Americans’ culinary preferences are as diverse as the country’s makeup; Everyone has a strong opinion on everything from the best chocolate chip cookie recipe to store-bought favorites. Some people have their own favorite ingredients, and some try to avoid them, or use other ingredients in their place, or even refuse to accept them. However, there are some food items with which there is no scope for compromise.
Purchase data from fresh food delivery service Instacart and the Harris Poll gives everyone a new perspective and some cold facts, showing how polarized people’s views are on different foods. Here are the three foods that Americans have the most polarizing views on:
You may have already guessed it, yes! That’s anchovies. The survey revealed that 50% of people can’t tolerate strong-tasting fish, making it the most divisive food on the list. Additionally, 58% of women and 43% of men would not add anchovies to their pizza or Caesar salad.
45% of consumers cannot accept this black licorice candy. While it’s surprising that sweets made the top three, it’s understandable that tart, sticky, anise-flavored candy is not going to be a crowd pleaser. Interestingly, there is a generational divide in liking of licorice candy: 48% of Americans aged 18-54 hate it, while only 37% of Americans aged 65 and older feel the same way.
There’s something festive about eating a cold oyster at happy hour or a delicious Oyster Rockefeller from the appetizer platter; But obviously oysters aren’t for everyone. 41% of shoppers will not remove oysters from the shelf quickly. Interestingly, Instacart purchase data also shows that of the top five states where oysters are ordered, three of them are entirely landlocked , which includeMontanaNorth Dakota andWyoming,
In addition to the top three, here are the top 10 foods that Americans have mixed opinions on:
*Beets: 33% of shoppers hate these earthy-tasting rootsvegetable,
* Blue cheese: Also 33% of people hate “mold cheese” because it’s definitely controversial.
* Ladyfinger: 33% of participants found ladyfinger troublesome due to its sticky juice when cooked. Maybe should try frying them.
*Capers: Small, juicy capers are loved by many for their unique pungent flavor, but 31% of Americans surveyed think they are too strong.
*Brussels Sprouts: 28% of shoppers hate tasteless Brussels sprouts.
* Fennel: Since licorice is on the candy list, fennel will definitely not be absent; But only 26% of people do not like fennel-flavored vegetables and seeds.