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I will eat just about anything except...


*MacDonald's hamburgers...disgusting taste, disgusting smell, disgusting texture
*chopped chicken liver...hate the smell
*I love crab EXCEPT for the kind served in the shell that you have to spend forever picking out the small pieces of crabmeat...too d*mn much work!


  1. Fried egg sandwiches with mayo.


    1. Butter and jelly sandwiches, ugh.

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      2. Octopus. Too chewy for me. Even when prepared in the best sushi restaurant in NYC, I found it like chewying on a tire.

        Ketchup on eggs. 'nuff said.

        1. Not crazy about innards. Won't eat bugs. Don't like okra when it's slimey, but if prepared so taht it's not, it's fine. Would prefer not to eat sea cucumber again, thanks. Other than that, I'm pretty wide open.

          1. McDonald's. I lose my appetite when I walk in.

            I love crab and artichokes, but I'm too lazy to eat a lot if I have to do all that prep at the table.

            Anything containing hydrogenated fat, Olestra, Splenda, or other lab products.

            1. Margarine and Miracle Whip will not cross my lips. Mayo on rare occassions.

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              1. re: chaddict

                Yeah, agree on miracle whip, that's up there with sea cucumber.

                1. re: prunefeet

                  Why would you use miracle whip when you can just whip up a batch of stabilized whipped cream and spead it on some thick toasted brioche, scraped with fresh raspberry jam, and scattered with mandarin orange segments? Why, why?


                  1. re: TexasToast

                    I believe your thinking of Dream Whip. Miracle Whip is salad cream.

                    I wouldn't eat Dream Whip either.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      No, I'm thinking of cool whip! LOL.


              2. Bananas. No idea why, but I detest them in all forms. Think it's the texture. I will eat pretty much anything else, and am not a picky eater. Also not a fan of marzipan, though I love almonds. Go figure.

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                  1. Organs, other innards, and extremities (ie feet).

                    1. No Miracle Whip, no margerine, no salmon steaks or fillets either fresh or wild...I just find it disgusting but lox and smoked salmon are great, the only innards I will eat are foie gras and sweetbreads. I also am not a real fan of marzipan on its own but used in almond macaroons I could swoon. I'd pass on bugs too.

                      1. I agree with Olestra, Splenda, margarine, miracle whip and will add high fructose corn syrup (I try to avoid all corn syrup except for the annual pecan pie), deli meat and tongue.

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                        1. re: brooklynmasala

                          Ew, tongue! Put me down for that one, too!

                          1. re: chaddict

                            Naw, tongue tacos with salsa verde rock!

                        2. Egg salad. Devilled eggs. Basically anything with hard-boiled eggs.

                          Snails. I feel about snails and slugs the way arachnophobes feel about spiders (gastropodophobia?). I can't imagine eating one.

                          I'll give most innards a try, but the idea of eating brains or eyes squicks me out.

                          Dog. Monkey. Seal. Any rare or endangered animal, no matter how delicious (although I guess the occasional bit of shark's fin gets by me).

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                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            Seal sure looked yummy in that Anthony Bourdain show.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              I volunteer with seals -- I could never look one in the eye if I ate one. Although I did have a visitor once at the seal reserve who asked me if I'd ever eaten seal and if so, what it was like. He seemed quite interested, and I was worried he was about to whip a knife out of his camouflage gear and carve one of the seals up. Of course he was crazy (literally, he was part of a group on a field trip from a day-program for the mentally ill -- he was actually one of the more functional members of the group).

                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                Down in Antarctica, the station down there has a night club called, you guessed it, "Club Baby Seal."

                                1. re: chaddict

                                  Club seals not sandwiches!

                                  Only thing I wont eat is celery.

                              2. re: Robert Lauriston

                                Looked like nothing so much as an abattoir as I recall! Just the other day I heard that reindeer is really good BTW.

