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Let’s Talk About Bizarre Food Aversions!

Lots of people can't deal with mayonnaise. I can eat tablespoons of it.
Lots of people can’t deal with mayonnaise. I can eat tablespoons of it.

My brother-in-law is weird. He won’t eat anything white, especially mayonnaise, or green, especially guacamole. I mentioned this fact to a woman in our office and she said, “Oh, all I eat is white food.” To me, that is beyond bizarre, it’s borderline psychotic. She eats oatmeal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, and waffles for dinner. That. Is. About. It.

I grabbed my notepad and asked my office mates to share their idiosyncratic eating behaviors. This is what is happening around me:

Carol “I hate things with lots of legs with shells that you have to peel. Gross. Like crawfish. It makes me sick to my stomach.”

Zac “I can eat a peach whole but not sliced on a plate. And milk makes me gag. I can not swallow it.”

Tim “I will not eat a ripe banana whole, it has to be cut into little circles. I can eat a green banana whole.”

Liz “I do not like the food on my plate to touch.” (Her whole body shivered when she revealed this fact.)

Cristina “I hate hot sandwiches with deli meat in them.”

Ryan “I can’t eat any meat that I cook. If I see it raw I can’t make myself swallow it.”

Raya “Sprouts.” (She also quivered as she spoke.)

Chris “Beans of any kind.”

Shannon “I only eat yellow food: pasta, scrambled eggs, cheese, chicken nuggets. Also, no bread.”

Wow, I opened up a can of worms, which I love fried in bacon grease over a campfire. What about you? What makes you gag?

16 comments on “Let’s Talk About Bizarre Food Aversions!

  1. I normally have very few food aversions. At breakfast, I require that sweet and salty things don’t mix (no syrup on eggs or sausage, for example). Other than that, I’m fine.

    But with my pregnancy, I have two major aversions: salmon and black truffles. First world problems for sure.

  2. I hate vegetables, beer, red wine, and coffee. I cannot abide things that are bitter. Which sucks, as I’d give my right arm to actually enjoy any of these things.

  3. Aversions: Seeing or hearing other people eat.
    Masa, like in tamales, just the smell makes me gag.
    Hot peppers. Bell peppers.
    Fish sauce.
    Textures and smells affect me the most, although what gags me today could be ok tomorrow…

  4. For several years it creeped me out to eat with a salad fork, had to be full size. Then one day any fork was good.

  5. I hate mayonnaise. It’s so slimy. How can someone only eat white food? I agree that is bizarre. I don’t like raw oysters. They are ugly and slimy. Fun post! Made my day.

  6. Starchy white foods, like polenta, grits, pasta, masa, even potatoes…nor even the thought of soy sauce…

  7. Animal heads. I just can’t. I know meat comes from animals, but I can’t deal with the eyes staring at me while I’m eating them…

  8. I worked in a restaurant where a guest returned the trout special because “She couldn’t eat anything with a face.” The trout was boneless and head off BTW. She then ordered a steak. Because cows don’t have faces?

  9. The words “custard” or “curd” to describe a food will shut me down.

  10. Milk – have not had a drop of milk since I was like 3, I don’t even like cooking/baking with it, I just don’t want it to touch me. Yes, I eat my cereal dry.
    Bell Peppers – they make me ill and chefs/cooks put them in everything for freaking color, so annoying!!

  11. Unfortunately I seem to like everything! I did try lamb kidneys recently and I wasn’t wild about them. But, if that was all I could get, I’d eat the hell out of it.

  12. Mayonnaise. Will throw up on the spot if that gets on any part of my meal. Will actually (and have on numerous occasions) thrown up just by seeing someone add that to a sandwich/burger. It’s both a consistency thing and also a mind gross-out thing as it is just a jar of fat.

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