Quite an interesting article on liking or not liking cilantro.
I didn't grow up eating cilantro but its something I quite like but I probably prefer parsley.
An interesting part of this is that at the moment I'm teaching a genetics class and part of that is getting students to test themselves for the ability to taste the slightly bitter compound PTC. Its vaguely related to the sulphur compounds found in brassicas. Turns out about 70% of people can taste that but the rest cant. So its a polymorphic trait found in the population. Quizzing the students it seems that those who can't taste that substance are more likely to like Brussels sprouts etc. I can't taste PTC and I wonder if that has something to do with the fact that I like both cabbage and cilantro. It wouldn't surprise me if cilantro was a similar scenario.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 18, 2019 9:57:04 GMT -5
davidjp There is another taste, which I get, that I think might be genetic - when I eat beets I taste dirt! Only a couple of others I've known get this taste when they eat beets, and it's not simply because it is a root vegetable - I don't get it with any others. I tried growing other varieties, and even white ones had the same flavor.
pepperhead212 , I definitely get an earthy taste at times with beetroot but I don't find it too bad but maybe you have a more extreme version of that. I'm a big fan of beetroot
tom , I expect there is some genetic component to that but I'm sure its a lot more complicated. It seems that food allergies have increased a lot recently in the past few decades. That sort of precludes a genetic cause as the genetics of a population aren't going to change that quickly. As I'm sure you've heard one theory, the hygiene hypothesis, is that today we live much cleaner lives than we used to. Smaller family sizes, less infections and exposure to allergens early in life mean that our immune systems which evolved to deal with a large number of early assaults from diseases don't have an opportunity to hone their responses. So the early immune system which is still developing doesn't develop properly because we've changed the environment and can lead it to over react. I was peripherally involved with a project where they gave babies up to 18 months of age , regular drops of a peanut extract under their tongues and waited to see if that had an effect on later allergy development. Placebo controlled of course. All these children were from families that had some allergic problem so presumably more prone to developing allergic reactions in their offspring. There was a definite positive effect with exposing them to peanut early on and partially protecting them from an allergic reaction later on. So one small piece of evidence to show there is some evidence behind that theory.
Anyway sorry for the lecture but I think its a really interesting topic