Originally Posted by riverscout
I think some people are just more sensitive to flavor and texture differences, particularly children who have very sharp taste buds.
I definitely think the crusts taste and feel different. I mean the outside of the bread was exposed to direct heat so it is a completely different texture and tastes more...oh I dunno how to describe it really...cooked I guess
. Basically it has more flavor as opposed to the milder tasting inside.
Now even when I was a child and was a picky eater, I rarely had a problem with bread crusts, but I can totally see how a child could have an aversion based on the texture issue alone. Texture was a big issue for me.
I guess what I don't get is why most people would be willing to accept that their child does not like certain foods like brussels sprouts or lamb chops or other foods with strong flavors or unusual textures, but somehow it's unacceptable or some kind of character flaw if a kid doesn't like bread crusts. (not picking on you Yooper, thats just the vibe I've gotten from some on this thread) I mean if you don't like something, you don't like it. It really doesn't matter that someone else thinks that you should like it or that it isn't that bad. I don't think most kids who are refusing to eat crusts just doing it to be insolent or something. Maybe it's just the "waste" issue, but there are so many ways to resolve that.
(PS - I was the kind of kid that would just eat he outermost part of an apple because most of it felt like core to me
. I'm better now though)
Oh, I do agree with you. I know it shouldn't bother me. I wish it didn't in fact. It just does. I would never act on it....other than cut my fully-grown dh's fruit for him
I know people have sensitivities. I certainly did as a child. Just not about bread crust
Not "getting it" and actually acting on that attitude are two different things. My dd is about the least picky child I have ever encountered and for that I thank my stars because it happens to be a pet peeve of mine. But, I would deal with it respectfully if she were picky. I was forced to eat things I did not like as a child (the one bite rule) and it was purposeless torture. I chewed one bite of asparagus for a half hour once because I just could not bring myself to swallow it and could not figure out where to spit it out without getting caught. I strongly agree with the posters on this thread that believe it is never OK to force someone to eat something. But it can still silently bug me
FTR, I do like asparagus now in spite of being forced to eat it. I was feeling bad about slamming one of my now-favorite veggies