There are some foods that pretty much everyone seems to enjoy, like ice cream and pizza, while others cause a debate anytime they’re mentioned. Those are the stars of new research from Instacart that reveals the most controversial foods in America. And they’re really not that surprising.
- According to the grocery delivery service’s poll of just over 2-thousand U.S. adults, the most polarizing food to Americans is … anchovies, as half of respondents hate the small, oily fish.
- Number two on the list is black licorice, hated by 45% of those polled, and oysters are third, and hated by 41% of survey respondents.
- The top reasons Americans have for considering a food controversial include the smell (66%), a strong flavor (57%), texture (57%), visual appearance (47%), and how it makes you feel after eating it (32%).
- Just over a third (37%) have food preferences they consider to be polarizing or controversial.
- And 69% admit they tried a food and disliked it at first, but eventually they came to enjoy it.
The other most-hated foods in America
- Beets (hated by 33%)
- Blue cheese (hated by 33%)
- Okra (hated by 33%)
- Capers (hated by 31%)
- Brussels sprouts (hated by 28%)
- Fennel (hated by 26%)
- Olives (hated by 23%)
- Mushrooms (hated by 19%)
- Cilantro (hated by 17%)
- Coconut (hated by 16%)
- Pickles (hated by 13%)
- Mayonnaise (hated by 12%)
Source: The Takeout