Why do some people hate Brussels sprouts?
Surprisingly, it could be your genes that determine your feelings about these controversial little vegetables.
Surprisingly, it could be your genes that determine your feelings about these controversial little vegetables. A 2011 study by Cornwall College found that sprouts contain a chemical, similar to phenylthiocarbamide, which only tastes bitter to people who have a variation of a certain gene. The research found that around 50 per cent of the world’s population have a mutation on this gene. The lucky half don’t taste the bitterness usually associated with sprouts, and therefore like them a whole lot more than everyone else.
James is staff writer at BBC Science Focus magazine. He especially enjoys writing about wellbeing and psychology.