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montrealeater Mar 3, 2012 12:37 PM

Is there any flavour that can actually make you physically sick? Something you couldn't choke (or keep) down even if you were paid? I'm mostly wondering about common/everyday things, not exotic stuff that many people would find nasty (balut, for example).

For me:

- marzipan - I love almonds and almond flavour in many things, but the combination of the almond and the sweetness of marzipan makes me gag. I could not swallow this.

- green or red cough medicine - I would lvoe to know the ingredient that makes this so, so awful - this is, with marzipan, i think the only flavour I have experienced in my life that will make me vomit

- cilantro - if I hardly chew at all and swallow it quick, I can handle this, but the taste lingers in the mouth and if I eat too much or let it stay there for too long, I get the gags

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  1. ipsedixit Mar 3, 2012 12:50 PM

    Chocolate and orange.

    Doesn't make me gag, but I certainly do not like it.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      srr Mar 4, 2012 07:28 PM

      Oh!! My most hated combination!!!

      1. re: ipsedixit
        AmyH Mar 5, 2012 04:21 PM

        I can do orange and chocolate... it's orange and cream that I loathe. I can feel my stomach twist just thinking about creamsicles. Gak.

        And coffee. Can't stand the taste or smell of it. Smells like raw sewage to me. And my husband loves the stuff and freshly grinds his beans each morning. I have to stay out of the kitchen. I can't have it in any other product either, with the exception of a tiny bit in chocolate icing or honey cake. But I like it when I go to group dinners and they have tiramisu for dessert because I'm not even tempted to have any!

        1. re: AmyH
          gembellina Mar 6, 2012 04:40 AM

          Those chocolates that sneak up on you in a mixed box which are a chocolate shell filled with orange cream, such an unpleasant surprise. and the strawberry creams too.

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            ipsedixit Mar 6, 2012 04:42 AM

            Raspberry and chocolate is pretty nasty too. Especially raspberry liqueur filled chocolate bon bons.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              sunshine842 Mar 6, 2012 11:38 AM

              just slide that box over this way, ips -- I'm pretty sure I could live on chocolate and raspberry anything.

              But it has to be *real* raspberry -- the artificial raspberry flavor makes me gag.

      2. The Professor Mar 3, 2012 01:13 PM

        I'll basically try anything once, and that's how I've rolled since teen-hood. So over the years there have been maybe a few things I wouldn't subsequently pursue, but honestly, I can't recall ever tasted anything _so_repulsive that it produced any kind of gag response. Even lutefisk couldn't do it.
        But I'll report back after I've tried some durian. From what I've heard, that stuff is reputed to be a real stink-fest. :-0

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        1. re: The Professor
          montrealeater Mar 3, 2012 01:23 PM

          What wouldn't you subsequently pursue, then? I'm curious. And yes, I've heard durian can push even those with cast iron bellies over the edge.

          1. re: The Professor
            Duppie Mar 3, 2012 01:24 PM

            I'm your exact opposite....Love Durian and despise lutefisk . What does me in is Marmite and Balut.

            1. re: Duppie
              smartie Mar 3, 2012 04:45 PM

              I love Marmite but then I'm a Brit.

              Can't stand anchovies, wintergreen or spearmint - now these things make me gag.

            2. re: The Professor
              porker Mar 4, 2012 01:08 PM

              We tried durian a couple years back and were somewhat disappointed - the stink factor was very slight. I'm told durian coming into NA is frozen to kill any nasties and apparently the freezing also mutes the stink.

              1. re: porker
                huiray Mar 4, 2012 01:27 PM


                I'm not obsessed with durians but I find properly ripened durians and the flesh very fragrant and distinctive, both in a nice way, ditto the taste. Unripe durian or the fruit of poor varieties has an unpleasant "green" taste while barely smelling at all. Considered by many folks (in the Occident, especially) to be an "acquired taste", of course.

