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11 essential facts of life for Irish people who don't like beans

“What? You don’t like beans?”

4 syns for sausages and hexb toast. #slimmingworld #bestdietever #fullenglishbreakfast #fullirishbreakfast Source: laurie_sw_fan

“WILL YOU HAVE some beans?”

“Nah, I’m alright thanks.”

“Really?”

As a nation, Ireland loves beans – but there are a small minority of people who just can’t stand them. Their lives look like this:

1. Your breakfast options are seriously limited when you’re not at home, because beans take up half the plate

#fullirishbreakfast Source: realvenusinfurs

Suddenly the plate looks a lot emptier without the ultimate breakfast filler that is beans.

2. And you’ll never understand how people are OK with the bean juice just running all over the plate – ruining the rest of the fry

No better way to wake you up and get you going on a sunday... Yum! #fullirish Source: craigersregan

You watch other people’s plates as the beans slowly creep across, infiltrating the bacon and sausage.

3. People genuinely think that the beans are an essential part of a proper breakfast – and that you’re missing out in life

Come for our #Sunday best after #siclovia! Serving this delicious #fullirish for #breakfast from 3p-6p. #southtown #sanantonio #sundayfunday Source: francisbogside

^missing out on that.

4. Everyone is all like “but how can you enjoy other tomato-based deliciousness and not like beans?”

Mmm... meatballs Source: jeffreyw

5. To which you respond that other tomato-based meals don’t have tiny little beans floating in them. Also, the sauce is thick and not bean juice

Sky Cafe 2, Fitzrovia, London Source: Ewan-M

6. When you look at a plate of beans, all you can see is the tomato juice lake forming

Mortimer's Cafe, Fitzrovia, London Source: Ewan-M

7. You’re actually fine with beans by themselves in, say, a burrito

The Feve Brunch - cuban pork burrito Source: Edsel L

8. But it’s the combination of beans and juice that gets you – nothing dominates an otherwise dry dinner like the scourge of beans

Fried potatoes, with baked beans. Source: LoopZilla

9. You never got on board with the whole ‘student eating beans on toast’ stereotype

Baked Beans on Toast at Cafe Maria, Dalry Road, Edinburgh Source: www.theedinburghblog.co.uk

10. Because toast is so much nicer when you don’t have bean juice running off it

Steaming Hot Source: MokshaDolphin

11. And finally… you’re willing to try other foods you don’t really like – but not beans

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There’s just something about them: the texture, the aesthetics, the colour.

Beans are the worst.

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