People Who Hate Cilantro Are Freaky Mutants

cilantroOh no, what's wrong, Cilantro Haters? You don't appreciate being called "mutants"? Well, you're complaining to the wrong person because I don't make the news, I just blog about it. And today the news is simply this: Scientists believe that people's preference for or, alternatively, extreme dislike of cilantro may actually be genetically determined. What's more: People who hate cilantro may, in fact, have a mutated gene (thus the headline) ...


Here's Charles J. Wysocki, a scientist who's been studying the polarizing nature of the green herb, attempting to explain why some people detest it so strongly:

What we think might be happening is the person who hates cilantro is, in fact, detecting the soapy odor. But what they seem to be missing is the nice, aromatic, green component ... It’s possible that they have a mutated or even an absent receptor gene for the receptor protein that would interact with the very pleasant smelling compound.

SEE? This is coming straight from the mouth of a real live scientist: People who hate cilantro have a "mutated or even an absent receptor gene ..." Thus, the term "mutant" is perfectly acceptable to use in reference to cilantro haters in this case. Admittedly, "freaky" might be up for debate ...

Ultimately, I embrace the idea of blaming genetics for why people hate cilantro and think it tastes "soapy," "mildewy," and "buggy." To me, there's no other explanation for why people would loathe such a bright, fresh, and wonderfully herbaceous food. In fact, I can't for the life of me fathom a world in which guacamole is made without cilantro -- to me, that's something that's truly "freaky."

Do you love or hate cilantro?


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