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It all boils down to inbuilt proclivities, instincts and prejudices !!I too eat with my eyes.....and I suspect that somewhere deep inside it's a defense mechanism to protect us from eating stuff which is going to cause us harm. (Like wifeys cooking for instance !!)Some I speculate are very basic rudimentary instincts, others, from quite an early age are learned. Culturally and anthropologically we all have ' learned ' instincts of what is attractive on the eye or not.Though, it's interesting to know that once tried, the aversionary (new word ?) instinct weakens and is replaced by a happy acceptance. In some tribes they think nothing of eating a grub from a tree and may start to heave when they see us eating a chicken ....
so you see what i mean about mashed potatoes! lol
I don't eat seafood (except tinned tuna, and roll mops - not together usually); but it has nothing to do with that they look like - I don't like the smell or texture (I'm told that seafood straight out of the sea does not have the strong smell we associate with seafood, but the texture still is wrong for me).For the look of it, fish in batter does not look that different from meat in batter (e.g. wiener schnitzel) - yes, it is different, but not that much that I would worry about it - but I still cannot eat it.When I was in Brussels (in 1994), my then French teacher had her boyfriend cook me a gourmet salmon and mashed potato - I tried very hard to get it down because of all the effort he had gone to to cook it, but I just couldn't - each mouthful was more difficult than the last, and after a few, I just had to give up. It did not look bad at all, I just could not cope with the texture in my mouth.
i can't eat seafood. it all looks absolutely disgusting to me. on the other hand, mashed potatoes always look good but i can't make myself swallow them. way too mushy. same thing with oatmeal and bananas.