There’s a general consensus as to what the most hated foods are, so we’ve compiled some of the least popular foods that you should perhaps give another chance because they are actually good for you.

1. Peanut Butter

Hate that stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth texture of peanut butter? You’re definitely not alone. In fact, there is even a name for this phobia – arachibutyrophobia. However, while it is not an essential dietary component, peanut butter does have many health benefits including its abilities to lower cholesterol and help ward off heart disease. To dilute the taste and stickiness of the spread, try mixing peanut butter into a satay sauce or adding to a salad dressing.

2. Avocados

Many people dislike the texture of avocados, however this healthy fruit is extremely high in vitamin E, potassium and essential fatty acids and is great for skin and heart health. To add avocado into your diet, try mixing the fruit into a tasty guacamole dip and serving with grilled pita bread wedges or crudités. Alternatively, try blending with lemon juice, oil and seasoning to make a healthy alternative to mayonnaise.

3. Broccoli

As with sprouts, broccoli’s reputation has been ruined for many of us by our common exposure to badly cooked forms of the veg. However, try ditching the soggy, boiled broccoli for a better recipe and you may find you actually change your mind. To reap the antioxidant benefits of this healthy veg, try lightly roasting broccoli with olive oil, garlic and seasoning for a crunchy, flavourful meal accompaniment.

4. Fish

Whether it’s the smell, the texture or those hidden bones, many kids hate fish and this can be something that sticks with us well into adulthood. However, fish is not only a great source of protein, but the oily kinds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which can contribute to a healthy heart and brain. To give fish a second chance, try serving it with a healthy marinade to enhance the flavour, or try a more “meaty” fish such as tuna steak.

5. Marmite

Marmite is famous for having its haters. However, the savory substance is an extremely healthy, versatile and diet-friendly spread. Not only is it low in fat and calories, but marmite is packed with B vitamins which are good for the nervous system, mood and energy levels. If you want to give it a go but find the taste too strong, dilute marmite by adding to a savory sauce, or try making marmite muffins or bread.

6. Mushrooms

Many people claim to hate the texture or taste of mushrooms. However, if you can get past this, you could be doing your health a big favour. Mushrooms are not only a good source of protein, they are rich in B vitamins and are the only vegetable to naturally contain Vitamin D. To give the healthy fungi another shot, try using it as an ingredient in burgers to help disguise their texture.

7. Celery

Celery is a commonly disliked vegetable. However, the crunchy veg is packed with nutrients (vitamin K, potassium and folate), is low in calories and can help lower blood pressure. To reap these health benefits, try sneaking some celery into your diet by adding to blended soup. Not only will this help disguise the texture of celery, but with the accompaniment of other tasty ingredients you will hardly know it’s there.

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