->"How come everything I ''don't'' like is good for me and everything I ''do'' isn't?!"
-->-- '''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]''', ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''
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Think back to when you were a kid. Remember some of the foods you [[StockYuck really did not wanna eat for dinner]], but had to choke down anyway? You obviously wondered why of course you had to eat such things, but it was healthy. If it was healthy, then ''why on earth did it taste so freaking bad?''

Well, if it tastes bad, it ''must'' be good for you! There is some TruthInTelevision here, as many people portray health food as being healthy, but tasting extremely terrible. In fact, there is some health food that ''is'' considered tasty, but many health foods are heavily fortified with vitamins to make them even healthier. This also makes them taste rather... unpalatable as some of those nutrients (such as B vitamins) can taste bad because they are in higher amounts than normal and there is ''no'' covering up the flavor. Ironically, it's the highly-processed, vitamin-fortified "health foods" that tend to cost the most, taste the worst, and have the most potential to actually injure you. Plain plant- or animal-based food is mouthwatering in comparison. There's also the matter of preparation; since some vegetables that are ''very'' good for you taste absolutely ''terrible'' to some people if you prepare them in a certain way. (Carrots, for example, are known for absorbing flavor when they are cooked with something.)

Sometimes, it may not taste bad, but ''bland''. TruthInTelevision; as some very healthy foods are quite bland (depending on what you do with them, anyway; investing in a good spice rack and cookbook can work miracles.)

In fiction, this trope is played with because the characters will retch when eating health food or react with disgust when they try it. Or the health food will wind up not being as good as they are told.

Kids often react badly to health food because many kids are {{picky eater}}s naturally. (Having so many taste buds doesn't help either, so that vegetable you eat only because it's healthy will taste ''even worse'' to them.) Not only is it new and unfamiliar, but the smell also won't help.

A further {{irony}} of health food is that you can actually get sick ''from'' some kinds if you eat too much. Yes, it is possible. It's called an overdose. Some overdoses are more fatal than others, thankfully. (You won't die from overdosing on a Vitamin C superdrink, but if you take too much Vitamin A, then you ''CAN'' die of poisoning.)

But, of course, the trope plays out making fun of how unhealthy foods seem to taste much better than most healthy foods, and some people may be addicted to other unhealthy foods.

The trope's name comes from a line by [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Brainy]] [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurf]], said in the episode "Jokey's Funny Bone" while he was trying to shovel health food down an unwilling Smurf's throat.

This goes hand in hand with AWeightyAesop, formerly named "If It Tastes Good, It Must Be Bad For You". See also MiseryBuildsCharacter.



* Buckley's Cough Syrup uses this trope as a marketing campaign. "It tastes awful, [[EarWorm but it works]]"
* A commercial for Chef Boyardee products from the early 90's featured a young Boyardee being served slop in a primitive cafeteria, then being kicked out when he asked the cafeteria lady why everything that was good for him had to taste so bad.
* Invoked in a series of Scope commercials from the 1970's. They would open with {{Flashback}} scenes of a child complaining that his/her mouthwash tasted bad, and the mother answering, "If it tasted good, it wouldn't work." Cut to present day and that child as an adult, still using the same bad-tasting mouthwash, when friends clue them in that Scope tastes good but works.
** Also invoked by Listerine, which doesn't necessarily taste ''bad'' so much as mouth-burningly alcoholic, but uses that to convince people it's strong and encourage them to use it because "You can handle it. Germs can't."

* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. If it's nutritious there's a good chance that it'll taste so amazing that you'll want to try even more weird things.
** Chimera tear-cola anyone? Or cloud veggies?
* In ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', Hana hates vegetables but has to eat them to restore and maintain her magical strength. [[spoiler:The BigBad herself had a similar problem in her past.]]
* Quack doctor Dr. Hiruluk lampshades this trope about medicine in ''Manga/OnePiece''. He is served a soup made of a supposedly healing mushroom by his student Chopper, and then Chopper asks him how it tastes. Hiruluk replies that it tastes terribly, and Chopper gets appalled, but then he points out that medicine only works if it tastes bad. Chopper's self-confidence as an aspiring doctor is restored. However, in the end, it's horribly subverted as [[spoiler:the mushroom actually was an extremely poisonous one, which was probably the real reason it tasted bad, but that's a whole other story]].
* In the Creator/StudioGhibli film ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the title character shares a bushel of nuts with her newfound friend Asbel. Asbel, who is not a native to Nausicaa's country and thus is unused to the nuts, immediately finds that they taste terrible. Lampshaded in the dub, as Asbel shoves a whole handful into his mouth and then laments jokingly, "Why is it that everything that's good for you tastes so bad?"
* Overlapped with LethalChef by Sakura Haruno from Naruto. When making food pills for Naruto, she obsessed over making them health to the point where they were completely inedible. She makes the same mistake in an Omake, ruining the chocolate Hinata was making for Naruto and forcing her to give it to her teammates.
* An episode of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', Shin tries to win a contest run by his favorite cartoon. In an apparent attempt to sell them, the game pieces come not in sugary cereals, but in packs of sausages with green pepper. Shin responds to these saying green pepper, "Tastes like feet". Arguable how healthy the sausage itself is.
* In ''Manga/ThreeLeavesThreeColors'', Kou seems to believe in that, and tends to put allegedly healthy, but unappetizing foods such as natto into anything she makes. This is why her food is incredibly bad.

