What Are The Most Hated Vegetables?
There are a lot of people in the world that don’t like vegetables. They would not eat them as a child and now that they are adults, they choose not to consume them in the present. When I was in college, I had a roommate who could only stomach potatoes (not even corn) – and then only if it was smothered in sour cream and bacon. Luckily, now in his mid-forties, he is still doing well, but he still doesn’t like vegetables. Unfortunately for a nation of expanding waistlines, these foods are usually the top of the most hated vegetables. They are also some of the best foods for you to consume…
The most hated vegetable of them all is the Brussels Sprouts. These tiny cabbages can sometimes be bitter to the taste and they often smell like a foot. It’s no wonder people don’t like them! However, the secret to making this food taste better is to cook it an acid (lemon or vinegar) and add flavors. Why would you want to eat these nasty, little green balls of tastelessness? Because they are loaded with fiber and vitamins. You can also get a healthy dose of protein out of them and some scientists now claim that the phytochemical, indole, may help in protecting you against cancer. I like to buy Brussels Sprouts fresh, cut them in half, and then boil them in vegetable broth with garlic, walnuts (or almonds) and shallots.
This is one of those vegetables that children are often afraid of . They do look kind of like miniature green trees, which leads me to believe that people do not like smaller versions of things they are used to (see Brussels Sprouts above). Broccoli can be eaten raw or steamed. You can also cook it with other foods or just put it on the grill. It is LOADED with vitamins A, C, and K. There are also cancer-fighting nutrients and minerals. Studies show that men who eat a lot of broccoli are less likely to get heart disease or prostate cancer. You can eat broccoli just about any way you like. Some people like to go the unhealthy route and soak it in melted cheese after they cook it. It goes well on salads, or even as a topping to a baked potato.
When I think of turnips, the first thing I think of is a poor farmer digging up a turnip and feeding his family. Turnips look like hard roots that grow under the ground. They are not very tasty looking which may be part of the reason most people don’t like them. However, you should give them a try. They are sort of like a hard potato. One of the main differences between turnips and potatoes is that turnips have more vitamins and less calories than their french fried cousins. You can cook them any way that you can make a potato. This includes: mashed, french fried, boiled, or baked. Some people even eat turnips raw, though I have not tried these.
For some reason these red vegetables are often passed over. Maybe it is because they look like turnips? If you haven’t tried beets recently, then you don’t know what you are missing. They add a sweet flavor to salads and can be eaten alone. Beets contain high quantities of magnesium, calcium, iron, and niacin. Some studies show that they are also good at preventing colon cancer. One of the best ways I can think of to eat beats are to mix them with vinegar, onions, and celery. Put them in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. The next day you will have an awesome salad!
Do you remember Popeye the Sailor Man? The cartoon character was originally designed to get children to eat their spinach. Spinach out of the can really isn’t that tasty. If feels like clumpy mush in your mouth. Frozen spinach and fresh spinach are the way to go. It can be eaten raw in a salad, on a sandwich, or cooked with water or vegetable broth. Add garlic and onion. Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals and the nutrients needed to help a whole group of different cancers and heart disease. Spinach also contains lutein which help promote good eye health. Eat this stuff up by the handful.