Order a pizza topped with pineapples at any restaurant in Italy, and you will regret every little step that led you to making this decision. Because if there’s something Italians won’t tolerate, it’s pineapple pizza and cappuccino in the afternoon. But while some of the most controversial food preferences have to do with local culture and its quirks, the rest of it comes from our weird and wonderful personalities.

The same goes with our food opinions. Like, saying that mint choc chip ice cream is gross, tomatoes ruin a burger, or that Greek yogurt is sour cream in disguise. You may not be the most popular person in the room for stating this, but you’re surely not quite wrong either.

So let’s dig deep into the often silenced world of controversial food opinions shared in this viral Twitter thread that will heat up the room temperature and will surely bring out your inner Gordon Ramsay.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Dark chocolate with coffee nibs

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

I do cereal for pudding.

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it. But most of us do on the reverse side of the planet.

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Bored Panda reached out to Stefan Balkenende, a spokesperson of Greenpan.co.uk, a cookware manufacturer that specializes in ceramic-coated pans for healthier cooking. Stefan shared some insights on food opinions and preferences, as well as of ways we talk about food so that it won’t become a sensitive topic.

“No matter where you’re from or what kind of food you eat, the topic of food brings people together, acting as an easy ice breaker when meeting new people. It’s universally appealing,” Stefan said and added: “In fact, last year Dr. Amber Spry, who is the Politics and African American Studies professor at Brandeis University, went viral as she had asked her class ‘how does your family cook rice’ instead of traditional ice breaker questions, which naturally got the class talking, sparking debate and conversation over something so trivial but relevant to everyone.”

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not controversial.

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes... nothing is a substitute for chocolate cake

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

Not controversial to me.

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According to Stefan, even if a particular food preference seems unusual now, it could easily become more mainstream as time passes. “For example, the idea of drinking bone broth might have seemed odd a few years ago; in fact, in 2016, Google Trends identified an interest score of just 21. Fast forward to January 2020, and it hit a popularity score of 100.”

Moreover, unusual food preferences can be an exciting challenge for a cook. “Part of creating a great recipe is combining different flavors and textures in new ways, perhaps unimagined. What might seem like a bizarre preference could spark inspiration for an exciting new dish,” the spokesperson of Greenpan.co.uk explained.

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vogonpoet
Community Member
2 months ago

Took me years in the USA to find a bread that had no sugar. And then I moved back to NZ. I miss that sourdough so much.

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It is if you are eating something rare, exotic or not humanly killed. There is no reason anyone needs to consume something like a beating snake heart.

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EagerPanda 🐼
Community Member
2 months ago

On the fence here, I love lemon and chocolate

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When asked whether a chef could refuse to cook a very unusual order made by a client, Stefan said that “unusual food preferences can be a tough pill to swallow as a chef, but it can be a positive challenge.” “That being said,” the spokesperson continued, “customers should be aware that professional kitchens will have prepped their menus and food orders in advance, so last-minute changes can be difficult to overcome. Likewise, some chefs may find it hard to deviate from what they’re used to, as their menu is an art and experience.”

“Depending on how obscure the food order is, chefs can use it to their advantage and make use of existing ingredients they have and try and incorporate what they would have served in a slightly different way,” Stefan concluded.

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Jon Steensen
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually all the differnt pasta shapes each have their own specific purpose. They are each speciallised for a particular task, and cannot be interchanged if you are after the best result. E.g. if you cook lasagna with farfalle (butterflies) the result will be wierd (or actually a wrong interpretation of pasta bolognese), as the plates are what holds a lasagna toghether, so it can be cut into blocks. Some of them, like the shells and cannelloni (large tubes) are actually meant to be stuffed. Each type of pasta will interact with the sauce diffently, which will have an effect on the experience of eating the dish. So yes diffent pasta shapes makes the pasta(dish) taste differently, but the shells are not always the best.

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

eat a few oysters- they'll see you through the week

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#12

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Love raisins... I even have some in my desk. Next thing you'll say biltong is a waste of meat

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Bored Panda also talked to Alex Gunz of "Gourmand Gunno," a London-based professional food reviewer and the winner of Square Meal's 'Critic of the Year' 2014 award.

When asked whether talking about food, especially if one has unusual opinions when it comes to eating, can sometimes turn sour, Alex Gunz told us that it should not and does not need to be a sensitive topic. “The more people are open and willing to discuss their opinions, the less sensitive the topic becomes,” he added.

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roxiqt Report

Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

This person is mightily confused. And need to read up on dairy products.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

Then I am too. I've tried Greek yogurt, and if you told me it was actually sour cream I would 100% believe you.

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Cosmetica Solist
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean, it literally is not. They're cultured and processed completely differently.