              2. re: The Professor
                iL Divo Mar 4, 2012 07:01 PM

                really liked lutefisk as a child with lots of melted butter as gramma did it that way and we kids always reached for the ketchup.
                durian, no thanks, smelled one in an Asian market in West Edmonton Mall in Canada and it even kind of repulsed that way.
                rutabaga. gag me with a spoon, never ever again will I be forced to eat that disgusting dribble.

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                baseballfan Mar 3, 2012 01:15 PM

                +1 on the cilantro. I also can't stand the smell or texture of banannas. If forced to eat a bananna, I will throw up.

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                  montrealeater Mar 3, 2012 01:25 PM

                  That's interesting about bananas - I intensely dislike ripe bananas,and find the smell of them disgusting. They have that sweet, fetid, edge-of-rotten smell. Unripe bananas are fine by me, tho, and I eat them a lot.

                  Ipsedixit - I love choc and orange but funnily enough it's one of those things that, even tho I like it, I can see (taste) why other may not. That sharp/sweet thing can be a real turn off, sometimes.

                  1. re: montrealeater
                    kinnickinnik Mar 5, 2012 08:23 PM

                    Ditto on the bananas me. I love them just shy of ripe but as soon as the spots turn up, it crosses the line for me. Super ripe - happy to bake with but would gag if I ate as is.
                    Banana flavour is off putting to me to (like the fake banana in candies and such).

                    Spice-cake flavours trigger a gag reflex for me - where as the cake itself, or things that have that sweet-warm spice combo (persimmons, some wines that finish with a cloying spice cake note, some sweet beers)

                    1. re: kinnickinnik
                      JAB Mar 6, 2012 08:23 AM

                      +1 on artificial banana flavoring. I'll also add liver, eggs and peanut butter. I feel so much better now.

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                  Isolda Mar 3, 2012 01:28 PM

                  You must be related to my husband. He would have the same list, only in his case, he can't abide any type of almond flavor, except for plain almonds.

                  Ditto on the cough syrup and cilantro.

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                    Isolda Mar 3, 2012 01:30 PM

                    Artificial grape flavor, such as that used in candy or cough syrup. Even thinking about it makes me queasy.

                    White chocolate, although that is both a smell and texture thing for me. Can't even put it in my mouth without gagging!

                    I also hate alfredo sauce, at least the kind that is commonly served in all but the best restaurants.

                    1. Rilke Mar 3, 2012 01:32 PM

                      Sauerkraut. Can't even be around it.

                      1. twyst Mar 3, 2012 01:43 PM


                        1. arktos Mar 3, 2012 02:35 PM

                          Uncooked asafoetida is easily the most hideous tasting, smelling, awful substance in the culinary world. But once fried, it is quite delicious, rather oniony. And the asafoetida plantitself looks pretty weird too, like some kind of a giant mutant fennel.

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                            sunshine842 Mar 4, 2012 06:27 AM

                            I'm not one to be turned off by a name, but anything that combines the sound of "ass" and "fetid" in the same word can't be all that swell.....

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                              Bada Bing Mar 4, 2012 06:36 AM

                              Yeah, I couldn't handle or control the smell of an asafoetida container in my pantry cabinet even when I kept it in a ziplock bag, so I ended up storing it on a shelf in the garage (whereafter, unfortunately, I seldom bothered to use it).

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                              Honorarius Mar 3, 2012 02:40 PM

                              The two things that I can't stand the taste of are whipped cream and bananas... Either one makes me gag...

                              1. Disneyfreak Mar 3, 2012 03:01 PM

                                I hate the smell or raw pumpkin. I just can't handle it.

                                1. RUK Mar 3, 2012 03:11 PM

                                  Grated Parmesan Cheese. Smells like Vomit! Years ago at work one of the fellow would cover his whole dish with that stuff at lunch. I always tried to sit on the other end of the lunch table.

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                                  1. re: RUK
                                    smartie Mar 3, 2012 04:47 PM

                                    cheap parmesan smells of vomit, real stuff doesn't I don't think.
                                    Papaya smells of vomit and tastes of it too.

