We really do try to prioritize eating healthy food — but sometimes we hear about dishes that are supposedly good for you that are, honestly, just weird. At times, they even veer into totally creepy territory. And while we’re sure that they are actually packed with protein or fiber or whatever it is, there’s still just about no chance that you can convince us that we should actually be eating them. Sorry, we just can’t do it.
And we’re not just talking about kale, by the way. We can learn to love a good kale salad or quinoa-crust pizza if we haven’t already acquired the taste. But certain dishes are just beyond the palate. For instance, take the news about cockroach milk we heard just the other day. Apparently, it’s good for you. Like, really good for you.
“They have found this crystal inside this cockroach… They’ve found out it’s actually composed of protein, and also lipid – or fats – and lots of sugars,” Professor John Carver, the Director of Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University explained to SBS. “There’s the three components that are really important for nutrition, and so it’s a highly nutritious source of food for the growing cockroach.”
It sounds like an amazing scientific discovery. And we’re sure it really is good for you. But, uh, there’s just no way you’re going to convince us to drink milk from a cockroach. We don’t care if it’s sourced directly through a cockroach or reproduced through fancy, scientific advances that can produce it with no real cockroaches involved. Sorry, scientists, we’re going to have to pass on this superfood.
Cockroach milk isn’t the only gross healthy food where we draw the line, though. Check out the gallery below to see other seriously healthy foods that we just can’t be convinced to try.
Healthy Food Eating Tripe
The actual flavor of tripe is pretty inoffensive — but the fact that it's the lining of a cow's stomach is enough to upset ours. It's low calorie, high in protein, and a good source of amino acid, sure, but it's also really chewy. And, frankly, those holes in the texture of the meat totally freak us out.
Healthy Food Eating Kefir
Kefir is a fermented milk drink, and that description alone is enough to give us pause. Yeah, yeah, we know that's technically what yogurt is too. Kefir grains contain plenty of bacteria (that's the part that's good for you, since it's probiotic — though the milk is obviously full of calcium, too) and aren't actually "grains" per se. They're more like gooey little beads you can eat. Sure, you could dress this up and flavor it into something bearable. But we'd rather just not.
Healthy Food Eating Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil
People literally take cod liver oil as a health supplement, but there's a reason they had to pack it into little pills instead of having people eat it with their food like olive oil. And that reason is because it taste pretty gross. It may be full of Vitamin D and Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. But it's not coming anywhere near us.
Healthy Food Eating Natto
Natto is chock full of vitamin K, which means it can help reduce bone loss, enhance liver function, and plenty of other good stuff. But it's also made from fermented soybeans that then get all mushy and musty. Seriously — people have actually described the taste as "musty." So, healthy or not, we're going to give it a big "no thanks" at dinner time.
Healthy Food Eating Black Pudding
We're going to go ahead and start with the fact that black pudding is also sometimes called blood sausage. So that alone is enough to raise some red flags for us. But then we remember it's made from actual blood (usually pig blood), and no amount of protein levels or high zinc and iron content can convince us to take even the smallest taste.
Healthy Food Eating Durian
This bizarre looking fruit is packed with folic acid, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A and C — plenty of good stuff. And, to be clear, it's not just its weird look that we can't get over. It's also the smell. Like, it smells so bad that you're not allowed to eat it on public transportation in Singapore. So we'll probably just stick with eating an orange or something instead.
Healthy Food Eating Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is full of Vitamins A, C, and E as well as calcium, iron, and magnesium. But a tiny shot of blended up grass is going to be a hard sell for us. And let's not pretend that anybody likes the taste of wheatgrass in the first place.
Healthy Food Eating Shirako
You can find shirako most often at sushi places, and if you don't know what it is, you might be tricked into eating the salty, tender dish. It's got an omega-3-omega-6 ratio that's so good for you, it's been made into dietary supplements. But, just so you know, shirako is a name for, uh — and there's no good way to say this — fish testicles. Need we say more?