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You Eat That? (Disgust is one of our most basic emotions)
Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 28, 2012 | Rachel Herz

Posted on 01/29/2012 3:21:03 PM PST by nickcarraway

Disgust is one of our most basic emotions—the only one that we have to learn—and nothing triggers it more reliably than the strange food of others

Disgust is one of our most basic emotions—the only one that we have to learn—and nothing triggers it more reliably than the strange food of others

In the last several years there has been an explosion of research on disgust. Disgust is one of the six basic emotions—along with joy, surprise, anger, sadness and fear—but it is the only one that has to be learned, which suggests something about its complexity.

Most children get their first lessons in disgust around the time that they are potty trained. After that, the triggers of disgust are quickly acquired from the responses and rules of parents, peers and, most importantly, the wider culture. One of the best places to look for the vast differences in what is or is not considered disgusting in different parts of the globe is food, especially distinctive foods, like every culture's favorite fermented dish.

Take cheese, considered by Westerners to be anything from a comfort food to a luxurious delicacy. A good taleggio, Gorgonzola or Brie might be described as sweaty or slimy. Cheese also has its fair share of aromatic obstacles and, depending on the circumstances, may be confused with vomit, stinky feet or a garbage spill. Many Asians regard all cheese, from processed American slices to Stilton, as utterly disgusting—the equivalent of cow excrement.

Given that cheese can be described as the rotted bodily fluid of an ungulate, that's not far off. But controlled rot tastes good in this case—at least to us (or most of us). The key is to manage the decomposition in such a way as to get that desired flavor and to ensure that we don't get

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TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cheese; food; natto
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Natto is delicious.

1 posted on 01/29/2012 3:21:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I am making sausage and kraut with granny smith apples right now.


2 posted on 01/29/2012 3:24:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway
Heh...Saturday night we had eels for supper. Nice, tasty eels. Some were fried, some were cooked with noodles.
Delicious!
3 posted on 01/29/2012 3:32:56 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: mylife
I am making sausage and kraut with granny smith apples right now.

Needs either noodles or toasty bread on the side.

4 posted on 01/29/2012 3:35:01 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

On my honeymoon, we went to New Orleans and I tried the escargot. I vowed then and there that I would try anything one time.

I’ve pretty much stuck by that; although I now have a small list of foods I don’t have to try again, and won’t.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 3:35:24 PM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: nickcarraway
Here is some Octopus with Soy Sauce
6 posted on 01/29/2012 3:36:37 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: humblegunner
I have fresh french bread to toast. ☺
7 posted on 01/29/2012 3:37:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!


8 posted on 01/29/2012 3:40:34 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

For the record, I love Kim Chee, and have never found a cheese I didn’t like.

I am unlikely to find any of the scary cheeses in this country.


9 posted on 01/29/2012 3:40:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: humblegunner

Some peroghies would be good.


10 posted on 01/29/2012 3:48:50 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tainan

I like eel too!

It was about all I could do to convince them to let me order eel in a local Vietnamese restaurant...


11 posted on 01/29/2012 3:50:44 PM PST by null and void (Day 1104 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: mylife

Boy oh boy do I love some pierogies(piroshki). Gotta put some cheese and sour cream with em.

And ya cant forget the kielbasa.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 3:53:45 PM PST by Downinthedixie
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Curious if anyone has tasted a Durian fruit. Supposedly tastes like Heaven but smells like Hell.
13 posted on 01/29/2012 3:58:07 PM PST by csvset
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To: Downinthedixie

YUMMY!!


14 posted on 01/29/2012 3:59:12 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

Disgust seems to go beyond basic emotional reactions to something more evolutionary about survival. Probably in genetic memory of various cultures as what is safe and what isn’t.

Oh, and I absolutely love Natto, putrid aged cheeses, Durian, and all that disgusting stuff- except Surströmming. Something about fermented fish (other than fish sauce) that I can’t take.


15 posted on 01/29/2012 3:59:46 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Tainan

Have you ever tried Angulas (baby river eels)? They are amazing and tender. It looks like a plate of cooked pasta.


