By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-02-27 04:14:50 -0600
Started 2013-01-15 16:39:22 -0600


Have you tried some of these (no names mentioned) healthy, nutritious food products that are on the market?
Some of them taste really terrible, as in " I won't try this again" terrible!

I prefer to make my own meals, snacks and what-nots, I don't take well to food surprises, some things you only have to taste (or smell) once.

Has anyone had a rather unpleasant (or) pleasant surprise pertaining to food(s) that they would like to share with others?
Here is something that I was reluctant to try but I am glad that I did:

133 replies

flipmom 2013-01-27 18:30:32 -0600 Report

i reluctantly tried alligator nuggets… to my surprise, its delish!! i think the dip contributed to it being acceptable to my palate..LOL!!

GabbyPA 2013-01-28 22:05:40 -0600 Report

And being cooked right. They don't call it "redneck bubble gum" for nothing. If it's cooked too long, it does tend to be chewy. Living here in Florida, I eat my fair share of gator tail. YUMMY.

flipmom 2013-01-28 22:58:32 -0600 Report

thats were i tried it from when we vacation in tampa…crabby bill, it think is the place…yummy

GabbyPA 2013-01-29 10:01:23 -0600 Report

Well, if you are ever in the Ocala area, there is a great little spot on a big lake that is called Gator Joe's. Legend has it that Joe captured a HUGE gator in the area and so it got it's name. I enjoy the casual lake culture of it and people come by boat or land.

MrsCDogg 2013-01-22 11:39:55 -0600 Report

I'm not at all a picky eater. I love most food. I've only eaten two kinds of meat that I won't eat again…emu and elk. Not a big fan of ramps, but I can eat them if they are a small ingredient in a dish. Having said that, I really dislike the texture of foods I cook with xanthan gum or guar gum in them. I've had other sugar-free things like icecream that had it and it was fine. Not sure what the deal with it is when I use it. That nasty snotty texture actually makes me a bit ill. So I can relate to not likeing things due to texture.

MAYS 2013-01-22 06:34:53 -0600 Report

We complain about the things that we had to eat, maybe even laugh a little but it didn't kill us, no matter how bad it may have smelled or tasted!

robertoj 2013-01-22 02:25:55 -0600 Report

My mother prepared dinner using some weird herb that I don't know the name of but I remember thinking it was some kind of garden weed. It looked, smelled and tasted awful I forgot to mention the texture which was grassy and slimy. I dozed off after eating it and had a nightmare that she cooked my cat. It was so real feeling that I was frantic until I found him.

MAYS 2013-01-25 09:24:32 -0600 Report

Did you ever find out what type of herb it was?

robertoj 2013-01-25 18:10:56 -0600 Report

No but she called it verdelaga. They had different names for things that aren't common.

MAYS 2013-01-25 21:34:31 -0600 Report

That is true about names, also it called "Purslane" also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, or Pusley, and Moss rose, and although it is considered a weed here in the U.S., it is a very nutritious plant high in many valuable nutrients:

Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular than any other leafy vegetable plant. Research published by Artemis P. Simopoulos states that Purslane has 0.01 mg/g of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for a land-based vegetable source. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in fish, some algae, and flax seeds. It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. Also present are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish betacyanins (visible in the coloration of the stems) and the yellow betaxanthins (noticeable in the flowers and in the slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies.

Your mother knows her stuff!

Gwen214 2013-01-21 20:22:39 -0600 Report

I've eaten goat meat and I'm not fond of the smell or the taste. I will not eat again. I don't like chicken heart or liver.

CJ55 2013-01-26 01:12:53 -0600 Report

Hi Gwen.. My dad tried to pass off Goat as pork. Nope.. Didn't work for me either. It was nasty!!

MAYS 2013-01-21 23:40:59 -0600 Report

My mother once prepared goat meat for us as children, once i found out what it was i would not eat it, she never let me forget that, she said that i was very stubborn about food when i was a child, the smell of it was indeed terrible!

Nana_anna 2013-01-19 11:38:19 -0600 Report

Slimy looking foods, no doubt make me sick to.

CJ55 2013-01-26 01:15:22 -0600 Report

I totally agree Nana.. I am a very picky eater. Don't like Slimy, smelly, weird textures.. Also, green veggies..

jayabee52 2013-01-26 13:32:46 -0600 Report

you don't like green veggies CJ?

