Do You Hate Cilantro? It May Be Genetic.

Do You Hate Cilantro? It May Be Genetic.

Cambria Bold
May 24, 2012

Cilantro: you love it or you hate it. However, a new study finds it may not be as simple as that. This study, conducted by scientists at the University of Toronto, found that cilantro aversion varies dramatically between ethnic groups, and could have a genetic component.

Gizmodo recently reported on the study:

Those with East Asian roots, for instance, tend to be cilantro haters, with 21 percent disliking the herb. On the flip side, those with a Middle Eastern background are big fans, with only 3 percent finding the taste repellant. Caucasians, for what it's worth, sit closer to the hating end of spectrum, with 17 percent disliking the taste.

Is this study totally fool-proof? Not at all. While there's growing evidence linking cilantro aversion to a genetic trait, scientists have yet to pin-point the gene. The full results are published in Flavour.

Have you ever noticed if your cilantro love or hate runs in the family?

Read More: Is Cilantro Hating Genetic? at Gizmodo

Related: Cilantro: Why Is Its Taste So Polarizing?

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