The Top 5 Disgusting Exotic/Health Foods

Published: March 17, 2014

No matter where you go in the world, there will inevitably something your pallate cannot handle and even the natives might not enjoy it, either! During my travels and switch to healthier eating I've encountered my fair share of distusting exotic or health foods and here are the top 5:

  1. Vegemite/Marmite

    Ah, Australia's vitamin spread that tastees like geritol with beef bullion! This disgusting spread is usually served on toast at breakfast with bangers and rash (beans and thick cut bacon) and was developed in an attempt to get people more essential nutrients in the arid deserts of the Outback. What ended up happening is an atrocity to the human tastebuds and an abomination to the stomach of any living creature!


  2. Kale Chips

    Many vegetables make good crisps, straw chips, and snacks, but this is not one of them. The Kale Chips I tried did not taste as much like Kale as it did like raw dehydrated nori (seaweed wrap for suhi). The flavor was not only disgusting, salty, but it made my mouth drier than any mecication!


  3. Poi (Poi-poi)

    Made from taro root and served alongside incredibly delicious and exotic tropical foods at luaus, this disgusting pale, purple slimy dish is probably what was scraped off of the cooler side of Mount Kilauea. While some people find the dish sweet and there are other variations with fruit additivies, but the traditional poi is nothing more than rock-vomit.

  4. Smart Dogs

    The vegetarian version of hot-dogs that is not the delicious Yves brand, this floppy, nearly tasteless and rubbery wiener is not going to fool a meat eater or please a vegetarian. Smart dogs can be easily put on grills for a charcoal-flavored plastic effect!

  5. Corn Pasta

    Going 'gluten free' has been difficult for me, but after trying non-GMO corn-made pasta, I've decided to stick to rice. Why? Not only is the flavor of corn-based pasta bland and inspid, but it also sticks to itself even when instructions are followed to keep the pasta from getting too gelatinous. Gelatinous, lumpy, and disgusting pasta . . . not something you want to replace even the worst symptoms of a gluten allergy!


While your tastes might be different, most others that have tried these products as well from my perspective (an American with a well-established pallate) seem to feel the same way. However, even though they are disgusting, these foods are worth trying at least once just for the experience!