16 posted on 01/29/2012 4:01:49 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mylife

my fav meal. cheddar/potato perogies fried with bacon and onions with baby baby beef liver.


17 posted on 01/29/2012 4:03:25 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: mylife
For the record, I love Kim Chee...

Visited S.Korea last year, and Kim Chee is everywhere in endless varieties. Never found one I could love, although I found a few I could tolerate.

I vowed to taste everything put before me, since I'll probably never return, but there was one I swore off - in Korean open-air markets they sell a delicacy hot and fresh, stir-fried on the spot. I was going to sample it, then the smell hit me - pure dirt. Turns out it was stir-fried grubworms.

Bourdain says you should always eat what is offered, with gusto (fake it if you have to) in order to not offend the locals. Guess I failed that time...

18 posted on 01/29/2012 4:06:15 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: csvset

I have. I thought the stink was over-rated unless there is another breed they have in Hawaii. It did have a cheese type smell you don’t expect from a fruit, but it tasted like an over-ripe banana (with a similar texture).


19 posted on 01/29/2012 4:06:24 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mylife

That is what I’m having tonight!


20 posted on 01/29/2012 4:06:30 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: mnehring
I agree about the fish sauce.
That stuff is amazing. I have a big ol bottle of Squid brand.


21 posted on 01/29/2012 4:08:44 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

22 posted on 01/29/2012 4:09:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kirkwood

It grosses lots of folks out, but I love it.


23 posted on 01/29/2012 4:09:49 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

Only thing worse is my disgust at all male homosexuals, ugly lesbians and any other weird perversion (animals, furries, child molesters and rapists).


24 posted on 01/29/2012 4:11:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: nickcarraway
I don't get scones.


25 posted on 01/29/2012 4:13:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ZOOKER

I’ll take the kim chee, but you can keep the grub worms!


26 posted on 01/29/2012 4:13:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway
Interesting article.
Many human emotions and reactions are not "taught" or "bred in" or caused by environment and upbringing. Many are simply instinctive, such as the revulsion at homosexuality that is normal in children.


27 posted on 01/29/2012 4:14:11 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mylife

There’s a store in my state that makes great cheese.
http://granville.stores.yahoo.net/

If you are in that area and hit it right- they have extra-extra-extra sharp cheese they only sell very infrequently at the store.

My parents and I went there one day and they had the cheese there and we all took samples and walked outside - I couldn’t get over the smell - a rancid, gym sock-wet towel bucket smell. My father, a lover of extra sharp cheese-as myself, braved past the smell and took a bite and became overwhelmed by its presence in his mouth....we drove off and he made us stop at an apple orchid to use their water spigot on the side of their barn- he just couldn’t take it anymore ;>).


28 posted on 01/29/2012 4:16:33 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

Sounds good to me!

I’m not a huge liver fan, but love it as pate, liverwurst or braunschweiger.

I’s great to put on a sandwich as if it were mayo.


29 posted on 01/29/2012 4:17:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I’ve been making Kim Chi for a few months now. I try to eat some everyday. I love opening a fresh jar and letting it erupt as the fermentation gases escape.


30 posted on 01/29/2012 4:18:20 PM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: Tainan

“Saturday night we had eels for supper.”

They’re delicious! But,,,, man! They’re a pain to clean. The only Chinese dish I haven’t liked is Sea Cucumbers. Felt like I was eating warm Vaseline. But a lot of Chinese food is about texture. And I didn’t like eating slime!


31 posted on 01/29/2012 4:18:39 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Exactly what I was thinking when I saw the headline.

Homo proponents are lightning fast to label anyone that disagrees with homosexuality as a “homophobe”, and that couldn't be further from the truth for the overwhelming majority of human beings. Far from it. I have no fear of that chosen way of life, it disgusts me, it is repulsive, and fear has nothing to do with it.

Anyone who is dumb enough to ever attempt to put the homophobic label on me is going to get an earful and regret they ever opened their mouth.

32 posted on 01/29/2012 4:18:54 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mmmmmm... disgusting!

Reminds me of Mitt Romney!