                                    1. re: smartie
                                      iluvcookies Mar 3, 2012 06:25 PM

                                      The cheap fake parmesan is atrocious... good Parmagiano Reggiano or Romano cheeses are wonderful and smell like, well, cheese.

                                      1. re: iluvcookies
                                        RUK Mar 4, 2012 05:52 AM

                                        They should never put that fake Parmesan stuff out at Salad bars!

                                      2. re: smartie
                                        porker Mar 4, 2012 01:10 PM

                                        Yeah, although I'm not from NYC, I never got the grays papaya thing.

                                        1. re: porker
                                          Duppie Mar 4, 2012 02:28 PM

                                          Recession special: 2 well done with mustard and onions and a Papaya champagne.....
                                          The best hang over cure.

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                                            porker Mar 5, 2012 04:21 AM

                                            I can understand the dogs (although I prefer mine steamed), but a vomit-tasting drink?

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                                              Duppie Mar 5, 2012 04:47 AM

                                              I'm pretty sure all the... eek...vomit I've tasted {all mine by the way} tasted nothing like Grey's Papaya favorite beverage.But I grew up with several Papaya trees in the back yard.I have a harder time with ripe mangoes.

                                      3. re: RUK
                                        huiray Mar 4, 2012 11:02 AM

                                        Interesting! I believe you like very many cheeses, though? What about a slice of ungrated Parmigiano-Reggiano, would that also smell rank to you?

                                        1. re: huiray
                                          montrealeater Mar 4, 2012 11:19 AM

                                          I enjoy parmesan and usually have a chunk in my kitchen, but I DO get that puke/vomit smell from it. Weirdly, this doesn't stop me from eating it at all. :)

                                          1. re: huiray
                                            RUK Mar 4, 2012 12:13 PM

                                            re Huiray - I eat ANY other cheese happily, down to Limburger, Harzer Roller and Goat cheese. But I have never bought any ungrated Parmigiano-reggiano/never ate it knowingly because of the smell of that grated stuff.

                                            1. re: RUK
                                              huiray Mar 4, 2012 12:30 PM

                                              I am not normally a cheese eater and do not seek out nor crave cheese. But if presented with a cheese platter and a slice of proper Parm-Reg was on it that would be the first one I'd go for. Ditto if I were to buy cheese, which is rare. :-)

                                              1. re: huiray
                                                RUK Mar 4, 2012 07:08 PM

                                                Today's Iron Chef America's secret ingredient is: Parmigiano-Reggiano. Maybe I get some good ideas here.....

                                        2. Bada Bing Mar 3, 2012 03:18 PM

                                          Tarragon always seems inexplicably wrong to me.

                                          1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 3, 2012 04:38 PM

                                            Kraft caramels
                                            Plain pork and beans from the can
                                            Homade eggnog
                                            (and although not a food) anything that that even slightly smells like baby powder or baby oil will damn near put me into convulsions.

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                                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1
                                              goodhealthgourmet Mar 3, 2012 05:53 PM

                                              ha! i have the same issue with baby powder & baby oil. so nice to know i'm not the only one - people usually look at me like i'm nuts when i mention it.

                                              as for foods:
                                              - chamomile or earl grey tea = instant gagfest. strangely enough i didn't mind earl grey when i was young, but something about the flavor & aroma of bergamot really turns my stomach now.
                                              - coconut in any form *used* to do it to me, but now i positively adore the meat and the milk. i still can't handle that horrid, stringy, sweetened dried stuff, but unsweetened dried is fine.
                                              - the smell of Cinnabon.
                                              - the smell of Subway bread.
                                              - artificial orange flavor that tastes like baby aspirin.
                                              - artificial hazelnut or almond flavoring.
                                              - cloves.


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                                                iluvcookies Mar 3, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                Speaking of Subway... The ladies' bathroom window of a NYC bookstore is directly above the back of a Subway, causing the "scent" of their bread to completely fill the bathroom.

                                                Needless to say I avoid Subway, but not the bookstore.