* Creator/AbbottAndCostello's WhosOnFirst has Abbott try to convince Costello to go on a diet:
-->'''Abbott:''' You should really go on a diet. You know what a diet is, don't you?
-->'''Costello:''' Sure, that's where you can eat all you want of everything you don't like.

[[folder: Comic Strips]]
* In a ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' strip in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine, Carson prepares healthy snacks for the gaming group, in place of the usual pizza and potato chips. They take one taste and immediately declare their intent to [[DisproportionateRetribution kill Carson's character]].

* Averted in the ''Literature/HarryPotter''/''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' fanfic [[http://www.foreverfandom.net/viewstory.php?sid=44&textsize=0&chapter=1 The Best Defense]]. Harry is rushed to the hospital wing after swallowing a mouthful of foul-tasting, poisonous moss that had been used to gag him. Shortly afterward, Hiei gives him a "quick lesson in survival [...] If it doesn't taste edible, it probably isn't."

* ''Film/CrocodileDundee'':
-->'''Mick Dundee:''' ''[a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goanna goanna]] is sizzling over a fire. Sue looks ill]'' How do you like your goanna? Medium? Well done?
-->'''Sue Charlton:''' You don't really expect me to eat that?!
-->'''Mick:''' Yeah, it's great. Yeah, try some of these yams, try the grubs and the sugar ants. Just bite the end off, they're really sweet. Black fellas love 'em.
-->'''Sue:''' ''[tentatively tries a large beetle]'' What about you, aren't you having any?
-->'''Mick:''' Me? ''[[[HypocriticalHumor Mick starts working on a tin with his knife]]]'' Well, you can live on it, but it taste like shit.
* Played with in the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'':
-->'''Dr. Melik:''' ''listing items Miles [Allen] had requested for breakfast'' ... wheat germ, organic honey, and... Tiger's Milk.\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or... hot fudge?\\
'''Dr. Aragon:''' Those were thought to be unhealthy... precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.\\
'''Dr. Melik:''' Incredible!
** Allen plays an owner of a health food store - he claims the awful food served in 2173 would've sold well there.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Referenced in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', when Rincewind accidentally invents Vegemite: "Probably full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. Most things you couldn't believe the taste of generally were."
** The ''Discworld Almanack'', in its article listing two dozen different varieties of cabbage, says the Autumn Reliant "tastes foul, because it is stuffed full of vitamins".
* The novel LiverCookies has the two protagonists decide, if everything that's unhealthy is tasty, and everything healthy is disgusting, why not put the two together and make food that tastes like junk food but has the nutritional value of healthy food? Their first invention is, of course, [[TitleDrop liver cookies]]. They call it Healthy Junk ([=HJ=] for short, figuring that everyone will think it's the founders initials).
* Cram, first mentioned in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', was a nutritious biscuit-like iron ration that never went bad, invented by the Lakemen. Unfortunately, it wasn't interesting to eat, "except as a chewing exercise". (Lembas bread was an elven version that tasted better, but even Sam and Frodo got tired of it after a while.)
* In H.H. Munro ([-AKA-] Creator/{{Saki}})'s "Filboid Studge" the eponymous food is foul-tasting; a clever advertisement campaign uses exactly that fact to induce people to eat it, as a kind of moral duty.
* Zenna Henderson's "The Taste of Aunt Sophronia" is about this. One of the Explorer probes returned to earth bearing a mysterious disease which killed men and children. Women lived, but spent the rest of their lives in horrific pain. They were put into stasis, to be awakened to test possible cures. Thiela reminisces about her aunt, the "Weed Woman", who made horrible herbal brews. Once the subject of a thesis by a medical student, Aunt Sophronia's recipes and explanations were microfilmed, and Thiela kept a copy. A general recipe for a potion that is "good for what ails you" and tastes like shit turns out to be the answer... at least for some.
-->''At the last accounting, there were a total of 187 diseases or malfunctions for which Sophronium is the specific. These conditions vary widely and seem to have no relation to each other except in that they can all be cured by Sophronium. Perhaps Aunt Sophronia is pleased to know that the taste is still there. How can you tell it's medicine unless it tastes bad?''