Nubmaeme
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2 months ago

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Actually, they are made pretty much the same way. I make Greek yogurt and occasionally I screw up and end up with a batch of sour cream instead.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Most ridiculous thing I've ever read

Alex K
Community Member
2 months ago

i bet he has never eaten greek yoghurt.

Gem
Community Member
2 months ago

They taste different

Persephone
Community Member
2 months ago

They might taste similar to some people but they definitely are not the same thing. This was written by someone who doesnt know how yoghurt is made...

Mud Grey
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2 months ago (edited)

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how many different ways are there to start a fire? yet it's still fire

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Johanna
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

No, they are not.

Jaana Kaurisalo
Community Member
2 months ago

*laughs in Finnish* My sweet, sweet summer child...they are not. Have you ever tasted proper, Russian-style sour creme with a high fat percent? I don't think so.

Pezor Zass
Community Member
2 months ago

proper greek yogurt and proper sour cream are not the same. with what people have available in stores, though, who knows. it's sad what we get stuck with sometimes, especially thinking of the tomatoes above

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah that's right. I wish it could be possible for everyone to always taste the real thing.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

No no no no no. We made our own sour cream on the farm. yogurt is a whole other critter. And Greek yogurt is my fave.

Johnny
Community Member
2 months ago

Either this person has never had sour cream or greek yogurt since there's no way they could be confused.

Kalina Krumova
Community Member
2 months ago

To begin with, yogurt and "Greek yogurt" use totally different processes to make. The only thing in common with sour cream is milk and white colour. Also, traditional Greek yogurt is made from sheep milk

Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

Sour cream is just cream with an attitude problem.

Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

Them's fightin' words! Greek yoghurt is fantastic!

Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Greek Yogurt is made from sheep milk. It's so fat, it's sweet. How can it be sour cream?

Frank Ropen
Community Member
2 months ago

Greek yogurt is lower in calories and fat and higher in protein than full-fat sour cream. One ounce (28 grams) of regular Greek yogurt contains 37 calories, 3 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein. The same amount of full-fat sour cream contains 54 calories, 6 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein.

SuePrew
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope. It can substitute sometimes, but I doubt you would want to just eat a bowl of sour cream

judy baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Uh no.

Thalia Lovering
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope

grafxgal60073
Community Member
2 months ago

It tastes just like sour cream if you add 2T of lemon juice to a cup of plain greek yogurt.

wifeofweasley
Community Member
2 months ago

No... It's actually not

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

Not so, it's the real yoghurt, they developed it. Americans miss the sugar.

Dre Mosley
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope.

Gina Lenna
Community Member
1 month ago

nope

Anna Repp
Community Member
1 month ago

Two completely different things! Also, Bulgarian yogurt is different and have you tried labneh?

Vermillion Ace #443
Community Member
2 months ago

This killed yogurt for me.

somnomania
Community Member
2 months ago

it's actually not, sour cream is way looser than greek yogurt. also if they were the same i would like both of them, which i don't.

Maria Ribaulo
Community Member
2 months ago

omg. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt is worse than non-fat sour cream. BOTH of them are so disgusting, I'd rather never eat yogurt or sour cream again than eat those.

Mimi M
Community Member
2 months ago

Greek yogurt is nowhere near as sour as sour cream. But they are both good. Over bananas, with honey. Now I'm getting hongry.

Debbie Burton
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not you realise....

Wendy Lam
Community Member
2 months ago

They can be interchangeable to use, sour cream for perogies, but making butter chicken would not able to use sour cream for that

Samantha Robinson
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

No honey that's not right. An interesting opinion however is that cottage cheese is curdled milk.

Shinebright
Community Member
2 months ago

I have flavoured yogurt so no not gross

Eric Battaglia
Community Member
2 months ago

We put Greek yogurt on our tacos. They taste exactly the same but it’s a little bit better for you. If you think they don’t taste the same, you are probably thinking of vanilla Greek yogurt. There is little difference between plain Greek yogurt and sour cream.

Beans
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Yeah this is a weird comment. Store bought sour cream in the states is different to what I'm used to in Australia. It's more pungent and grainy in the US. I hated it. I had to buy smooth yogurt instead and that helped a little but even then it was not what I'm used to. I tried a few brands. The weird part is, places like taco time and taco bell had smooth sour cream that didn't taste like cheese. I just couldn't find any like it in the stores. (I probably needed to try more brands but i got sick of buying it)

Madbilby
Community Member
2 months ago

I have always believed that all yogurt was just milk with herpes.

Adriana Vigliotti
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Both are made via fermentation after the addition of healthy bacterial. Greek yogurt is strained and usually flavored while sour cream is not. Greek yogurt tends to be lower in fat and calories.

