Most people- -including me- -only eat foods that satisfy their palate. For example, I have a natural distaste for dishes with “ginataan” on their names and the sight of coconut milk being added to a recipe makes me feel nauseated most of the time. We all know that kids are naturally picky when it comes to food but people like me have failed to outgrow their hatred towards some foods regardless if they are nutritious or not. Blame it on a traumatic experience or ridiculous recipes, people nowadays are missing out on some of the most nutritious foods to date. It’s nice to experiment every once in a while and if you want to get out of your comfort zone and reap health benefits in the process, you better try the 5 nutritious foods below that most people hate today:
Egg Fruit (Chesa/Canistel)
Why people hate it? The taste of this tropical fruit is somewhat reminiscent of a mashed sweet potato but people don’t find its sweet taste as outstandingly delectable as some its other fruit counterparts. Perhaps the consistency of the meat is the one to blame; I even heard someone comparing it to human manure- – a description that you will soon forget once you get taste it or do some milky recipes out of its fruit.
Why people should eat it? Egg fruits contain calories but if taken in moderate amounts, it can bring surprising health benefits to our body. According to analyses made at the Laboratorio FIM de Nutricion in Havana, a 100-gram egg fruit, can give 3.72 mg of niacin, 58.1 mg of Vitamin C, 37.3 mg of phosphorus and 26.5 mg of calcium. It’s meat is also a natural source of energy, amino acids and other essential vitamins and minerals to keep your resistance against infections in tip-top shape.
Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd)
Why people hate it? Obviously, because of its unique bitter taste.
Why people should eat it? By now, we already know ampalaya’s success story from being a simple bitter vegetable to becoming one of the most sought-after ingredients in producing diet supplements that help fight diabetes. Ampalaya naturally contains flavonoids and alkaloids that stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin and enables the body utilize the excessive amounts of sugar in the blood. In addition to this, ampalaya leaves have been famous as well for effectively treating digestion problems, sterility in women, parasitism and certain types of skin diseases.
Why people hate it? Durian is considered as a stand-out because of it’s unique odor described by many as “stinky”, “rotting smell” and “disgusting”.
Why people should eat it? According to some durian experts, the stinkier the fruit, the more delicious it gets. But beyond its notorious smell, durian is just a simple fruit that can give you health benefits more that what you can bargain for. For underweight people, durian can be a perfect snack because it can replenish your energy and provide quality fats (without cholesterol) at the same time. The fruit also provides 33% RDA of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients like tryptophan, manganese, Vitamin B-complex and dietary fiber.
Why people hate it? It’s crunchy and tasty but people, especially kids, won’t dare to eat it as it is because the taste is not that appealing to the taste buds.
Why people should eat it? Celery is a rich source of potassium, folate and Vitamin K. It can also lower on’e blood pressure and is a perfect addition to soups and dishes that can cover up its taste and make the whole meal more flavorful.
Why people hate it? Popeye has made spinach world-famous but not necessarily enticing and mouth-watering. Some even describe its taste as something that resembles a “soggy metal”, a description that has forced people to shy away from this wonderful vegetable.
Why people should eat it? Spinach contains flavonoids that can help a person fight off age-related memory loss and certain types of cancer. It is also a rich source of Vitamin A, folic acid, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin C. A serving of spinach has also been known to reverse the natural process of macular degeneration through lutein, a component found in spinach that helps to keep our eyes healthy and free from diseases.