Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NY Times: Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault

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Some people may be genetically predisposed to dislike cilantro, according to often-cited studies by Charles J. Wysocki of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. But cilantrophobe genetics remain little known and aren't under systematic investigation. Meanwhile, history, chemistry and neurology have been adding some valuable pieces to the puzzle.
 
Modern cilantrophobes tend to describe the offending flavor as soapy rather than buggy. I don't hate cilantro, but it does sometimes remind me of hand lotion. Each of these associations turns out to make good chemical sense.
 
Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.


full @ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

 

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