Sometimes.  Stuart Persons explains:

The taste buds tell the body which foods to avoid.  Poisonous plants are often intensely bitter, or uncomfortably sweet.  Gas, dishwashing soap and the like would make you turn green and stick out your tongue in disgust.  Should you eat food that tastes bad?  Voluntarily, I mean, not out of politeness or by mistake?  Should anyone for any reason choose to eat food that doesn’t taste good?

Mr. Yuck hates the tastes of gases and window cleaner

A few weeks ago, we made the mistake of departing from our usual fare of basmati or jasmine rice, and purchased a twenty-five pound bag of Blue Ribbon par-boiled rice.  I don’t know what it means to par-boil something, but the purchase was a mistake.  The rice is either mealy when cooked thoroughly or crunchy when left long to simmer.   My girlfriend avoids it, and rightfully so. I eat it, but only because we have it.  I take a tupperware container full of it, slathered in soy sauce and sriracha, to work with me, and though it doesn’t taste good, it gets me by.  But it is because it doesn’t taste good that I stay full for the rest of the day: I don’t want food, I think after lunch, I know what food’s like, and I don’t want food.

The money I used to spend on food went to recreation.  It was better this way.  Though I was underfeeding myself,  I was able to go out and have a good time.  But the hedonism, as it always does, wore on me.  It was against the spirit of par-boiled parsimony.

I applied the principle to beer.  A beer is a standard companion; rice in the day, and beer at night.  So plentiful while it clutters the fridge, and so scarce when none is left.  I bought a six pack Michelob Ultra, only three grams of  something and about 90 calories, little more than hops, chewing gum, and water, and it lasted me three nights.  I was doing well, but it didn’t taste good.  Every sip make me sad that it didn’t taste better.  But, I got used to it somehow.  Two beers a night, even bad-tasting ones, are in the neighborhood of the straight and narrow.

The question became not should I eat food that doesn’t taste good, but how  do I learn to tolerate it?  I consulted web-sites.  Wikihow had  several suggestions.  Last on the list, was Practice:

“With food or drink you do not want to taste, try eating it beforehand, with food you like. Mainly used for liquids. Try water to practice. Take a gulp, and swallow quickly. The taste spends less time on your tongue, and although it may still not taste good, it will make the taste disappear quicker than most methods.”

But I could not imagine myself before meals, practicing to eat foods that didn’t taste good.  The other suggestions went much in the same way: “Use a straw.”  “Exale.”  “Map out your tongue.”  Map out my tongue?  On the wall, like a dictator? No thanks.  Then:

“Drink a strong alcoholic drink. A drink with a high alcohol concentration (like whiskey at proof strength) anaesthetizes the nose and sears the tongue”

So many problems, I thought, are resolved by the same answer.

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