33 posted on 01/29/2012 4:20:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway
Disgust is one of our most basic emotions—the only one that we have to learn—and nothing triggers it more reliably than the strange food of others

A more reliable trigger for me is seeing morbidly obese cops stuffing their fat faces in restaurants. Makes me sick to my stomach (and pisses me off to no end).
34 posted on 01/29/2012 4:20:03 PM PST by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)
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To: libertarian27

LOL! I guess it needed more mold cultures!


35 posted on 01/29/2012 4:21:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Baby beef liver properly cooked is very tender, and has a much less intense? flavor. In addition, the bacon really adds to the flavor of the liver.


36 posted on 01/29/2012 4:23:57 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

Oh, I could eat that stuff every day.


37 posted on 01/29/2012 4:26:56 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

Sounds good. I have never had it.
I can tell you this, all carnivorous predatory animals make a beeline for the liver.


38 posted on 01/29/2012 4:30:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: chesley

If you find yourself in Australia you can order a shot of stallion semen.


39 posted on 01/29/2012 4:41:15 PM PST by Reeses
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I’m convinced that there are some foods that you simply have to grow up with in order to eat, while others you can learn to tolerate, or even love...

For instance, I was bought up in a Jewish home, and grew up eating pickled (raw) herring, gefilte fish, kishke, and brussels sprouts (not strictly a Jewish thing, I know, but it seems most kids hate them). To this day, I love them all.

On the other hand, the first time I ever had Chinese hot and sour soup or dumplings, I couldn’t stand them. However, they weren’t disgusting to me, and eventually I got to really like them, and in fact have to have them both any time I get Chinese food.

On the other hand, last weekend I went to a Chinese restaurant known for their “traditional” Chinese food, and tried a number of dishes. Two I wouldn’t even put on my plate, one I was able to choke down, and another I had to spit out into my soup bowl, it was so disgusting! I was one of only 3 or 4 white people in the restaurant. There were at least 25 tables of Asians there, many were families.

But many of my non-Jewish friends feel the same way about gefilte fish, herring, and brussel sprouts.

Mark


40 posted on 01/29/2012 4:41:28 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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although I now have a small list of foods I don’t have to try again, and won’t.

And where does escargot fall on that list?

41 posted on 01/29/2012 5:38:36 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m with the Asians on the cheese thing. Never liked it, and melted? You’d have to put a gun to my head to get me to eat that nasty stuff!


42 posted on 01/29/2012 5:39:08 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: nickcarraway
nothing triggers it more reliably than the strange food of others

Wrong. I've eaten many a strange creature but none have emoted such disgust as having the Kenyan tribe squatting in MY house.

43 posted on 01/29/2012 5:46:10 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: csvset

Yes, many times. Doesn’t taste like heaven, though—more like a sulphurous, onion-tinged cream cheese...


44 posted on 01/29/2012 5:48:55 PM PST by dinodino
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To: nickcarraway

I went to China in late ‘76 on a 6 month business trip. At the first banquet in my honor, we were served sea slug. My God, that was the WORST thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. There was a good reason the other Westerners at the plant called it “Firestone” — it had the same tread marks on top and the same texture and toughness.


45 posted on 01/29/2012 5:53:51 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Downinthedixie

Surstromming anyone?


46 posted on 01/29/2012 6:08:18 PM PST by taterjay
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To: NoCmpromiz

LOve ‘em


47 posted on 01/29/2012 6:25:39 PM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: Reeses

If I’m in Australia, I’ll give it a try.


48 posted on 01/29/2012 6:27:29 PM PST by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: nickcarraway

“along with joy, surprise, anger, sadness and fear—but it is the only one that has to be learned”

B.S. I have a 15 month old - fear is something that must be learned....

and their rationale on “disgust” haha - not even close, it comes much earlier, in the food stage... losers have no idea..


49 posted on 01/29/2012 6:30:33 PM PST by acw011 (Great Goooogly Mooogly!)
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I guess dogs are not capable of the disgust emotion. My dog will eat anything, including things that are too gross to describe here.

I'm a pretty adventurous eater myself but sauerkraut and horse radish are two things I simply cannot eat without gagging. That natto looks like something I could give a try.

50 posted on 01/29/2012 6:44:06 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 6 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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