CJ55 2013-01-26 15:13:16 -0600 Report

Hello James.. No, I am really not fond of any veggies. I have had to make myself eat veggies. I only eat Iceburg lettuce.. Not any other kind of lettuce or funky salad lettuce. I don't eat onions, no peppers of any color, no tomatos, beets, broccoli, califlower, brussel sprouts, that is just a few. However, I do love… Carrots, corn, peas, celery, cucumbers (baby ones). I don't like seeds in anything, hence baby tiny cucumbers. I also do not like any melons except for watermelon. I know, it makes it harder for me to eat healthy veggies.

Nana_anna 2013-01-19 11:36:40 -0600 Report

Yes, I have. I thought that slim fast bars would be good. But, yuck! My stomach can't tollerate most of the health food bars and what nots out there. I get very naushish. I can barely tollerate the shakes, to, unless its done homemade. My husband makes great home made shakes. I cannot eat a whole lot of the "Healthy" snacks. I stick with fruits, and veggies.

MAYS 2013-01-20 05:00:48 -0600 Report

Everything looks so good in the photos and the packaging, but once it's free from that packaging…uhhh!

MAYS 2013-01-17 19:00:54 -0600 Report

Some of these responses are truly amazing, the things we have had to eat as youngsters…maybe?…hopefully?…possibly never again?!

Type1Lou 2013-01-17 17:59:12 -0600 Report

I'm with Joyce on the turnips and parsnips..hate em…but I love winter squash and make a mean eggplant lasagna. I've learned to like okra in gumbo and am planning to make a pot of gumbo tomorrow. (Without the rice, it's quite low-carb). I've tried and tried to like brussels sprouts 'cause they're just so darn cute but just can't stand the taste! One of my favorite foods is "boudin" which is a French Canadian blood sausage. My husband is very very happy that I can no longer buy it since we've moved to Florida (although, he never had to eat it.)

jayabee52 2013-01-19 11:40:59 -0600 Report

Lou if you can some white Quinoa, I would think it would substitute nicely for rice.

Type1Lou 2013-01-19 15:32:36 -0600 Report

I really don't miss the rice but if I have a chance, I'll give the white quinoa a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

jayabee52 2013-01-20 00:08:02 -0600 Report

before you try the Quinoa, please chedk out Caroltoo's discussion on how to prepare it. Just type Quinoa into the search box nd you should eventualy find it.

GabbyPA 2013-01-17 18:51:03 -0600 Report

I remember in England while I was there I was advised to be gracious and accept what hospitality people offered. I have to admit that my biggest fear was going to be someone offering me a meal of blood sausage. If I didn't know what it was, I am sure I would like it. I just have to work through the name of it.

Type1Lou 2013-01-18 13:07:20 -0600 Report

I agree that the term "blood sausage" is very off-putting. While in England I had to try steak and kidney pie…that's also one thing I'm happy I tried but won't be eating again…really not my "cup of tea". My husband also gets grossed out when I order/eat sushi. "A chacun son gout!" and "Vive la difference!" It would be boring if we all liked the same things.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-16 21:05:14 -0600 Report

Sounds appetizing, all of it,lol! I grew up where nothing got wasted so have eaten everything from goat brains to cow cheeks, cow tongue, and the stomach lining of the cow Aka menudo. Gotta say having to tap on a cooked head of a goat and scrape out brains doesnt turn me on anymore! I have a pretty strong stomach after working with children 3-5 years old for over 20 years, but absolutely do nt like egg plant!!!!!

robertoj 2013-01-22 02:34:35 -0600 Report

I ate all of that growing up and I like them still. My wife freaks out although she has unknowingly enjoyed them at times. I never tell her what the are in English. When I first met her we had a cows head and she watched my siblings and I fight over the eyes.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-22 05:31:43 -0600 Report

I actually love menudo, but not sure how to count carbs, so I haven't had it. Does it affect your BG! I no longer eat goat brains, but love goat meat, lamb, and wish I could eat empanaditas from cow tongue! They were my favorite!

robertoj 2013-01-22 14:52:02 -0600 Report

Menudo doesn't make my BG spike but I use very little hominy patas are my favorite part. Empanaditas are to die for to bad that is also literal. Surely someone has a tasty and healthy recipe.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-23 06:39:25 -0600 Report

My mom and I prepared diabetic style for the holidays. We omitted the raisins and used stevia, also extra cloves. We also used whole wheat flour, they were okay, not like the real ones, but tasty.

robertoj 2013-01-23 10:27:03 -0600 Report

It's a small trade off. Tradition is a big reason for these treats. I don't feel like it violates tradition. My mother makes regular dishes, modified for diabetes and modified for celiac disease for my sister. as long as it's tasty and inclusive.

