The Secret Food Aversions We Never Tell Anyone About

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To paraphrase, there are things that make you go "mmm," and things that make you go "blech." Sometimes, we are justifiably grossed out (hello, expired milk!), but often our food aversions just make no sense at all. And while there's no rationale behind these icky feelings, we just can't help ourselves (or our disgust). I took an office poll to find out what everyone's food revulsions are, and came up with a quite a list of, well, randomness. From being scared of ketchup to not being able to watch someone eat spaghetti, and everything in between, here are our R29 staffers' 15 most bizarre food aversions.
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"I refuse to eat cooked onions that aren't red. I will send food back if onions show up unexpectedly. I'd rather eat worms than pick them off a burger — it's basically the same taste and texture!"
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"I have a serious problem with people who eat stringy pasta by hovering over their plate and sucking it through their mouth like a vacuum. I have a VIVID memory of a friend doing this in front of me in like 2008 that I can recall clear as day and it still haunts me even though I love her very much. To this day, I have to turn away whenever I see someone devouring a plate of spaghetti or linguine."
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"I don't do tomatoes, onions, peppers, or olives. I can't watch other people eat them without physically pulling away in revulsion and I have to leave the room if someone is preparing them, because the smell makes me gag. Ditto for cleaning up dishes that have touched them. No cleaning of those, even with gloves. And if a restaurant happens to accidentally put them in or on my food despite my explicit request to not, I refuse to just "pick them off," because I can taste the slight remnants of that sneaky onion or wayward tomato."
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"My inexplicable one is potato-based soups that are white. Basically, I hate cream — and I hate white, amorphous blobs of cream even more. And potato-based soups are white and look creamy, but they aren't creamy, and they don't even taste creamy. But I can't even look at them. All I can think about when I see a vat of potato-y soup is creamy disgustingness. Shudder."
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"When grown men use the word 'yummy.'"
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"I absolutely cannot eat bananas, or anything with bananas in it. There's been times when I've smelled an unpeeled banana in a room, switched train cars because someone is eating a banana, etc."
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"I really can't deal with touching wet food in the sink."
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"I had a step-dad who refused to eat anything green. The color green... He would tell waitstaff to make sure there was no green on the plate. Ugh."
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"I am incapable of eating the last bite of food from my plate. EVER. It drives my boyfriend crazy. I am not sure why I do this. It could be because I think it’s a cultural habit I picked up from growing up with friends whose families felt it rude to completely clear a plate."
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"When I was little, I hated hot dogs — just looking at one would make we want to gag. It really sucked, though, because in the '80s, it seemed like kids were eating hot dogs 24/7. It was the food served at almost every birthday party I went to. I was the little weirdo in the corner eating a bun filled with ketchup, trying not to barf from the hot dog smell in the air."
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"I hate moist chicken and I don't know why! It needs to be bone dry before I can feel comfortable eating it."
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"I totally lose my appetite for any food or drink that has been exposed to 'gross air' (the subway, the bathroom, etc.). In my mind, it's contaminated."
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"I know someone who is legitimately afraid of ketchup. Won't touch it, won't look at it, won't let it touch their food in any way. They make me hide it from them on the table."
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"I have a good friend who hates chickpeas. HATES. We used to order salads together at work, and I remember one day when hers arrived with a single chickpea buried deep inside. It was like she had found a hair in it. Maybe even worse."
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