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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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To: nickcarraway

Disgusting edibles were invented so that boys can gross girls out at school!


51 posted on 01/29/2012 6:47:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: csvset

I can not get past the smell of Durian so, when in Chiang Mai, my wife is kind enough to eat it on the back porch. Most of my in laws over 30 can not tolerate any kind of cheese but the younger ones like pizza. Besides durian, I like most all foods and fruits except ant eggs (smell again). The deep fried frog skins are great, for instance. I pass on the “horse piss” eggs. Chiang Mai sausage is great but I won’t ask how it’s made. ;-)


52 posted on 01/29/2012 6:54:34 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: nickcarraway
The nastiest tasting thing I have ever tried to eat was in New Zealand and they called it White Bait. It was some kind of fish that had been chopped into tiny pieces shaped into a patty, fried and served on a bun. It would probably be delicious compared to the things in this article.
53 posted on 01/29/2012 7:00:20 PM PST by Ditter
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To: csvset

“Curious if anyone has tasted a Durian fruit. Supposedly tastes like Heaven but smells like Hell.”

I like it if it’s not too over ripe. Very rich and creamy taste. Sort of smelly, though.


54 posted on 01/29/2012 7:53:01 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: JimSEA

I’m not wild about the smell of gapi, the fermented shrimp paste. My wife seems to love it. She won’t eat the “pla dak”, the rotten salty fish stuff that is is prevalent in the northeast of Thailand. My son loves sun-dried squid for some reason.


55 posted on 01/29/2012 8:01:59 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: csvset

Yes, it is here in the local markets, usually next to the dragon fruit... :-)

I have had it. As I recall I was pleased by the taste but don’t exactly remember.

I just saw some yesterday at the Dennis nearby. I’ll try it again and give a more detailed report.

It -—IS-— one of the scariest-looking fruits I have ever seen!


56 posted on 01/29/2012 8:23:15 PM PST by muffaletaman (ABOAR)
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To: Revolting cat!
Just so you know, nobody thinks you're cute or clever just because you used that fancy plate instead of your litter box.

OTOH, operating a digital camera without the distinct advantage of an opposable thumb and then posting that pic on the internet is pretty impressive.

57 posted on 01/29/2012 8:31:33 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Revolting cat!
Disgusting edibles were invented so that boys can gross girls out at school!

I once read that Scottish cuisine was created for the English, who they hated, and people who lost bets.

To this day, I'm convinced that the Japanese developed sushi as a practical joke on us for winning the war!

Mark

58 posted on 01/29/2012 8:59:55 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Ditter
The nastiest tasting thing I have ever tried to eat was in New Zealand and they called it White Bait.

Sounds a little like gefilte fish, except it's not fried... It is somehow "jellied." Served with chopped, pickled horseradish! Yum!!!!

Mark

59 posted on 01/29/2012 9:19:01 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: nickcarraway
The nasty things are usually cooked, right?
Eat the tartar steak! The best thing in the world.


60 posted on 01/29/2012 9:21:55 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Most of the time the mold on Spanish Chorizo will peel off. Or at least it has on the Chorizo I have bought. The mold on it is also a good thing that is put on there to prevent bad mold from growing on it and other meats. The rest of the food on that list I could do without though.


61 posted on 01/29/2012 9:30:52 PM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: USMCPOP

Shrimp paste by itself I can’t handle but it is used in soup and curry which I like. Pla dak I can’t eat but the dried salty fish is good with kao tum. Dried squid is ok with Chang beer but then enough beer and the salty pla dak might be approachable.


62 posted on 01/29/2012 9:59:15 PM PST by JimSEA
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