- Author: Sherida Phibbs
It was not until years later; I discovered the proper way of preparing Brussels sprouts. Do not overcook them! As Brussels sprouts cook a sulfur compound is released and the more this vegetable cooks the odor intensifies. When you properly prepare Brussels sprouts, you eliminate the sulfur odor.
Is it possible that the reason it is disliked by half of the population be genetic? Possibly.
UK's Cornwall world-renowned Eden Project did a study back in 2011. Scientists discovered a genetic reason why possibly people love or loath Brussels sprouts. It contains a chemical called phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) which tastes bitter to people who have a variation of a certain gene. This study revealed that the gene that controls the taste sensitivity (TAS2R38) along with the PTC gives bitterness to the tongue. The research found that around fifty percent of the world's population have a mutation of this gene. Meaning, the lucky half with the mutated gene do not taste the bitterness. Apparently, I have this mutated gene because I enjoy a properly prepared dish of Brussels sprouts.
Bottom line, Brussels sprouts are not everyone's cup of tea.
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