By Michele Herenstein


By Michele Herenstein

There are certain foods that kids hate but come to love as adults. Most kids don’t like coffee, and yet many adults crave coffee. I ordered a sugar-free skinny vanilla latte the other day, and it was beyond delicious.

Kids generally don’t love salads; many adults adore salads and when looking at a salad bar find it hard to choose what to put in the salad.

In my opinion, sushi is raw and disgusting, but it has become beloved by many. I rarely leave the supermarket without seeing people purchasing sushi platters. It is super-popular, but years back it was not prevalent at all.

As stated in “Five Foods You Hate As A Kid But Love As An Adult,” by Nicole Mormann (, “According to Kids Eat Right, kids ‘are born with an instinctive desire for sweet and salty foods, and an instinctive aversion to sour and bitter tastes,’ which would explain why our food preferences consisted of powdered doughnuts and popsicles when we were young.

“However, as we get older and our taste buds begin to diminish (sob!), our inclination toward sweet and salty foods expands to include the bitter, sour foods we avoided before.”

According to Mormann, there are five foods you hate as a kid and learn to love as an adult: avocado, Brussels sprouts, dark chocolate, strong cheeses, and coffee/tea.

When I was younger, we had to eat everything on our plates. Sometimes there was a meal I just didn’t love and didn’t feel like finishing. I sat at the table, listless, until I was almost done. If you had put a piece of cake in front of me and I was super-full, it would have made no difference. I would have eaten it no problem. Now if I’m full after a meal, I actually decline dessert, sometimes. If they’re pecan squares from My Most Favorite Food, there would be nothing to keep me from it. I’m a carbohydrate junkie.

I found some comments from people on the Internet who were asked about food they hated as a kid and love as adults.

One man mentioned gagging on split-pea soup as a kid. A woman admitted to hating blue cheese as a kid but loving it now as an adult. One man (crazily enough!) hated lasagna and cheesecake and now can’t get enough of them. Who doesn’t love cheesecake and lasagna as an adult and a kid? Hard to fathom!

“I hated Brussels sprouts, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes! I always ate hamburgers plain, but now I like them loaded with onion, tomato, and lettuce! I can’t get enough of Brussels sprouts and asparagus now! (CopyKat Recipes,

When it comes to finding healthy, yummy breakfast food, there are so many varieties: eggs, yogurt, pancakes, protein bars, hot cereal, and much more. Breakfast has become my favorite meal.

Milk, PB&J sandwiches, and pizza are loved by children and even some adults. (Liz Childers, editor at Thrillist, Tuna melts must be added to the list, along with grilled cheese, chili, apple pie, Buffalo wings, and s’mores.

I used to love ice cream and then it changed to frozen yogurt. Now, I’ve lost my taste for both. I’m not a candy person, but I am a cookies and cake person. I once tasted a caramel challah and it was divine. I have friends who aren’t foodies, but I suppose I am.

Different states are known for different foods. According to “Here Are The Most Popular Foods In Each State, According To People Who Actually Live There” by Farrah Penn, Alaska is known for ice cream. This seems odd to me because Alaska is cold and ice cream is cold, so I don’t see the sense in this. In California it’s avocados; in Georgia, chicken biscuits; in Illinois, deep-dish pizza, in Louisiana, gumbo; in Missouri, toasted ravioli; in New Hampshire, cider doughnuts; and in New York, bagels. Oklahoma is known for fried okra, Rhode Island for coffee milk, Texas for barbecue, Utah for funeral potatoes, and Washington for salmon.

As a young kid, I hated milk. It turned out that I had an allergy to milk as a baby. So as a little girl, I drank strawberry milk because I couldn’t stand the look of milk. There is no way I could drink strawberry milk today. You might think I don’t like coffee, but that is far from the truth. I love lattes, cappuccinos, sweet tea, upside-down milk (learned in Israel), and most things sold in a coffee bar.

50 Foods That Are Super Healthy” on Heathline discusses many healthy foods, some of which are tasty as well. “Fruits and berries are the world’s most popular health foods.” I happen to adore them as well. Then we have apples, avocados, blueberries (blueberries are not only delicious, but also among the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world), bananas, oranges, strawberries, eggs, nuts, peanuts, and coconuts, asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, kale, onions, tomatoes, and more.

As you see, food is talked about in all sorts of ways — kids’ favorites, adults’ favorites, healthy favorites, states’ favorites, and I’m sure there are many more.

There are many healthy foods that you might not have tasted yet. Go for a try! Be brave and courageous.

I’m not asking you to try chicken feet, tuna eyeballs from Japan, fried spiders from Cambodia, or stink bugs from Africa. Just try a good, healthy food you might not have liked as a kid and you might like as an adult.

Good luck! And watch out for shirako in Japan. Another fancy name for an animal’s reproductive organs, shirako is essentially a cod’s sperm sac. Apparently, soft and creamy to taste, you can have it served up steamed or deep fried.

I dare you to try it. Go on. Show me what you’re made of.

Michele Herenstein can be reached at


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