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 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."
3 of 14
"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."
4 of 14
"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."
10 of 14
"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."