                                                1. re: iluvcookies
                                                  sunshine842 Mar 4, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                  yowza. Now there's an unfortunate scent-memory correlation.

                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                  EWSflash Mar 4, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                  Yeah, baby powder's a guaranteed gagger for me too.
                                                  Chamomile- made tea and breathed the steam once for a cold when I had a vicious cough and got so sick of it it grosses me out to this day. Besides, it didn't work at all.
                                                  Epazote- not sure how it came to be thought of as a flavoring because it's so sickening to me.
                                                  Cinnamon- it's been so overused. When somebody first started using the fake scent as a bathroom potpourri or putting it in coffee and darn near all flavored teas that really cinched it for me. Why? Same for mint, by the way.

                                                  1. re: EWSflash
                                                    montrealeater Mar 4, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                    Who knew about the baby powder? I wonder if there's a gender split on this one? Baby powder and baby oil (their scents) remind me of...babies, so i find them pleasant because of that association.

                                                    I am with you on cinnamon - it doesn't make me gag, but I find it overused for what it is (I don't personally think it's as applicable in so many dishes as many chefs/cooks seem to) and yes, there are a LOT of fakey cinnamon smells out there that are offputting. Esp. at Christmas - a friend's mother plugs those scent-wafting thingamajigs in 'cinnamon' into a wall and the whole house REEKS of fake-O chemical cinnamon. yeuch.

                                                    1. re: montrealeater
                                                      goodhealthgourmet Mar 4, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                      EWS & i are both women, so i don't think gender is a factor.

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                        EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                        Yeah, and mrbigshot is a man, sample size is way too small to draw any conclusions.

                                                    2. re: EWSflash
                                                      sunshine842 Mar 4, 2012 11:57 AM

                                                      Interesting -- chamomile is mostly known as a mild sedative -- and it's in a family of plants well known to trigger hay fever, so it's interesting that it would be suggested as a cold remedy.

                                                      and Epazote? I'm with you - I wouldn't want it as a full-on flavor, although I add it to my beans to eliminate the, er, after-effects (for which it works well)

                                                      Lots and lots of allergies in our house, so cinnamon is one of the few air fresheners (along with cinnamon) that I can use -- baby powder scented anything will trigger asthmatic reactions around these parts!

                                                      1. re: sunshine842
                                                        smartie Mar 4, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                        I can't drink chamomile because it starts an instant itchy throat reaction just like having hayfever.

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                                                  FoodPopulist Mar 3, 2012 05:02 PM

                                                  Fried eggs. I don't like eggs in general, but fried eggs are the worst. Even the smell sometimes makes me want to vomit.

                                                  1. EWSflash Mar 3, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                    Ther thought of balut is enough to make me want to throw up. Maybe it'sw a mom thing, but God almighty, who the hell thought of that?

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                                                    1. re: EWSflash
                                                      Duppie Mar 3, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                      ......drunk Filipino pranksters with short memories......

                                                    2. EWSflash Mar 3, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                      And also curry powder.

                                                      1. chefathome Mar 3, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                        Very little has made me gag thus far except for many airline meals (especially gluten free - they are deplorable) and ripe bananas, though I love ripe bananas in baking. Canned haggis (cannot recall the brand) did not smell or taste all that wonderful but I do enjoy the authentic thing in Scotland.

                                                        I dislike chocolate and mint together but it would never make me gag.

                                                        1. iluvcookies Mar 3, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                          Mayonnaise on anything.
                                                          I once discovered it on a burger. It was so vile I nearly lost it at the table. Why does mayo appear all over everthing lately?

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                                                          1. re: iluvcookies
                                                            jw615 Mar 4, 2012 05:54 AM

                                                            Agreed on the mayo - I absolutely can NOT handle it. I don't even want to have it on my hands.

                                                            Note - I did develop an egg allergy in adulthood, but even before the egg allergy, I could not handle mayo. Maybe my body was trying to tell me something...