MAYS 2013-01-23 08:55:22 -0600 Report

Set Apart, Is this something that you would do again (possibly with modifications) or is it something that you need to give further thought to?
Some people seem to like their recipes as they are even if they are made diabetic friendly by substituting ingredients such as whole wheat flour in place of white flour.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-01-24 05:34:34 -0600 Report

I would do it again, maybe working towards trying new spices. I love empanaditas, they're delicious used to prepare them as a little girl with my grandma. Not only are they tasty they are part of my culture and the best memories ever!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-17 16:19:15 -0600 Report

I don't like eggplant or okra. I actually don't like any kind of squash either. Tried them all. I also don't like turnips or parsnips.

tabby9146 2013-01-19 09:18:22 -0600 Report

I don't like turnips or parsnips either but I love summer squash, eggplant and okra. don't care for the winter type squash

jayabee52 2013-01-16 21:10:23 -0600 Report

your mention of goat brains reminds me of eating pig brains as a kid.

I ate them but wasn't fond of them. But I just realized that we just had them once. Mom never fixed them again.

TsalagiLenape 2013-01-16 20:30:05 -0600 Report

Well I have tried a variety of foods over the years. I dont like hot spicey foods. Otherwise I eat anything or try it at least once.

flipmom 2013-01-16 19:17:49 -0600 Report

Durian is sold everywhere in my country… i will never try it… although people actually likes the taste of it… i say no thanks!! LOL!!

robertoj 2013-01-22 02:43:08 -0600 Report

I've seen the Andrew Zimmern from Bizzare Foods try it and not like it. That's enough to keep me from trying it.

flipmom 2013-01-25 21:50:58 -0600 Report

it smelledl like rotten garbage…i dont think it tasted that delicious either so i never tried it and wont! LOL

robertoj 2013-01-25 22:03:30 -0600 Report

He said the same thing about the smell. I forgot the name of the eggs that are supposed to increase virility, another food I will not try.

flipmom 2013-01-25 22:42:27 -0600 Report

you might be thinking of BALUT? its duck eggs with baby hatchling inside..i wish i remember when i first tried, it was delicious especially the egg yolks. LOL

flipmom 2013-01-25 23:25:28 -0600 Report

yep! if you tell me to try it now, i prolly wont even touch it because i would look at it and pry on it and its just really very nasty lookin!! i mean who stared to eat that and why? LOL!!

robertoj 2013-01-25 22:55:51 -0600 Report

That's the one. I've worked with many Filipinos and they tried to get us to try it. I never try anything that is suggested by a grinning person. When I was little my uncle and cousin criticized my grandmothers' cooking because they said it was too mild. When she was preparing dinner she was grinning. I knew something was up so I waited until my uncle and cousin tried it. They both turned beet red, poured down sweat and tears. I trust my instincts.

flipmom 2013-01-27 18:27:00 -0600 Report

LOL!! i will watched out for that from now on for sure!!! and also,filipino adobo is different from other adobo out there and yep,its my kids favorite also!

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-16 18:49:02 -0600 Report

I eat just about anything :) … I love food and I will try anything and everything :) !!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-16 19:51:41 -0600 Report

I will never go to dinner with the Bourdain (sp) guy. I have seen what he will eat and I can't watch his show.

robertoj 2013-01-22 02:45:20 -0600 Report

What about Bizarre Foods? Bugs, rodents and decayed fish.

CJ55 2013-01-26 01:38:24 -0600 Report

Hello Roberto.. The only couple of things I would consider "Bizarre Foods" that I have eaton are rattlesnake jerky, Frog Legs & gator. All foods my dad prepared for me. Hated All Of It.

jayabee52 2013-01-16 18:56:26 -0600 Report

I thought that of myself as well, LG, but some of those things which have come up in this discussion kinda give me the yucks.

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-17 11:03:20 -0600 Report

Maybe I need to go and read everything when I get home from the store and see if there is anything on here I wouldn't eat for sure … Lol hehe talk to you later jay

Lady.Grantham 2013-01-18 11:06:23 -0600 Report

Ok … I would eat 90% of what is listed here only because I either haven't heard of the other 10% or I have not yet had a chance to try it !!!! :) … Lol ;) …I know I am special :)