                              3. re: Ruth Lafler


                                I'm surprised that hard-boiled eggs are on your no-eat list. What is it that annoys you? I'm not sure that dogs or monkeys are endangered but, if so, I'd avoid them as well. Otherwise they're on my to-try list. I've plunked down a bunch of dough for shark's fin soup many times and uniformly have asked myself "why?". I understand that braised shark's fin is exceptional but I'm always outvoted.

                                1. re: TomSwift

                                  I know several people who won't eat hard-boiled eggs because of their texture and/or smell

                                  I don't like yolk unless it's well-incorporated into the rest of the egg dish (probably from when it reminded me of the chick that wasn't going to get to live). While I'll eat deviled eggs, scrambled eggs, frittatas, omlettes, etc., I'll take the yolk out from a hard-boiled egg and cut the intact yolk out of a fried egg and offer it to someone else.

                                  1. re: PseudoNerd

                                    My husband refuses to eat hard-boiled eggs, period. I can eat them finely chopped and well mixed in something. And, I will eat the yolk of a deviled egg, but not the white.

                                    1. re: PseudoNerd

                                      Yeah, it's both the texture and the smell. I actually don't like intact egg yolks at all, but I find hard boiled eggs particularly revolting. Since I don't like mayo, either, egg salad is probably my most hated commonly found food.

                                      I mean, the fact that I won't eat brains or seal doesn't come up very often, but egg salad is everywhere! My boss has an egg salad sandwich for lunch on a regular basis and likes to tease me about my aversion to it.

                                    2. re: TomSwift

                                      You haven't seen the shows on TV where they show the fishermen hacking the fins off squirming live sharks and then throw the bleeding fish back into the water? I can't imagine being able to eat shark fin after seeing even a fleeting glimpse...and I aint no vegan.

                                    3. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      Can I just say that I love "squicks me out"?

                                      I have tried innards, just prefer not to eat them. Actually heart and tripe are not that bad but the idea of brains or kidneys really grosses me out...I think it's a textural thing, altho I have not tried them...don't like tongue either...

                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                        I'm surprised at all the hard-boiled egg aversion you folks have. What grosses me out is eggwhite that is not firmly cooked. If I can scrape off any gelatinous albumen, I'll certainly do so, or just shove the plate aside. I defensively order scrambled eggs, because I'm pretty sure fried and poached eggs will not pass the solidity test.

                                      2. Jellied Salads ;(

                                        I had enough of them in the 70's

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                                        1. re: bogie

                                          Geez, you just reminded me of the time my grandmother MADE me eat an aspic made with V-8. I was at the table sooooo long, eating bites the size of a nail clipping just to get it down, that she finally gave up and excused me from the table. To this day, I hate V-8.

                                          1. re: chaddict

                                            I had a similar experience with meatloaf. I, however, was not excused and sat there for hours.

                                            1. re: wild child

                                              Mine was Irish stew and the miserable witch made me sit there for hours!


                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                Mine was cold cooked spinach with crumbled hard-boiled egg (see above) in vinaigrette. I didn't mind cooked spinach, but *cold* cooked spinach with vinaigrette was nasty and slimey. I had a choice between trying it or going to bed without supper, and the choice was clear (and hey, I could always sneak out back to the sympathetic neighbors).

                                            2. re: chaddict

                                              Jello salads with meat in them.

                                          2. I am unsure how I would react to most organ meat (aside from liver, sweetbreads and gizzards, all of which I enjoy. And tongue barbeque is really good, too, once you get over the fact that you know exactly what it is.) One of these days I must try brains, although I am a tad squeamish.

                                            But I draw the line at okra. No, it isn't the texture; it's the taste. And that taste is so unremittingly foul that even five years later I still gag at the thought of the last time I tried it.

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                                            1. re: jillp

                                              I'll take okra over tongue anyday!


                                            2. Prepackage, presliced white 'bread.'

                                              Anything containing artificial sweetner.