                                                            1. re: jw615
                                                              EWSflash Mar 4, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                              I had no idea there were so many people who were so revolted by mayo until I started reading Chowhound. Makes you stop and think about who you've offended in the past!

                                                              1. re: EWSflash
                                                                Ruth Lafler Mar 4, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                You can add me to the list (see my comment about egg salad, below). A few weeks ago there were some sandwiches in the break room at work, I picked one up, thought "my tastes have changed over the years, I can handle a little mayo," took one bite and almost spit it out. What's annoying is all the upscale sandwich places that use various flavored aiolis as a major component on all their sandwiches.

                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                  iluvcookies Mar 5, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                                  YES!!! And if you ask for no mayo/sauce, too bad because a lot of places pre-make the sandwiches with the mayo on them. But I still don't get the mayo on the burger. The only thing worse than mayo is, ugh, warm mayo.

                                                                  1. re: iluvcookies
                                                                    sunshine842 Mar 5, 2012 10:37 AM

                                                                    but somehow I doubt any of you would do the toddler-inspired Icky Mayo dance, hopping up and down in your chair while waving your arms.

                                                                    I got to deal with that with not one, but TWO grown men (my boss and a colleague, no less)....the floor couldn't have opened up and swallowed me fast enough.

                                                                2. re: EWSflash
                                                                  iL Divo Mar 5, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                  for the record EWS....I am an adorer of mayonnaise :)

                                                                  1. re: iL Divo
                                                                    EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 05:28 PM

                                                                    As am I, my friend- when appropriate it's straight from Heaven.

                                                            2. Ruth Lafler Mar 3, 2012 06:33 PM

                                                              Egg salad. It's the most disgusting "normal" food in the world to me. I don't like the way it looks, the way it sounds, and the way it smells, and I'd never be able to put it in my mouth to know what it tastes like.

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                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                                                berkleybabe Mar 4, 2012 07:26 PM

                                                                +1 Ruth. Totally gross and my husband makes it now and then for lunch. Blech. But I do like deviled eggs.. go figure.

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                                                                  iL Divo Mar 5, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                  I love egg salad sandwiches go figure as I love mayo.
                                                                  but mostly loved how gramma made hers, never (that I saw or knew of) added mayo, puréed the hard boiled eggs and used mustard salt & pepper. - sooo good.

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                                                                    EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 05:29 PM


                                                              2. kubasd Mar 3, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                                - The smell of canned corned beef hash.... smells like dog food to me, gross!!
                                                                - Mint in any food item... unless it's an oral hygiene product, I can't stand it!!
                                                                - I do NOT like ripe bananas.... they have to have that tart, slightly vegetal unripe taste for me to like them.... once they cross over into the ripe starchy-ness, I cannot touch them, so gross!
                                                                - Ripe papaya... smells/tastes like rotting fruit to me
                                                                - I dont' gag at it, but watermelon... I do actively avoid it. I like the fake watermelon flavoured candies, but will NEVER eat the actual fruit.
                                                                - Pickled herring..... both in vinegar and in sour cream. I accidentally ate some in sour cream at a family gathering last year (I wasn't paying attention, and thought it was a potato salad or something..... I had to run to the bathroom!!) This aversion causes my Polish family great consternation :(

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                                                                1. re: kubasd
                                                                  MacTAC Mar 4, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                                  Ha! I love watermelon, but hate anything watermelon flavored.

                                                                2. Bill Hunt Mar 3, 2012 09:16 PM

                                                                  Canned asparagus and beets!

                                                                  Until I experienced fresh beets, I could not eat them. For asparagus, only a very few preps work, and then only partially.


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                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                    pinehurst Mar 5, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                                    Interesting, another poster mentioned asparagus and I wanted to ask "overcooked"? Because the canned stuff becomes a slimy, sulfuric mess. Canned beets I have to quick-pickle, but much prefer fresh roasted. Absolutely agree on the canned asparagus though. Blurg.

