Hate Cilantro? Blame Your Genes

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Cilantro might be one of the most controversial herbs out there. For a certain percentage of the population (estimated to be somewhere between four and 14 percent), the leafy green makes everything it touches taste like soap.

Why does it affect some people and not others? Turns out it’s genetic.

Scientists, along with the gene-sequencing company 23andMe, compared the genetics of people who hated cilantro, and found that a few genes related to the sense of smell and taste (specifically those genes that affect how we smell aldehydes).

To get the full explanation, watch the video from SciShow below.

Read more: Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap? from SciShow on YouTube