Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Food Aversions

I'd like a show of hands, please: how many of us have food aversions?

I know you've all had this conversation somewhere, sometime, right? I don't like such-and-such. My friend hates X, Y, Z. The Hunny won't eat this and that. Why? Why won't we eat certain foods?

Just today I was telling someone about being made to eat tomatoes as a kid. At least, I wasn't allowed to take them off of my burgers. I hate tomatoes. I was also talking about having to eat eggs with runny yolks, which still grosses me out to no end.

Mushrooms, olives, runny yolks, tomatoes, sauerkraut. All on my taboo list. Won't eat them. I'll eat cooked tomatoes, i.e. sauce, ketchup, etc., but not fresh. Don't like slimy. There are reasons for it.

According to Answers dot com, people develop an aversion to certain foods they've eaten just prior to illness. I've watched my kids reason that one out - "I won't eat fish again because it made me sick." Red Rocks had a cold and I KNOW fish didn't give it to him. It's called the Garcia Effect.

But I don't recall getting sick after eating anything on my list. Oh, add tea to that list. Tea in any form. Yuck.

Tell me about your food aversions, will ya? I'll email ya. Not quite ready to talk about it in a group session yet. :)

Until I write again ...

Flea

19 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I totally agree with the Garcia Effect. I just ate a tomato and roasted pepper salad last week before I came down with a stomach virus. I probably won't eat them again for a looooong time. Getting nauseous just writing this.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

textures do it for us...
but yes when sick and just had something or god fobid threw it up i dont eat it again for a LONG Time.

Tammy said...

I love tomatoes and runny eggs....yeah I know, I'm weird. LOL

Trisha said...

I am split . . .some of the foods I don't like I know came from the whole Garcia Effect. Others . . . they are just nasty tasting! The texture isn't really a problem for me but taste . . . sure is!

Karen said...

Liver.....I think I explained it once in a post. First it stinks, but just after my grandmother had died when I was a child, my mom had fixed liver and onions for dinner. My little girl imagination was sure that my mom was going to feed us my grandmother's liver. Ya...I have issues.

Crista said...

I didn't know it had a name, but there are 2 restaurants we can't eat at because of the Garcia Effect--Panda Express for DH, and Joe's Crab Shack for me.

"Regular" foods I can't stand--raw mushrooms, I'm totally with ya on that runny yolks thing *shudder*, and mayo.

asthmagirl said...

I think there are other traumatic things than illness that lead to food dislikes. Being force to eat foods that don't taste good is traumatic when you're a small child.

Thus, I hate tomatoes. I'm revolted by them. Beets too.

I do like runny eggs though. It took me a long time to learn to eat them without ketchup.

Other things I just don't like much. I have no hard feelings toward zucchini, I just don't like it that much.

Daryl said...

the only food aversion I can attribute to the Garcia Effect is veal. Back before I didnt eat meat I had a veal chop for lunch and got really really really sick .. I have never eaten veal again .. tho I did try .. gag reflex kicked in ...

The only other foods I dont eat are okra, lima beans and eel sushi ..

Marguerite said...

In college, I got food poisoning from a bad BBQ beef baked potato. Although I'm positive that it was the meat that was bad, I didn't eat baked potatoes for over a year. I had no problem eating BBQ however. Weird.

Ellyn said...

I feel bad you don't like tomatoes. They are one of my favorite foods. Tastes like summer.
Anything from KFC just grosses me out. I got sick the night after I had it last year. I can't even stomach the thought of eating it. Excuse me. I gotta go....

Karen said...

Because I'm really, really s-l-o-w at things like this, it took me 38 years to figure out that I have aversions to things that dont' agree with me. Well, that and fruit. Fruit is just juicy and messy and nasty.

MUD said...

I eat catfish once a year to remind myself that I don't like it. Ditto on Liver and Onions. Other than that, there is little I Haven't or won't eat. Most of the time I love about any steak and have grown fond of the Pork Loin on the grill. MUD

Burgh Baby said...

Sweet potatoes. The last time I ate them, I was puking my guts out for two days. That was ten years ago.

You can't make me go back to eating them. Ever.

Jeannelle said...

Oh, ick....my mom made us eat runny-yolked eggs, too. What was it with moms and runny yolks back then?

I've hated pecan pie ever since as a teenager I ate a big piece shortly before getting stomach flu and barfing it all up again. The thought of pecan pie makes me ill to this day, even though I love pecans. Whew.....I feel better getting that out in the open.

Warty Mammal said...

Ugh, yes! Two thumbs down to fresh tomatoes and undercooked eggs! Why? I don't know. Because they're nasty. Want to see me run from the table? Start dipping toast into uncooked egg yolk. That was meant to be a baby chicken, people! Show it some respect and at least cook it before tucking in!

Maybe I'd like them if I tried them as an adult, but life is short and some things just aren't worth the risk! Also on the list: mayonnaise, unless it's mixed into some other substance like tuna until it's well concealed. (Pasta salad doesn't count as concealment.) Liver and onions, organ meats of any kind. Three bean salad. Fellow primates. Any animal I might domesticate and have as a pet. (I don't believe in eating friends.) Canned spinach. Actually, just about any canned veggie. I thought I hated all veggies until I discovered fresh ones.

What a fun post! Thank you for the opportunity to complain.

Coffee Bean said...

When I was 10 I came down with a bad case of the flu right after I ate an entire roll of fruit flavored certs at a bowling alley... uh, I'm gagging, so you know.

I cannot stand bones. Or skin.

Okay that is all I can take of this post. See ya.

zobabe said...

I'm with you on all of those except tea. I also love a good 'n fresh BLT on white bread, with lots of mayo and pepper. A plain tomato sandwich the same way is about the only way I'll eat them raw.

I will run from the mention of liver, and my sainted mother used to love pig brains and scrambled eggs. OMG. There are some things they just shouldn't be allowed to put in a can.

Flash Stitcher said...

Liver, the texture, yuck.
But on another note, I ate Burger King for lunch before I went into labor with NSLO. It took 2 years for me to be able to eat BK again.

Chelf said...

Oh, let's see... Mushrooms taste nice in VERY tiny bits, and I love the flavor they give other stuff... but I cannot chew a big bite of mushroom to save my life. Yuck. I am a texture eater, I guess. Can't do grapes with the seeds in them... it is like chewing snot. (sorry, that is how I feel) I hate grape juice (this makes me have issues with Communion at church, but that is such a tiny amount of it, I can deal), and wine is out of the question if it is too grape-y.

DH got sick from bad Chinese once, and it took him YEARS and lots of coaxing from me to even set foot in a Chinese place again.

I used to get 7UP from mom when I was sick, so I associate it with being sick, and it makes me sick to even think about it. Even Sprite is pretty close, and I can't drink it. For a treat, mom would give us warm Jell-o to drink, before it set. Love peach! She also gave us Coke Syrup over crushed ice. I still love those, and don't know why they haven't ended up as aversions. ?