Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap to Some People?

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Morenike Adebayo

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clockJun 25 2015, 20:34 UTC
753 Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap to Some People?
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The addition of the herb cilantro (or ‘coriander’ in the U.K.) can make or break a meal, taking a dish from a delectable cuisine to a dining disaster in a few bites.

Strangely, some people are adverse to cilantro because they perceive a soapy aftertaste. And, as it turns out, your genetics may play a role in whether you taste that odd flavor or not.


In a recent episode of SciShow, host Hank Green explains this oddity, which is based on research taken from the genetics firm 23andMe. Analyzing the genomes of nearly 30,000 people, the genetics company found that people who dislike cilantro may share a group of olfactory-receptor genes. To learn more, check out the SciShow video below.



[H/T: Laughing Squid]

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