* In ''[[Literature/WinnieThePooh The House at Pooh Corner]]'', Roo hates his "strengthening medicine" (malt extract). Subverted when it turns out to be the only thing Tiggers like to eat. Double subverted at the end, when we're told that Kanga regularly feeds Tigger some of Roo's breakfast as medicine when the ''only'' thing we know about Tigger and Roo's breakfast is that he doesn't like the taste.
* One of Dave Barry's articles postulates that health foods cause you to lose weight by being so disgusting that your body refuses to believe that what you're eating is actually food and goes off looking for fat to burn instead.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' as "If it's good for you, it must taste bad". The witch Nikita buys {{Healing Potion}}s from deliberately makes them disgusting to discourage Nikita from throwing herself in situations that may require using them.
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': Polgara the Sorceress swears by this trope. She argues that if medicine tasted good, people might feel compelled to get sick more often just to get more of it.
* Medicines in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels bounce back and forth between averting this trope and playing it straight. The normal remedy for overstraining one's psychic abilities tastes absolutely horrible. Most Healers will provide a "chaser" with no medical properties but which will clear the taste out of a patient's mouth; one character who needs the potion because he just invoked WhatAnIdiot gets the potion but ''not'' the palate-cleanser. On the other hand, when Karal is flattened by overstrain he's assured that potions for stomach ulcers are deliberately made to be tasty (it's the only way to get people who need them to take them).
* Consciously done in ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s "The Last Centurion", where there is wide-spread famine, and the main character assists in creating Kula Bars: highly nutritious (one bar will feed an adult human for a full day), and tastes stomach-wrenchingly vile. As the main character puts it, "The Kula Bar in all four revolting flavors: Piss yellow, leprous green, horrible horrible blue and that truly stomach-turning red". This was done deliberately because they wanted these bars to be food of last resort, to get people to go out and actually find/grow/whatever real food, and not depend on being given these bars as their only form of subsistence.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' throws this one completely out the window. Little Pete overdoses on creamed corn (apparently based on the notion that it's weapons-grade nasty, so logically it must be tremendously bad for him) to get out of going to a school dance his parents are pressuring him to participate in. He has to have his stomach pumped to prevent a fatal case of creamed corn poisoning ("Creamed corn isn't the answer, son!" declares the doctor). He ends up going to the dance anyway, as the resulting "gut-kludge" emits a radioactive green glow, and he sets up a table near the restrooms charging dancegoers a fee to see it.
* [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]] was once explaining medicinal properties of various plants. Taking a bite of lemon, as his face scrunched up he said "It's got to be good for you..."
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' had some fun with this trope from time to time, including one moment where Clair got Cliff to try rice cakes:
--> '''Clair''': Zero salt, zero sugar, zero cholesterol.
--> '''Cliff''': Zero taste.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' had a moment in "Mother Natures Son" where Del-Boy (Who lives almost exclusively on fried food, takeaways and alcohol) reacts to his brother Rodney's revelation that he and his wife Cassandra like the health food from the organic store with "Oh, well that must be very appetizing then. Knowing that everything on your plate was once underneath a big pile of horse shit!".
* Played for laughs in the background of ''Series/TheXFiles''; Scully is portrayed as being a health nut, and will eat things that completely baffle and disgust her partner, Mulder. Including stirring bee pollen into her yogurt, even though Mulder tells her she's a scientist and should know better.
* On an episode of ''Series/That70sShow'', Red must go on a diet after having a heart attack, and when Kitty serves the usual meat-and-potatoes fare to the rest of the family, she gives Red a plate of what looks like overcooked green vegetables. Red looks at it with disgust and says, "this isn't food, this is what food eats!"
* In the season 3 premiere of ''Series/TheNewsroom'', Will is upset when he finds out that Mac has had his breakfast order of French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon ''with a side of bacon'' and Dr. Pepper, replaced with Greek yoghurt, a gluten-free muffin, hardboiled eggs, one third of a banana and green tea.