                                                                  2. The Professor Mar 3, 2012 10:36 PM

                                                                    Threads like this one always fascinate me, especially seeing so many foods on these lists which most folks would consider normal, everyday foods.
                                                                    Not knocking that, not at all. It's just interesting seeing how different individual taste perceptions can be.
                                                                    And vive la difference!

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                                                                    1. re: The Professor
                                                                      Bada Bing Mar 4, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                      The great variety is indeed striking.

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                                                                        huiray Mar 4, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                        Very striking, and very odd - in a generalized way.

                                                                      2. re: The Professor
                                                                        montrealeater Mar 4, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                        Yeah, I find it fascinating, too. Sometimes someone will have the same aversions, as a poster's husband above did, and sometimes someone will be averse to things I LOVE (like the poster above). I mean, not liking mayo? I can't wrap my head around that one. Or watermelon. It just seems so innocuous and not strongly flavoured. And the things like ripe banana, which I had no idea was so widespread.*

                                                                        There are also the foods I love to eat (I go through a LOT of eggs, I'd say I eat 10+ a week) that I can also see why they might gross some people out. In fact if I have a stomach flu or am queasy for some reason, eggs will make it worse. The smell, something about them just turns my stomach if I'm already feeling 'off'. I also know a couple of women who, when pregnant, couldn't stand eggs, even the faint smell of them being in the house.

                                                                        *Did anybody see that documentary 'Babies'? There's a scene in there where one of the under-1-y-o babies is filmed eating a banana - she receives no prompts from her mother or the cameraman and actually tries the 'stump' (you know, the dark bit at the end) of the banana twice before finally rejecting it, spitting it out with a distinct look of 'ugh' on her face and handing it to her mother. Another ripe banana hater in the making.

                                                                        1. re: montrealeater
                                                                          sunshine842 Mar 4, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                          I was the weird one -- when I was pregnant, I couldn't eat meat, but I ate tons and tons of eggs because they *didn't* upset my stomach.

                                                                          (I love bananas, but I'd make an "ugh" face if I bit into that part of a banana, too)

                                                                      3. gmm Mar 4, 2012 06:41 AM

                                                                        Warm or wilted lettuce, particularly iceberg. I hate when Mexican restaurants add that little pile of shredded lettuce to a plate of hot food. I usually ask for no lettuce, but if I forget, I have to pick every piece out. I'm fine with salads, or cold, crisp lettuce, but if it's not cold it really grosses me out.

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                                                                          JAB Mar 6, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                          Yes, no lettuce or tomato on my burgers.

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                                                                          MixBee Mar 4, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                          Grapefruit! I can't eat the other fruits in a fruit salad if grapefruit has been in it.

                                                                          1. huiray Mar 4, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                            Do you distinguish between how something tastes (the flavor) and how sometihing smells (the odor)? [I normally would think the two are tied together closely enough that one spills over into the other; although for stuff like durian it has also been said that it smells like hell but tastes like heaven]

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                                                                            1. re: huiray
                                                                              sunshine842 Mar 4, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                              huiray, French cheeses are a great example of smell vs. taste -- there are lots and lots of French cheeses that smell absolutely horrible -- but if you can get them past your nose, they're absolutely sublime.

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                                                                                RUK Mar 4, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                                                For me smell and taste are strongly connected. If it smells revolting I would have trouble eating it. Now Durian always smells good to me, so I totally love to eat it. Good Durian has a fruity - custardy smell and taste which with age simply increases towards the strongly fruity component. But then I don't have too much trouble with the very first molecules a Skunk ( or Coffee in the process of brewing) puts out either.

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                                                                                fourunder Mar 4, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                                Chinese Shrimp Paste....

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                                                                                  randyjl Mar 4, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                                  Asparagus, Brussels sprouts and boiled okra. I actually did throw up the okra all over my mother when she made me eat it!

                                                                                  1. CallAnyVegetable Mar 4, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                    Blue Cheese.

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                                                                                      huiray Mar 4, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                                                      Flavor or smell?

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                                                                                        CallAnyVegetable Mar 4, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                        Both. I find it tastes like sour vomit. Smell is actually a bit more tolerable.

