Cilantro Haters: Why it may not be your fault

By: Bethany Richardson

 

Upon hearing that I don’t like cilantro, people generally have one of two reactions: utter disgust or complete agreement.  Cilantro is truly one of those foods that is totally polarizing; you either love it or you hate it.  For those of us cilantro-haters, a new study has come out by researchers at 23andme (https://www.23andme.com/) analyzing the link between genetics and cilantro preference.  Analyzing a pool of over 14,000 participants of European decent, the study determined that certain olfactory reception genes were determined to have a significant impact on cilantro liking or disliking.  If you are interested, you can read the article here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1209.2096v1.pdf.

What about you? Are you one of the cilantro haters too?

Photo credit: http://www.countryliving.com/outdoor/expert-gardening-tips-and-advice/lesser-known-cilantro

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2 Comments

  1. Cilantro is one of the best herbs on the planet. That’s all.

  2. Alex Lyssy Reply to Alex

    Agreed Thomas!

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