* Generally when a contestant on a cooking game show specializes in healthy food (or if there's a challenge to make healthy food), they'll acknowledge this trope exists, then proceed to demonstrate that healthy food doesn't have to taste bad. ''Series/TopChef'' had a memorable example with Andrea, who even though she did get eliminated about halfway through had successful dishes and was liked by most of the other people there ''because'' of her passion for making healthy food.
** Subverted on ''Series/IronChef US: Battle Broccoli'', when the challenger was a vegetarian who swore up and down that healthy food could be tasty... but in practice, used so much butter ''her kitchen ran out of it'' during the contest.
* On ''Series/IDidntDoIt'', the characters invent a spray that makes healthy food taste good. They succeed too, and take their invention to a ''Shark Tank'' style TV show. Unfortunately they decided they needed to do one more thing to guarantee their success: make the spray blue, because kids love colourful things. Whatever they added to turn it blue causes a VomitIndiscretionShot.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Brent is unsure whether or not he likes chicken Kiev after trying it for the first time, until he's told that it's unhealthy. He immediately decides he loves it.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A comic strip of ''TheBornLoser'' has a kid say, "Is this food good for you?" and when his parents say, "Yes, why?" the kid responds, "Because this tastes very, very awful."
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' plays with this trope a lot. Calvin's mom prepares what looks to be a large mush of unidentifiable food that Calvin refuses to eat, but his mom insists is healthy. One strip even has Calvin refuse to eat a vegetarian meal because he's not a vegetarian. (He's a dessertarian.)
** Then, of course, there's the one with the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny green glop that starts reciting]] {{Hamlet}}...
** Calvin's parents sometimes trick him into eating by telling him that it's actually [[NightmareFetishist monkey brains, toxic waste or spider pie]].
** On the other hand, even as wild as Calvin's imagination runs, his mom very well could be a LethalChef. Most of the dinners she serves in the strip look like unidentifiable amorphous blobs, and even his ''dad'' comments on how terrible the food is on occasion. Given that Calvin has gotten genuinely ill from her food, her bad-tasting food might not be that good for him either.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Foxtrot}}''
** The strip is another candidate for TropeNamer, as this trope was played with ''all the time'' during the comic strip's run. One strip shows Peter Fox gagging and retching before passing out at the dinner table, while Andrea Fox declares it "The Irony of Health Food". Other comic strips show the family complaining about her cooking, sabotaging the cooking so they wouldn't have to eat it, or Andrea cooking up such delicacies like beet and cheese subs, curry loaf, and tofu turkey in ginger sauce. The cooking tastes so bad that one strip even shows Roger accidentally tasting a sealant for the driveway and saying it was much better than her cooking.
** In point of actual fact, Andy ''can'' cook quite well, and could probably produce tasty ''and'' highly nutritious meals if she stuck to actual, edible food. The point where she decided that the family needed to eat all healthy, all the time and [[CordonBleughChef started experimenting with tofu, beets, and lima beans]] is where she gained her reputation of a poor chef (at least among her family).
** This mentality reached ridiculous points later on in the comic's years. Andy would use horrible recipes such as mayonnaise in ravioli, lima beans in pizza, and pumpkins, tomato, and peas in fruit salad. How Andy decided to apply this to ''that'' one, we'll never know.
** Andy has been known to give out Almond Soys and veggie bars for Halloween too. In one such strip, after the kids found them scarier than any costume Roger thought up, she grumbled, "I don't know why I want everyone to live longer, they'd just keep mocking me.)
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''
** One strip had Jon lamenting that there was no measurement for taste. Garfield told him it was the calorie.
** [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1989/ga890730.gif Another]] Sunday strip had this as the banner gag:
--->'''Jon''': Garfield, these rice cakes are nutritious and low in calories.\\
'''Garfield''' ''(in thought bubble, while spitting out some of a rice cake)'': Bingo! The two magic words that make me retch!
* A ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' strip showed Sgt. Snorkel being advised by his doctor not to eat anything that tastes good. In the final panel he eats a pizza while insincerely mouthing things like "ouch" and "yuck."

