The Scientific Reason Some People Can’t Stand Vegetables

And what it takes to overcome an aversion to bitter greens

Robert Roy Britt
Elemental
Published in
5 min readNov 19, 2019

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BBitterness is nature’s way of warning us about harmful things we shouldn’t eat, like cyanide. But several very healthy foods, including broccoli and cauliflower, are bitter, too — which makes them disgustingly inedible to some people, but not to others. You haters can…

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Robert Roy Britt
Elemental

Editor of Aha! and Wise & Well on Medium + the Writer's Guide at writersguide.substack.com. Author of Make Sleep Your Superpower: amazon.com/dp/B0BJBYFQCB