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                                                                                      SpareRib Mar 4, 2012 02:33 PM

                                                                                      Rye! Just can't handle the smell or the taste. Won't even eat food that has been near rye just in case a seed has "contaminated" my stuff.

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                                                                                        southernitalian Mar 6, 2012 08:45 AM

                                                                                        By rye "seed", do you mean carraway? Becuase I hate that! Also, basil. Yuck. And licorice, fennel, anything like that.

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                                                                                          SpareRib Mar 6, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                          Yup, thems the ones! Funny thing is that I love licorice, fennel, etc. It's just those seeds - too intense.

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                                                                                          The Professor Mar 6, 2012 04:22 PM

                                                                                          There are rye breads made without caraway seeds and also without the 'sour starter' found in many rye breads. It's likely those two ingredients you don't like, not the rye itself.

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                                                                                          jvanderh Mar 4, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                                                          Blue cheese and fried green tomatoes. Blegh!!

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                                                                                            EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 05:30 PM

                                                                                            Sounds good to me 8-P

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                                                                                            Jjjr Mar 4, 2012 07:22 PM

                                                                                            Mushrooms and green peppers.

                                                                                            Those aren't entirely suprising things to mention to someone who may be picky, but I'm not picky. I love some funky things and could brush my teeth with anchovy paste but the simple green pepper and common mushroom are my mortal enemies.

                                                                                            It sucks because so many common things tend to have them in it like lasagne and pizza. As a kid, if a friend invited me over to their house for supper I'd usually make an excuse out of it out of fear it might be one of those things.

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                                                                                              berkleybabe Mar 4, 2012 07:27 PM

                                                                                              The worst thing I've had in memory was menudo...in a great restaurant, and I asked for a taste. I almost hurled all ove the table. Tasted like I was eating stable muck. Shudder.

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                                                                                              1. re: berkleybabe
                                                                                                EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                You didn't have enough lemon, cilantro, and scallion, or maybe you just hated it, I'm a fan of it and I crave it when I haven't had it recently, an acquired taste, I admit.

                                                                                              2. TheHuntress Mar 4, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                                Fresh tomato. It makes me sick to my stomach, even if I have to slice it up for someone. I get a mixed box of fruit and veg delivered weekly from a farmer direct company and every week we get tomatoes. I can usually give them away, otherwise they sit and go mouldy. No one in our house eats tomato (even the dogs turn their nose up at it *good dogs!*), so thankfully I don't have to go through the dry heaves too often.

                                                                                                That being said though, I invited my brother over for dinner during the week. We don't normally catch up socially, but I thought seeing as he had just lost his job immediately after buying a house I should try and do whatever I could to make his life a little bit easier. As soon as we sat down to the meal (that I lovingly crafted to the crazy rules of whatever pseudo-science based diet he is following this week) he started bitching that there was no tomato in the (green) salad. I don't think he quite gets how horrendously traumatised I am by tomato, but he got the damn thing sliced up exactly how he wanted it, on the condition he took all the tomatoes away from my kitchen. Wasn't such a bad deal in the end.

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                                                                                                1. re: TheHuntress
                                                                                                  jvanderh Mar 5, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                                                  Fresh tomato seems to be a commonly hated taste. I'm curious about it, because fresh tomatoes are my favorite food. Do you hate other umami tastes, like mushroom, sauteed garlic, and msg?

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                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Mar 5, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                                                    I don't think of tomatoes as being "umami" -- they're mostly a combination of sweet and sour/acidic, like other fruits.

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                                                                                                      jvanderh Mar 5, 2012 03:50 PM

                                                                                                      How very interesting. The umami aftertaste is exactly what I find so irresistible.

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                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 5, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                        tomatoes are high in free glutamic acid - the component most responsible for umami flavor in foods. the acidity and sweetness of fresh tomatoes can sometimes mask it, but once you roast, dry, or otherwise cook them down to concentrate the flavor they pack quite the umami punch.