* Murlynd's Spoon in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is a magic item that can create gruel, which is filling and enriched with vitamins and other nutrients, and can save a lot of gold on rations, but has a taste that the rulebook compares to warm, wet cardboard.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', when concocting a type of tea that's good for colds, Luke complains that it's a little too bitter for him. Layton explains to him that that that's how you know it works, quoting a Japanese proverb about how good medicine is bitter to the taste.
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series, OriginalGeneration character Kusuha Mizuha is known to concoct health drinks that can even bring the manliest of men to their knees. However, once they recover from their near-death experience, they seem to be much more energetic and ready than they were beforehand.
* Averted in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC "Assault on Dragon Keep", where the Vault Hunters from the first game discover that Tiny Tina has eaten nothing but crumpets for years, so they hold her down and force feed her a salad. She is horrified by the mere sight of it ("Why is it green? That's not natural!"), and even more horrified to find out that she actually liked it... because only adults like salad.

[[folder:Web Media]]
* [=ShadowMercury=] complains in the first episode of ''LetsPlay/SuperPlayify'' that his mother likes to make things "health food style", which sucks all the taste out of them.
* When Edith of ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'' tries Alice's medicine, she promptly throws up. Alice, however, is adamant that she must take it daily.
* Subverted in ''ClassMenagerie'', an early strip has health nut Mikey complain about how the dorm cafeteria food both tastes bad AND is unhealthy, with high salt content, wilted and unnutritious vegetables and high fat content. However, when he rallies the other students to seek out proper sustenance, they end up at a fast food restaurant.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' has the creepy brother Carl playing as a feral wolf-boy. A bystander throws a veggie burger into his enclosure for him to eat and then Carl goes crazy after eating it. Despite the fact that he was told "you can't tell the difference", he still did.
** TruthInTelevision. There is NO way to perfectly imitate real meat.
* ZigZagged in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Peg puts Pete on a diet medication that comes in the form of a granola bar. Pete, understandably, fears that they`ll taste bad; however, they taste so good he eats a week`s supply in one sitting. Peg informs him they`re supposed to be taken with three square meals a day (not exceeding three), and unless they`re taken properly they might as well be candy.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', where, having come to the incorrect conclusion that the secret ingredient of his favorite brand of beef jerky was [[HumanResources people]], Pops corrects him in front of a press conference, revealing that it was actually vitamin-enriched soy cake. The realization that this technically made his favorite jerky health food [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5XMnCyGTQ8&t=6m25s drives Johnny mad.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had a scenario in which Hank Hill had eaten way too much meat and as a result was constipated. In order to help cure his embarrassing symptom, his wife tried to get him to eat more veggies and tofu. He expressed his utter dislike for tofu and, in fact, was offered a tofu ''substitute'' called "Fauxfu". When Hank asked the store owner straight out if he has ''anything'' that tastes good, he thinks about it for a moment and says no.
** Another episode had Peggy decide the family would eat healthy, after a few days she decides only Bobby will eat healthy food due to the fact that a lot of it tastes horrible to them. It ends up being subverted later as Bobby has gotten used to the food and can't stand eating a regular candy bar due to it being too sweet ([[TruthInTelevision if you cut sugar to a minimum in your diet this can actually happen]]). He proceeds to realize that the wheat grass juice hes been drinking now tastes better.
** Subverted later on when Hank was forced to buy food from the local co-op after his favorite grocery store was bought out by Mega-lo-Mart. After buying free-range, grass-fed steak he's also given complimentary organic tomatoes and other vegetables, which has Bobby and Peggy ''mouth''gasming. Cue Hank saying "Tomatoes don't have a taste" before trying it himself.
* "Beat Your Greens" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', where not eating vegetables turns out to be a ''good'' thing, as they've been contaminated by mind-control spores as a front to an alien invasion of sentient broccoli. In the end, the children of Townsville fend them off by eating the broccoli soldiers, and after the aliens retreat, wind up craving more.
** Not so much craving as "distrusting every vegetable on sight and deciding to not allow even one to continue existing". Which raises a bit of FridgeLogic: what if another crop got contaminated and now the ''kids'' (including the superpowered heroines) become brainwashed? Also, they made eating the broccoli soldiers easier by drowning them in cheese sauce, which can legitimately mask some bitter flavors (and add a fair number of calories and fat in the process, reducing the health benefits of the veggie underneath and enforcing this trope).
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', Cyril drinks Bert's peanut butter soda, believing it to be a youth-restoring drink. He remarks, "This stuff tastes terrible. It ''must'' be good for me!"