                                              Sauerkraut and raw onion, mostly because I find their flavors too dominant, and will taste them for days after.

                                              1. Cheez Whiz
                                                Miracle Whip
                                                Roy Rogers
                                                Bob's Big Boy
                                                Jack in the Box
                                                Pickled tongue
                                                Sea urchin
                                                Any canned pasta
                                                Most store brand prepared foods
                                                Fish sticks

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                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  Internal Organs (liver, kidney, heart, lungs, brains, blood etc) and "semi" internal ones as well; eyes, ears, tongue, etc., and any derivative products.
                                                  "Mechanically separated" meat
                                                  Canned fish
                                                  Most Fast Food
                                                  Any Roe (except caviar)
                                                  Cici's Pizza
                                                  Squid Ink
                                                  Jack in the Box (yes, I know, covered by FF, but it's SO GROSS, it warrants a separate entry)
                                                  Janet Street-Porter
                                                  Jellied Eel

                                                  I'm sure I'll come back to this post and add to it!



                                                2. Any processed meat... like spam or canned ham! I also would never eat liverwurst - the smell is so disgusting to me. I guess that kind of falls in the processed meat category.

                                                  Though the thought of jellied eel is not appetizing at all though (thankfully) I'd never been face to face with it!

                                                  1. - plain mayo, unless it's already mixed into things that I like immensely (lobster rolls, tuna salad). I can do dill mayo or chipotle mayo, but plain hellmann's is just...egh.
                                                    - agreed re: prepackaged, processed white bread - I'm picturing a shiny plastic-bagged loaf of wonderbread for this one
                                                    - ketchup
                                                    - spam
                                                    - teriyaki anything (the sauce has always been too sweet for me)
                                                    - most Chinese takeout. I can't - I'm Chinese and it's the only type of food my mother's ever made...

                                                    1. Will you hate me if I tell you I can't stand goat cheese ? That is really the only thing I can't eat other than the obvious ---Mc Donalds, Miracle Whip etc.

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                                                      1. re: oregongirl

                                                        I love goat cheese! but I think you're not alone on this one :)

                                                      2. Live bugs...oh, except for crabs and lobsters. Okay, then, spiders and cockroaches. And squirmy grubs dug out of rotting logs, though maybe if you boiled them...h'm.

                                                        Golly, this is hard, especially if your favorite foods show up on everyone else's hate list...

                                                        I really don't like sweet custard, but I will eat it to be polite. Sorry.

                                                        1. Dried coconut flakes. *Shiver*

                                                          Fast food, yes, it's bad....but ESPECIALLY awful are: wilted iceburg salads - esp when they toss on the processed cheddar stuff, those tasteless and weirdly soft chicken breasts you find at some chain places, ok.....I'm disgusting myself out now.

                                                          Running away...

                                                          1. All fish except shellfish and tuna. I can't stand the smell, DH has to cook it outside on the grill. But if you serve it at a party, I will politely choke it down.
                                                            Okra, after I cleaned it as a child, couldn't eat it anymore.
                                                            Organ meats
                                                            Goat, can't even go there
                                                            Fat on the edge of steaks and pork chops, gag

                                                            1. I don't like milk, gives me instant mucous build up, and I don't like fish guts. Can't think of anything else.

                                                              1. Vienna sausage
                                                                any obviously highly processed meat, come to think of it
                                                                *echte* Leberkaese
                                                                non-natural PBs containing hydrogenated oils (but I'll have a spoonful of JIF once every year or two to remind myself why)
                                                                soft cookies/cakey/bready things (they tend to be mealy and I don't particularly care for flour)
                                                                rice without a TON of glutinous rice mixed in (especially at Chinese restaurants)
                                                                most pork
                                                                parts that look like it could've been where the animal would've stored its waste
                                                                foods with ingredient listings that take so long to read you've already burned off all the calories because you've been concentrating in order to pronounce the words correctly and to keep track of where you are in the list-- ex: Cool Whip, Miracle Whip, and the like
                                                                soy-based products that are supposed to look/taste like "meat"-- what's wrong with tofu?
                                                                "ethnic" stuff that clearly isn't-- ex: "Chinese" dishes containing canned pineapple and maraschino cherries

                                                                While I haven't had fast food in years, but I'm not sure whether it's because I won't eat it or because there's no point when there's usually great-tasting, fresh, accessible food.

