Ever stumbled upon a food that made you pinch your nose but then surprised you with its amazing flavor? It’s a weird phenomenon, but it’s true for quite a few dishes around the world. In this list, we explore 11 foods notorious for their off-putting smells yet beloved for their incredible tastes.

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Sauerkraut. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Sauerkraut might have that in-your-face, sour and fermented smell that can clear a room. But pair it with a bratwurst or in a Reuben, and its tangy, crunchy goodness totally transforms a meal.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts: infamous for their, let’s say, ‘distinctive’ smell when cooked (thank you, sulfur compounds!). But roast these little guys to perfection, and their crispy, slightly sweet taste will make you forget all about the funk. Wrap them in bacon first and they’re even more irresistible.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Ever peeled a hard-boiled egg and got a whiff of that sulfurous, kind of eggy smell? Yeah, not great. But bite into one, especially with a dash of salt, and it’s like creamy, protein-packed heaven.


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Durian, the ‘king of fruits’, smells… well, let’s be real, kind of like old gym socks. But brave the aroma, and you’re rewarded with a custard-like, sweet and creamy treat that’s wildly popular in Southeast Asia.


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Ah, kimchi! This Korean superstar might knock your socks off with its bold, tangy aroma from fermentation. But get past the smell, and you’re in for a spicy, garlicky flavor adventure that’s addictively good.

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Beef jerky’s strong, smoky scent can be a bit much at first sniff. But it’s the ultimate savory snack with a chewy, flavor-packed punch that’s hard to resist. Just be nice and don’t open a fresh bag on a plane unless you want your row-mate to hate you.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Blue cheese: it’s funky, it’s moldy, and it smells like feet. But in a strange twist of fate, it’s creamy, tangy, and richly flavorful in a way that’s just magical on a cracker or in a salad. Pair it with steak on crostini – you’re in for a treat!

Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Fish sauce is like the ocean’s version of a stink bomb. But this umami bomb adds a depth of flavor to dishes that’s unmatched – a little dash goes a long way in transforming a recipe. Use it in a quick stir fry like this cashew chicken skillet and you won’t be disappointed by its flavor.


Cauliflower. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Cauliflower on its own? Meh. But roast it and it lets off a not-so-pleasant odor. The payoff? A crispy, nutty delight that’s a game-changer for your taste buds.

Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Hot dogs have that unmistakable, processed meaty smell that’s a bit… intense. But let’s be honest, grilled up and loaded with toppings, they’re the star of any BBQ. Just steer clear of them boiling in a pot of water unless you want to gag.


Papaya. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

Papaya’s got this weird, musky aroma that’s a bit off-putting. But get past that, and its juicy, tropical sweetness is like a mini getaway for your taste buds. It’s great blended into smoothies to mask that funky taste too.

10 Hidden Toxins In Everyday Foods To Watch Out For

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Many of us strive to make healthy choices about the food we eat, from fresh fruits and vegetables to whole grains and lean proteins. However, lurking beneath the surface of these everyday options are hidden toxins—substances that can pose serious health risks over time. This article reveals ten shocking toxins found in foods we often consider safe. Understanding what these toxins are, where they’re found, and the risks they carry can help you make better-informed decisions about your diet.

Read it Here: 10 Hidden Toxins In Everyday Foods To Watch Out For

8 Foods You Should Never Cook In A Cast Iron Pan

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Cast iron skillets are celebrated for their durability and versatility in the kitchen, handling everything from searing steaks to baking cornbread with ease. However, they come with their own set of rules, especially when it comes to what should or shouldn’t be cooked in them. Certain foods can damage the seasoning of your pan or just make for a culinary headache due to sticking and interacting with the iron. Here’s a breakdown of the worst foods to cook in a cast iron pan, ensuring your skillet stays pristine and your meals turn out great.

Read it Here: 8 Foods You Should Never Cook In A Cast Iron Pan

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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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