* In a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Treehouse of Horror episode, broccoli killed Homer when he ate it.
-->'''Dr. Hibbert:''' ''examining Homer's body'' Hmm. Another case of broccoli-related death.\\
'''Marge:''' But I thought broccoli was...\\
'''Dr. Hibbert:''' Oh yes. One of the deadliest plants on Earth! Why, it tries to warn you itself with its terrible taste.
** Homer actually dies ''TWICE'' from the same piece of broccoli. He's returned to Earth to perform a good deed to make up for a lifetime of selfishness and immediately tries eating the broccoli again, killing his ghost form and sending him back to heaven.
--> '''Homer''': Uh, I tried the broccoli again.
--> '''St Peter''': *sighs* You have 12 hours to complete your task.
** In "Pranks and Greens", Marge puts the family on a healthy diet after the other mothers chide her for serving unhealthy food. When her attempts to improve only make them more critical, Marge ends up gorging out on junk. Homer discovers this and they gorge together, deciding to only make the kids eat healthy.
** There's also "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", where Homer becomes a food critic and antagonizes all the chefs in Springfield. They plot to kill him using an extremely fat-loaded pastry... and poison, of course. Lisa finds out about this, but notices her father about to eat the pastry. She tries to warn him that it's poison, only for him to either assume she's speaking figuratively or [[SkewedPriorities figure the taste was more important]]. She then tries a different approach and tells him it's low-fat. Homer acts like it's poison to him (which the pastry actually is) and throws it away, causing the pastry to explode.
* An entire ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' episode centers on Nanny's mysterious stinky mixture in the kitchen. Early on, they suspect it's good for them and imagine it turning them into Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian knockoffs. (This is not enough to get them to try it, [[spoiler:and just as well, since it's actually glue]]).
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Due to the [[MundaneMadeAwesome exaggerated]] KidsVersusAdults theme, children's [[StockYuck opposition to broccoli, asparagus, spinach, brussels sprouts and the like]] gets escalated into a KryptoniteFactor to them. Hell, not only do ''they'' hate it, ''everyone'' does, and according to Father the only reason adults make kids eat it is so ''they'' won't have to. However, [[BigEater Numbuh 2]] and [[ButtMonkey the Toiletnator]] manage to like veggies.
** One particular episode is a FantasticVoyagePlot where Sector V has to travel inside Numbuh 4's body and retrieve a piece of brussels sprout he absentmindedly ate while listening to his father drone on about some meaningless work story, which ended up making him violently ill. At the end of the episode, [[HereWeGoAgain he does the same with a piece of liver]].
** "Operation I.T." revolves around Father planning to infest the KND's treehouses with fast-growing broccoli, which instantly disables any child near it like kryptonite. Numbuh 362 barely survives eating through a mass of broccoli to reach Father, then threatens him with a broccoli stalk to give up. After 362 collapses, Father curls up into a fetal position and apparently has flashbacks to his own father (Grandfather, the villain from Operation ZERO) forcing him to eat broccoli as a kid.
* {{Averted}} in ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}: Spinach is not only [[PowerUpFood healthy to the point of]] SuperStrength, but is also Popeye's TrademarkFavoriteFood. When he gets his four nephews to try it, they end up feeling the same way. PlayedStraight, however, in the obscure ''WesternAnimation/PopeyeAndSon'' show, in which his son hates spinach and has to choke it down when necessary.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has Truffles put everyone on a diet (having gained weight and deciding to put everyone on it) and the most effective weight-loss food is the utterly disgusting Flibber-Flabber, a green gelatinous goo from a flytrap-like plant. (Like Numbah 2 before him, [[ExtremeOmnivore Chowder]] actually enjoys eating it.) Mung Daal exploits this by using Truffles' competitive streak and stubbornness to force herself to eat it to the point of sickness, but she fights back by challenging Mung Daal's SupremeChef reputation: If he is such a good chef, he can make it taste better. Despite trying lots of things, it can't be made to taste better so Mung decides to just make everything bigger in order to make Truffles feel thinner.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDjkmUsPMcc Thumper]] from ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''.
--> Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is ''awful stuff to eat.'' (I made that last part up myself).
* ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'': All the kids are addicted to the new mystery meat in the cafeteria, finding it delicious. Mo teams up with the local ConspiracyTheorist who thinks that it is alien in origin, and part of some nefarious invasion plot. They eventually discover that it's made from tofu. When this news reaches the kids, they immediately become repulsed by it, horrified that they have been eating something healthy. [[spoiler:Oh, and it actually ''was'' made by aliens, but the characters never find out.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** One gags involved Peter Griffin trying out Totel (a brand of cereal that's marketed as both tasty and nutritious). He likes it at first, but when Lois mentions that "it's also good for him", it immediately ruins it for him and he pushes it off the table like a ManChild.
