It doesn't take long after you become a vegetarian for the taste of meat to feel weird. What form that takes varies. For some, the texture becomes unbearably disgusting or the smell is rancid. For others, the smell of a burger could make them fill a kiddie pool with drool.
The Facts. YouTube channel decided to film these responses and elicited the full range of reactions from their panel. They brought in three vegetarians to taste meat for the first time in a long, long while. One taste tester hadn't tasted flesh in three decades. Another had been basically meat-free for five years. The last is new to the game, having only been a vegetarian for a year.
Some of the reactions are total and constant disgust. "This is my memory of meat. That you're chewing and chewing and it's not going anywhere," says the vegetarian who hadn't eaten meat in 30 years. Another keeps finding reluctant pleasure, even if there's a bit of a disgust factor. "The texture was much better than steak because it's a baby," she says when faced with veal.
It's amusing and shows how quickly tastes change when you completely cut a food out of your diet. Watch the full video above.
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