Adam Richman Says This Is The Worst Food He's Ever Eaten

Taste can be incredibly subjective. And while we often look to chefs and TV personalities to tell us what is good and what is not, taste is in the tongue of the beholder. According to Amateur Gourmet, this subject has been debated time and time again, arguing that some in the cooking world agree that there are certain universal truths about flavor, like the so-called fact that "sweet things and creamy things go well together."

But evidence points to the fact that some things just can't be explained or accepted. Chrissy Teigen, a model turned food personality and cookbook author, doesn't like pancakes, a dish that is arguably one of the top 10 breakfast foods in America (just ask And while many mock what's commonly called American cheese, Chef Alex Guarneschelli sings its praises. All this to say that while certain foods may be delicacies in some places, they may be a bit more controversial in others. Enter Adam Richman, original host of "Man v. Food," who says the least favorite food he's had is a common meal in Japan.

Eating with your eyes

If it's true that we eat with our eyes, its understandable (based on his description of what he saw) why Richman may not be a fan of this popular food, natto. As Richman explained on "Sway in the Morning" (via YouTube), "It looks like someone else ate it before you and was like 'I don't like this' and then gave it to you to eat. It smells like earth and snot..." A ringing endorsement. 

Natto, however, while unpleasant to Richman and some others, is actually a common, traditional breakfast food served in Japan, according to The Drinks Business. It's made from fermented soy beans and comes with a "powerful smell, strong flavour, and sticky, slimy texture." And while it may not be the prettiest food on the plate, it's actually very healthy. Healthline outlines the benefits it brings including a high probiotic count due to its fermentation, tons of protein, and other great additions such as "Manganese, Iron, Copper, Vitamin K1, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium, Zinc [and] Selenium."

So while Richman may knock it, it may be worth getting used to the odd-seeming texture for those incredible nutritional benefits alone.