** Another episode had Peter [[DietEpisode go on a diet]] to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit for a rollercoaster he wanted to ride. Part of the diet had him eating rice cakes, remarking that he had never tried one before. However, he only manages to eat a single bite before he starts screaming in pain and clutching his throat like the rice cake is shredding him from the inside, and has to punch himself in the stomach to vomit it back up. When he lies gasping on the floor, he wonders who could make such a horrible thing. Cut to a YellowPeril villain sitting on a throne.
--> '''Villain''': Haha, we know you not like rice cake!
** In "Saturated Fat Guy", Lois watches a PBS documentary about America's awful food habits and forces the family to start eating healthy, with predictable reactions from Peter, who ends up starting his own food truck that only sells ludicrously unhealthy food. After Lois throws him out of the house, Peter starts living in the truck and only eats the food he sells, which, of course, makes him morbidly obese and he eventually has to be cut out of the truck and hoisted out in a horse harness. The ending narration reveals that Peter learned his lesson and had a healthy dinner that night... then went right back to eating like crap for the rest of his life.
* A slight variation occurs in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' when Coran tries to get the paladins to try some traditional Alien food.
--> '''Hunk:''' Ugh, it smells disgusting!
--> '''Coran:''' I know! That's how you know it's healthy!
* An episode of ''ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has Montery Jack realize that his weight is becoming a problem when it keeps him from being effective during a mission, and decides to go on a diet, with the other Rangers joining him out of support. As part of the diet, Jack cooks a kind of seaweed stew he learned from a strongman he once knew. Turns out it has less to do with nutrition (though its good in that department too), and more that the stew tastes so bad that you wont eat much of it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Too many things to name portray very healthy foods such as broccoli as being scorned by children, even some ''adults'' severely dislike broccoli. Brussels sprouts, liver and spinach are other common targets.
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush actually forbade broccoli from the White House, and an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' had some fun with this.
** It is also mostly the vegetables that have this treatment. Fruits meanwhile (culinary fruits, at least) never get the Irony of Health Food treatment. You almost never hear of someone whose parents can never get them to eat bananas, apples, or grapes. Probably because parents don't force fruits on their kids the way they do vegetables. It also helps that fruits are naturally ''sweet'', too. Or sour like citrus fruits.
** A certain birthday card shows an adult woman scraping her broccoli into the trashcan with a caption that goes something like, "One of the perks of getting old is that no one can make you eat your vegetables!"
* Legend has is that in the 1800s a man found a stream with water that tasted so horrible that he decided that it ''had'' to be medically beneficial - so he started bottling and marketing it as a health elixir. [[NauseaFuel Sometime later it was discovered that his stream of miracle water was runoff from a nearby tannery...]]
* In RealLife safety conscious doctors and pharmacists sometimes ''design'' medicine to taste bad so that children won't take too much of it.
** This actually happened after a generation where they tried to design medicine to taste good specifically so kids would eat it. Unfortunately, this resulted in kids taking too much because they liked it as it tasted like candy. (Discussed in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', where it's shown that the Gel healing items were designed to taste good so kids would eat them, and Rita apparently has a taste for them.)
** That said, most drugs are naturally bitter because many of them were originally derived from vegetable alkaloids (examples include caffeine, digoxin, nicotine, morphine, etc), a groups of bitter-tasting and poisonous chemicals produced by plants to discourage animals and insects from eating them. Unfortunately for the plants, it just happens that these compounds can cure diseases or get people high in lower doses.
* Averted in a Website/{{Cracked}} article which explained that lots of "healthy" granola bars are [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18549_8-health-foods-that-are-bad-your-health.html about as good for you as a candy bar]]. Also on how Bran Muffins are ''not'' nutritional, muffins being mostly cake, and cake being mostly fat and sugar.
** That possibly comes from the way popular understanding has muddied the understanding of what constitutes 'nutrition'- bran is 'non-nutritious' in that it's indigestible, but a certain amount of harmless, indigestible matter is an important part of a human's diet- that's what 'fiber' is. And those sugary granola bars are 'nutritious' in that they give us lots of short-chain carbohydrates that we need for energy. This is why humans tend to like very sweet foods - as far as our ancient instincts are concerned, taking on as many calories at once is a good thing, because tomorrow, who knows? The problem isn't that sugary foods are not nutritious, rather that it's very easy to eat too much.
*** Heck, there's a reason people on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' go apeshit when they win sugary foods in a reward...it gives them energy.
* Fitness guru [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_LaLanne Jack LaLanne]] has two rules of thumb for nutrition: [[AppealToNature "If it's man-made, don't eat it"]] and "If it tastes good, spit it out."