Xan Maranya
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The two are processed differently. Yogurt is milk fermented with two bacillus cultures. Sour cream may be just thickly soured milk, or fermented with a different culture.

sylvanticx
Community Member
2 months ago

greek yogurt is specifically BAD sour creme.

julia
Community Member
2 months ago

if i could i would upvote this 1000000 times!! it’s so sour! i personally dislike it

Ruby Davis
Community Member
2 months ago

My family has used plain Greek yogurt as “sour cream” for as long as I can remember and every so often when we get real sour cream it tastes the same

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

No.

Drive Bee
Community Member
2 months ago

What's wrong with that?

mpozi
Community Member
2 months ago

Whatever is being called "Greek yogurt" probably IS SOUR CREAM and, of course, it has nothing to do with the yogurt that exists in Greece from time immemorial, so the whole argument is actually misleading and with little relationship with facts.

Silre
Community Member
2 months ago

I use it instead of sour cream or mayonnaise. It makes great tuna salad.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
2 months ago

True yoghurt take like sour cream anyway

brandon sat
Community Member
2 months ago

ive never had kiwi flavored sour cream ;-)

Leigh C.
Community Member
2 months ago

You have not had sour cream then.

Something
Community Member
2 months ago

It can be used as a healthier substitute in most recipes.

Miss Willow
Community Member
2 months ago

I live in South Africa and even though we do have sour cream here, my family occasionally replaces it with double cream yoghurt because it tastes better. And it's even better in baking.

Fatér Dezső
Community Member
2 months ago

in some recipes where it's used cold they can be replaced as they have similar taste, but good luck swapping them in anything baked/cooked (might work)

Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 months ago

No it is'nt!

Josh Tall
Community Member
2 months ago

funny, but not true!

Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

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Lilith the Demon Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

it's not greek yogurt, it's TURKISH yogurt, greeks just stole it and pretend they invented it

Lilith the Demon Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

to the idiot that downvoted this: where do you think the word YOĞURT comes from??? it's turkish, greeks stole it just as they stole cacık (and renamed tzatziki because they couldn't even pronounce it right)

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Louloubelle
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think so. But when you're dieting, you can convince yourself that greek yogurt on a baked potato isn't bad.

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

As someone who once ran out of sour cream, but had some Greek yogurt...100% agree

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

I've always loved Greek yogurt, and o has my mother-

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Greek yogurt is what proper yogurt, y'know the one called kefir, is supposed to taste like. The artificially sweetened kind is not actually yogurt. And since sour cream and yogurt are basically spoiled milk, they obviously taste alike

William Teach
Community Member
2 months ago

Greek yogurt is actually not good for the environment, creates a lot of whey acid as a byproduct which ends in the waterways.

Helderder
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't they sell the whey?

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Nubis Knight
Community Member
2 months ago

Sour cream is greek yoghurt.

MantisGirl15
Community Member
2 months ago

My mom uses greek yogurt instead of sour cream on her tacos. Even when she serves it to guests, nobody can tell the difference!

Bow, I’m a Slytherclaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow... some people really disagree. Can we just - not downvote people cause of what food they like and dislike?

N G
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm not sure this is a like/dislike so much as the OP just being factually and objectively wrong. They may as well have said "milk comes from pigeons".

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

I don't know it, I just know they both taste yucky..

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UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah... I asked a Mexican friend of mine who lives in USA if Taco Bell was authentic when it comes to tacos and he said no, because Tacos aren't supposed to be in a hard shell

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howdylee
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2 months ago

them are fightin' words!

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Moreover, “Everyone will have their own view on what constitutes 'unusual.' Always important to make a distinction between what preferences might be a function of either religion or health relative to just more personal reasons,” Alex explained.

When it comes to chefs preparing very unusual orders, Alex said that whether the chef would agree to make a special order or not “totally depends on the circumstances (type of restaurant, price point, and expectation of the consumer).” Having said that, he added that “menus exist for a reason, in most cases.”

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𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚊
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2 months ago

I will fight you

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Watching
Community Member
2 months ago

This is totally true. In and out is mediocre.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Butter shovels.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Love a deep dish, but I love pizza. Even those greasy crackers that are NY style slices are good if you put one on top of another like a calzone.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Family makes bad meatloaf.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

Chipotle ranch is absurdly good.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

They shouldn't, but it's vital that they do.

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qwerty
Community Member
2 months ago

The sweet stuff? Yeah.

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

You're eating it wrong. Change your bread to something like toasted ciabatta.

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Friday
Community Member
2 months ago

A leftover roast and coleslaw sandwich is amazing!

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EagerPanda 🐼
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw hell nah, this guy wants to start a fight

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UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, I do love tea. But uuuuuh, I used to work as a baker and when you wake up at 4 in the morning tea isn't enough to wake you up

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Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

On the fence. Maybe they are too sweet, but they are so soft! They are literally air and sugar.

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Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

Tomatos ruin sandwiches most of the time, not cause of the taste, but cause of the extra moisture

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone has horrible taste buds... I will say, sweet potato fries are horrible and seem like something the Americans invented...but sweet potatoes are awesome

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