well cooked vegetables are now good for you as you can absorb the nutrients more easily.
That's assuming you don't cook all the nutrients away when you cook them. :)
Still what can you expect from a nation that puts maple syrup on bacon.
Unfortunately, most Americans would be putting high fructose corn syrup on the bacon- hardly any actual maple syrup in the bottle. :( (And yes, I admit to being one of those, before I actually read the ingredients.)
Back on track, I thought tomatoes were wretched when I was a kid. (Of course, ketchup was great!) Now I absolutely love them (although most of the ones you find in stores are crap, unless they're organic, from a local farm, or heirloom) and rarely use ketchup.
Then again, I had a very narrow selection of what I would eat as a kid. Outside that narrow selection, I KNEW I didn't like it- I didn't even need to try it to know I didn't like it. Of course, now I know better. Luckily, I have tried a wide range of foods since then and discovered that most of them are actually pretty good!
Then: fish sticks, canned tuna
Now: salmon, fresh tuna, catfish, bass, trout sea bass, sushi, calamari, squid, oysters, clams, scallops (in a hurry will use fish sticks in tacos and sometimes add canned tuna to other dishes)
Then: apples, bananas, rarely watermelon (hated the seeds), corn, mashed potatoes, French fries
Now: spinach, arugula, tomatoes, bananas, cherries, cranberries, sweet potatoes, peppers (green, red, yellow), squash, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, cauliflower- just about anything (although still don't like beets that much)
Then: burgers, hot dogs, chicken, turkey
Now: (only eat red meat 2-3 times/month these days and rarely anything processed and portions of meat are much smaller than before) leaner meats, bison, chicken, turkey, pork
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 4:51 pm (utc) on Jul 6, 2011]