I have a confession to make: I was one of the many people who despised raw tomatoes. I mean, even the taste and smell of them could make my head spin. My parents believed that my tomato-hating senses were just a phase and that I was being a melodramatic child (which I probably was). Yet, the thought of biting into a cherry-red tomato and releasing all of its contents into my mouth, made me want to vomit.
At a friend’s house or during a dinner party, my host would kindly add raw tomatoes on my plate. It’s from the garden, full of juices and completely fresh, they would tell me. Trying my hardest not to throw-up in front of my hostess, I devised a hack. (For all you tomato-lovers out there, you may need to close your eyes or cover your ears for the next part).
- Step one, slice the raw tomato in half.
- Step two, use the flat surface of your knife and squeeze any of the remaining liquid contents out onto your plate.
- Step three, mince the remaining flesh and add it your creation to another item on your plate (if there is one).
And viola, pretend like it’s chunky salsa and take a bite!
Looking back at this arduous and surgical procedure, I can’t help but laugh. Most of the time, anyone watching me eat, would immediately realize my distaste for tomatoes. Which would then prompt the question: Why don’t you like them? They taste so good!
Eventually the tomato-lover will acknowledge and accept your indifference. If only for the time being.
It was only after I had conducted my hacking procedure, later that same night, that they would be appalled; I would run my routine with a raw tomato and then cheat by lathering my burger and fries with ketchup. What was the difference?
Well, let me tell what the difference is: KETCHUP DOESN’T TASTE LIKE A RAW TOMATO.
The amount of sugar and preservatives that are added to a squirt of Heinz ketchup shoves the key-player to the side. Did you know that only 40% of the condiment is actually made out of tomato concentrate?
This is how much sugar is in 100 grams of ketchup:
22 grams = 6 teaspoons
Whatever happened to the other 60%?
I am currently trying my best to live a raw and healthy lifestyle. And because of this, I have gradually learnt how to stay away from preservatives in tomato-flavored foods (granted, I still enjoy indulging in a bit of ketchup).
But now, as I reach my twenties, I have decided to begin the grueling path of food rediscovery. And along it, I am learning how to love raw tomatoes. It has taken a lot of time and effort, but I think that I am overcoming my initial repulsion.
Now, I am sorry to say, I have been converted to the dark side.
So, if you were anything like my former myself, a person who loved salsa verde but couldn’t stand the thought of tomato soup, or added way too much ketchup to their burger and shuddered at the thought of pico de gallo, or had a required chop-size for making salsa, you are not alone my friend.
From a former tomato-hater turned tomato-lover, it is possible to change.
Believe me, I am living proof.
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