* Chinese medicine embodies this trope when it comes to herbal medicine you have to boil at home (or boiled and sealed into packets if you can't brew it at home). While the dried plant material that makes up the bulk of it can drive those with allergies insane, the resulting mixture will have your nose and tongue wishing to commit suicide (especially the tongue). There's a reason why a lot of Chinese pharmacies -- or stores hosting a Traditional Chinese Medicine area -- will drop in a few sweets in the bag at the register. Although it is less effective than other medicine, some have fewer side effects than other medicine.
** Even worse, certain plants create toxic chemicals if improperly consumed or prepared. For example, eating the stems and leaves together, or improperly-processed tapioca.
* [[CaptainObvious Of course]], this is averted with a great many poisons which are both very bitter and very deadly; this is part of why we're hardwired to despise bitter-tasting things.
** Cyanide, for instance. Smells like bitter almonds. Almonds? Pretty good for ya, lots of non-saturated fat, Vitamin E (carbohydrates) and is gluten-free. Most cyanides will pretty much kill you dead, though. [[Creator/StephenKing Not to be confused with arsenic.]]
*** Bitter almonds do not contain cyanides ''per se'', they, just like almost all kernels of prune family fruits, contain compounds called glycosides, which are metabolized to release cyanide. And defining feature of most glycosides is their overwhelmingly bitter taste. What's interesting, however, is that these glycosides, especially the most widespread of them, amygdalin[[note]]From Greek "amygdale", almond[[/note]], are (in minute amounts) essential parts of almond aroma and taste.
*** Interestingly enough, the only cells able to metabolize the cyanide out of the apricot seeds are carcenomas -- cancer cells.
** Also inverted with antifreeze, which tastes sweet, works quickly, and is extremely deadly, which is why people are advised to keep it locked away from children and pets.
*** Of course, if the persistent little creatures do get their hands on the stuff, the cure is booze. [[SincerityMode No, seriously.]] The dangerous ingredient in anti-freeze is ethylene glycol, which crystallizes in the bloodstream and shreds your kidneys to pieces. Ethanol, the alcohol in booze, is digested preferentially, which means that having it in your system prevents the ethylene glycol from crystallizing, and it's harmlessly passed through the system (one man in Australia who had drunk antifreeze was given an I.V. drip of pure vodka.) Large amounts of very potent booze isn't the most appealing thing in the world to most people, but in this very specific circumstance, it can save your life.
*** Ethylene glycol, being a two-base cousin of the common ethanol, is one of those numerous toxic alcohols (including methanol) whose antidote ethanol is. It works by having a better affinity to human cells, and thus is preferentially absorbed by the human body, protecting it. Still, this treatment is not always applicable, and to reduce the number of poisonings now there is the move to replace ethylene glycol by the similarly sweet and syrupy, but non-toxic propylene glycol, a two-base glycerol (and propanol) relative. It is somewhat more expensive, though, which holds adoption in some parts.
*** Anti-freeze's sweet taste has actually resulted in it being the weapon of choice in more than one murder case, and [[KickTheDog quite frequently in animal cruelty cases]], since the victim will consume food or drink laced with the stuff without noticing anything amiss. Most if not all antifreeze manufacturers now include a bittering agent to prevent this.
* Graham Kerr developed the "MiniMax" method to counteract this: After his wife had a heart attack from the type of food he cooked on ''Series/TheGallopingGourmet'', he turned to writing diet books for people with diabetes and heart problems. He realized pretty quickly that the food tasted like crap, and switched to adapting his old recipes to healthier cooking techniques, adding spices and low-calorie ingredients to replace fat and sugar instead of simply cutting them out. While common today, that was a completely novel idea in the late 80s.
* Creator/JamesHerriot remarks in one of his books that the popularity of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asafoetida Asafoetida]] in folk remedies is probably because such a stinking substance must have magical properties.
* In a variation of this trope, many energy drinks have an intentionally sour or bitter flavor to make them seem like they have more energy. This works because the two most popular active ingredients in energy drinks, caffeine and taurine, are bitter and sour respectively, so ramping up the ''taste'' instead of their actual content, makes the people ''think'' they have more of them, at the same tame escaping the overdose.
* One of the causes is an amusing logic loop. Certain food with certain nutrients tastes bad -> People don't eat it and lack said nutrient -> This food is healthy for them because they need said nutrient.
* First Lady Michelle Obama's attempt at getting schools to give kids healthy meals has backfired this way; the food may be good for the kids, but not only does it not take allergies or other problems into account, it tastes ''awful'' and kids aren't allowed to bring any alternatives. On the upside the kids do lose weight...since they don't eat lunch and are hungry the rest of the day.
* While not exactly the same, antiseptics have been subject to the same problem. Companies have known formulas to provide the same effectiveness without any sting at all on injuries, but people don't by those formulas as much. They felt that an antiseptic that didn't sting must not have been working properly, and kept buying the kind that caused minor physical pain instead.