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Apr 16, 2008 12:47 PM

taste flashbacks

Does anyone know what I mean? I get these. They're not the same thing as cravings. It's like the flavor of something I haven't tasted in awhile will suddenly, apropos of nothing, flash through my head/across my mental tastebuds. I can be walking down the street minding my own business when suddenly & strongly, whoa, pot roast or jelly doughnut. It tends to happen more with proteins and sugars than with veggies or grains, which makes me think it's more evolutionary than personal.

Am I making any sense?

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  1. yes. i actually coined a term for this:

    "phantom flavors."

    1. Yes and I believe it is a neurological phenomenon (i.e., there is a physiological cause in the wiring of your brain). At least this is what a neurologist acquaintance told me. He also said that some people will, under times of stress, smell a certain smell that they may have associated with something in their childhood, like a certain food.

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      1. re: farmersdaughter

        There's a medical term for this but I can't remember it. My sister gets this before she gets a major migraine! She says she tastes everything but citrus in particular. Not to scare you, but if it becomes more intense, you may want to talk to your doctor. But I have had them from time to time.

        1. re: southernitalian

          olfactory hallucinations are potentially indicative of more serious health issues. see these articles:

      2. oddly enough i get these for jello.... go figure

        1. I get it for the hard sour cherry candy no longer available (Crown?) I think it is triggered by something that blooms in the spring, but I can taste the exact flavor in my head for a moment.

          1. It sounds like it might be a form of synesthesia. I'm not a neurologist, and don't even play one on TV, so you might want to wiki it. I'm assuming these aren't actual odors that trigger the taste sensation, but something is triggering the taste sensation that doesn't seem to have anything to do with it? Like, you saw a brown dog and now you taste canned peaches? Or you were thinking it might rain, and now you've got the taste of succotash? That sort of thing?


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            1. re: comestina

              Cool, you guys! I knew I couldn't be alone. Yes, farmersdaughter/comestina: my sweetie has a seizure disorder, and he tells me that some people who have seizures also have auras beforehand—every time they'll smell the same smell, hear the same sound, or have the same memory. It seems similar (if less traumatic).