Many people describe cilantro as tasting like soap so slipping a bit of the herb into a dish is seen as a culinary crime.

23andMe researchers have identified two genetic variants associated with aversion to cilantro in people of European ancestry.

These two variants are near genes that control the olfactory receptors that determine a person’s sense of smell.

23andMe Adds Four New Trait Reports

June 21, 2018
23andMe recently added to its growing list of more than two-dozen Trait Reports. Together, they help illustrate how our genetics influence more than just physical traits like the thickness of our hair, but also food preferences or certain behavioral traits.
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Good Morning Friend

June 11, 2015
They’ve been friends since the first grade, so Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, YouTube stars with their own daily show, decided to see if there might be some deeper explanation...
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New genetics variants found to influence cilantro preference

December 03, 2012
It isn’t just our political persuasions that divide us but our cilantro affiliations too. And it turns out that whether we like the herb or hate it has something to...
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Cilantro Love and Hate: Is it a Genetic Trait?

September 24, 2012
For some people, dining out can be a minefield for the tastebuds, and cilantro is often the culprit. Why do some people love cilantro, while others hate it with every fiber of their being? We put the cilantro taste question to about 50,000 23andMe customers, asking whether they liked the taste of cilantro and whether they thought cilantro had a soapy taste. When we compared the DNA of the cilantro haters to the DNA of cilantro lovers, we found a genetic variation associated with the trait.
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I Hate Cilantro

August 06, 2008
For years I believed that every Mexican restaurant my family took me to had some kind of problem with their dishwashing machine. Why else would the food always taste like...
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