                                                                1. Cheese, unfortunately. Except for Marscapone. I love the look of cheeses and I'm intrigued by the variety, but I just can't stomach it. I don't know why - it's partly the texture and sour aftertaste, partly the smell. I try it from time to time to see if I can get over this because it would be so useful to be able to like it. Anyone else like this????

                                                                  1. McDs, KFC, BK, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Harvey's etc. etc.

                                                                    This is not just a health thing...I just can't get past the disgusting smell that emanates from these joints to get through the door in the first places.


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                                                                    1. Egg yolks -- hate the texture, hate the taste so much it'd be like a Fear Factor challenge for me to eat them

                                                                      Avocado/Guacamole -- this is one of those foods I WISHED I liked, but just don't...never have

                                                                      1. Sea cucumber. Its a living mass of jello that sustains itself by eating garbage that falls to the sea floor. It is literally the only thing I've ever eaten where I couldn't get down a second bite.

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                                                                        1. re: OssoBuco

                                                                          Yeah, these are NOT good. Ugh. One bite was enough.

                                                                        2. Raw onions are the only thing on my do not eat list and I like them cook so ???

                                                                          1. Not much I *wouldn't* eat.

                                                                            But... I had these ashy, gray, preserved, hard-boiled eggs while I was in China in March... Thousand-year-old-eggs I think they're called. It wasn't a dare, but they were on the table and ordered by our host. My wife politely declined, so, that's kind of like an unspoken dare, right? Think sulfur-flavored jello with a hint of french cheese on the nose...

                                                                            I probably wouldn't eat those again.

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                                                                            1. re: birddog

                                                                              Try it again in a bowl of congee or with a slice of pickled ginger.

                                                                            2. i guess i'm the only one so far that's gonna say it. STINKY TOFU. just can't get past the smell. it kills me.

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                                                                              1. re: ktown378

                                                                                Haven't been in it's presence, so can't address it. Very curious though.

                                                                              2. maybe a few others can chime in and be specific about the smell. to me it smells like the odor you hate the most multiplied by 10. apparently it's delicious though.

                                                                                1. ditto on the octopus...rubber to me.

                                                                                  1. Balut. I'm not brave enough yet.

                                                                                    1. Brussel sprouts. P.U.
                                                                                      Oh, and chitlins, I guess. I can't eat anything that stinks while you're cooking it.

                                                                                      1. Raisins. I will seriously eat anything else but I hate raisins. But I don't like to seem picky so I'll eat them anyway. hahha

                                                                                        1. I am one of thiose folks (I've met others) to whom fresh cilantro tastes like dish soap. Cannot abide it.

                                                                                          I make waqht a friend calls "the best salsa ever". I have to take her word for it since I use fresh cilantro in it.

                                                                                          1. I almost forgot Soondae! (Korean blood sausage with vermicelli noodles)

                                                                                            I probably wouldn't eat head cheese either, but I've never had the opportunity to reject it

                                                                                            1. companion animals: dog, cat, horse. that is about it. would love a tongue taco now.

                                                                                              1. Splenda makes me ill. Had a bad reaction to a diet beverage a few years back and haven't touched it since.

                                                                                                1. Beets, my family is so confused by this, I try but just cannot stand them any way...

                                                                                                  Chicken breast on the bone, too many food poisoning issues...

                                                                                                  Yellow/orange cheese not melted, can't explain it. Love all white cheeses any way though!