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Giving Certain Foods a Second Chance

"I hate celery and parsley." As soon as the words left my mouth, I was surprised by what I had said. I consider myself an open-minded person, and someone who loves trying new foods. Yet I had such a strong negative feeling towards these two foods and avoided them to the best of my ability. I then had the thought, "Could having an aversion to certain foods be negative for our health?"

Diversity is good for our diets

If you have type 2 diabetes, chances are you have probably had to cut out or limit certain foods out of your diet. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is a recommended way to manage type 2 diabetes. A healthy diet is one that is diverse.

So, what exactly is a diverse diet? A diverse diet includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, fats, and proteins. It can be all too easy to stick to foods that are comforting, taste good, and are easy to make, but eating only a few favorite foods can be harmful. Varying foods contain different micro-and macronutrients, like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, fats, and carbs. If you eliminate and avoid too many foods, you may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies.

Our tastebuds are constantly changing

If you don't like a particular food, then you've maybe only had it a handful of times or maybe just once! If we have a negative experience with a certain food, we probably aren't inclined to eat it again. That being said, it's important to remember that our taste buds change often. If we didn't like a certain food a few years ago, or even a few months ago, we might like it now.

Giving foods a second chance

Maybe it wasn't the food we didn't like, but the way that food was prepared! For me, I now know I don't like raw celery. I don't mind celery when it is cooked into a soup or stew. Parsley has ruined green juices and smoothies for me, and I find it so overpowering when there is a lot of it chopped raw on top of a dish. I'm fine with parsley if it's cooked into a dish.

Someone else might have cooked a certain food or dish in a specific way that didn't please your palate. You might have eaten a dish at a restaurant that didn't suit you. Whatever the negative experience was, it's worth giving foods you don't like a second chance. You might find that you actually like it, and it will lead to a more diverse diet.

Keep an open mind

It's okay to not be in the mood for certain foods sometimes. I'll be fine if I don't eat celery or parsley often, but I've managed to incorporate it into my diet. If you notice that there are a lot of foods you don't think you like, give a few a second shot. Your taste buds may have changed since the last time you tried that food, or you might find a new way to cook or prepare this food.

What are some foods that you didn't like before, but gave them a second chance?

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