Chains

Foods You Should Eat According To Your Zodiac Sign

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Ever wondered if your zodiac sign could guide your dinner choices? Well, you’re in luck because we’re diving into the world of astrology to match each sign with the perfect meal. From fiery Aries craving something spicy to comfort-loving Cancers seeking out home-cooked warmth, we’ve got a dish recommendation for every sign.

See Them Here: Foods You Should Eat According To Your Zodiac Sign

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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