Map Reveals the Most Hated Food in Each State

The saying goes that “you are what you eat,” but we think it’s equally true that what you choose not to eat says a lot about you. While there are certain foods that are really popular, there are also many foods that are unpopular.

What’s interesting is that some foods that are popular in one part of the United States are far less popular in other parts of the country. In fact, you might even say people hate certain foods. These unpopular foods range from sushi (we know, it’s very popular in many places) to beets and olives. used Google search treads to determine which foods are least popular in each state. First, they started by choosing almost 40 different foods that are generally considered controversial about whether or not they actually taste good. Then, they looked at Google search trends to determine which foods and recipes on that list people in each state were search for the least.

According to Zippia, “The opposite of love isn’t pure hate, it’s indifference– By finding out where people are looking for the least recipes, online food orders and in general have bottom-level search interest in, we could find the food they truly dislike.”

The results revealed a very interesting and unexpected trends. For example, olives are the least popular food item in 13 different states. That makes olives the most hated food in the United States according to this data followed closely by anchovies, which were the least popular in 11 different states. Other unpopular food items include beets, very well done steak, sushi, bologna, eggplant, pickles and turkey bacon.

Take a look at the map below to see if you agree with the most disliked food in your state.


Zippia points out that even if your state dislikes olives, for example, it doesn’t mean that you necessarily dislike olives. However, it is helpful information to keep in mind the next time you decide what to make for a potluck or what food to have catered at a party.

If you’re interested in more lists of popular and unpopular food items by state, Zippia has plenty. For example, there’s a list of most popular Thanksgiving side dishes and most popular Valentine’s Day candy.

Do you agree with the most disliked food in your state? If not, what food do you think is really the most disliked food in your state? What foods do you dislike the most? Did any of the foods on this list of most hated foods surprise you?