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                                                                                                          Rilke Mar 5, 2012 05:44 PM

                                                                                                          Now I have a craving for sun dried tomatoes.

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                                                                                                            jvanderh Mar 5, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                                            Glutamic acid, huh? Mmmm :-)

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                                                                                                          TheHuntress Mar 6, 2012 01:12 AM

                                                                                                          I absolutely love other umami tastes, but fresh tomato is just food for the devil. I don't mind tomato based pasta sauces and the such, just not fresh. When dealing with recipes that call for a tin of crushed tomatoes or whatever I just substitute with a little tin of tomato paste and make it up to 400ml with chicken stock.

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                                                                                                            jvanderh Mar 6, 2012 04:28 AM

                                                                                                            Interesting! Thamks for responding.

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                                                                                                            ultimatepotato Mar 6, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                            I can't do raw tomato either and I've found it's quite common to not like the raw, but love the cooked/dried/processed stuff - i.e. my favourite crappy canned soup variety is plain tomato, I love tomato-based pasta sauces and ketchup.

                                                                                                            I love mushrooms, garlic and MSG though, so I'm not sure about the umami thing.

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                                                                                                              jvanderh Mar 6, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                              I think it's time to consider that theory debunked :-)

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                                                                                                            JAB Mar 6, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                                                            +1 on the fresh tomato.

                                                                                                          4. pinehurst Mar 5, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                            Everything listed in the original post, esp marzipan. Add to this list "fake" orange, as in orange sherbet and St. Joseph's chewable aspirin. Worse than the cough medicine for me. Horrible.

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                                                                                                              leeniebeanie Mar 5, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                                              Fois gras
                                                                                                              Just typing the words makes me woozy. So gross!

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                                                                                                                porker Mar 6, 2012 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                Oysters have very little flavor - tastes like seawater, no?

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                                                                                                                  thegforceny Mar 6, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                  I have a feeling it is not flavor at play here. I think it's the origin and/or texture of the item mentioned that upsets the poster. Is veal really that distinct a FLAVOR?

                                                                                                                  Happy to be corrected.

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                                                                                                                    leeniebeanie Mar 6, 2012 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                    I stand corrected. You are both correct, it is a texture/origin thing and perhaps because of that, they taste absolutely vile to me. I have tried and tried and I just can't get past it.

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                                                                                                                      porker Mar 6, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                      Mrs. Porker refuses to even think about trying oysters while I slurp with abandon. You're right, texture.

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                                                                                                                        thegforceny Mar 7, 2012 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                        Not trying to be aggressive, as we all like/dislike what we do.... And I respect views on sustainability and ethical food origins. I wonder how you'd do in a blind tasting.

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                                                                                                                      Avalondaughter Mar 7, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                      No, they have flavor. I remember just eating the breading off a fried oyster once and it was AWFUL!

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                                                                                                                        porker Mar 7, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                        not sure, but gforce might be talking more about veal.

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                                                                                                                          huiray Mar 7, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                          You mean like off Oysters Rockefeller? Or something else? Why would you not eat the oysters as well? In what way was the flavor AWFUL? Just curious.

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                                                                                                                          huiray Mar 7, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                          They definitely have flavor - to me. If one just swallowed them whole off the half shell as "they say" to do, then yes, you wouldn't taste much beyond the surrounding liquid which the oyster sits in, which would be seawater-like/briny. However, if one chewed on them, whether off the half shell or in some other dish (how about oyster omelette, oysters stir-fried with something, etc etc) then their flavor comes through.

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                                                                                                                      stilldontknow Mar 5, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                      Hersheys milk chocolate. Couldn't believe it was supposed to taste like that when I first tried it. Thought I'd picked up an defective one.

                                                                                                                      1. monkeyrotica Mar 6, 2012 04:35 AM


                                                                                                                        The wife can't stand blue cheese. Says it tastes like vomit, but I love the stuff.

                                                                                                                        There's a cheap style of gyro that some takeouts use that's frozen and looks like strips of grey bologna with bits of feces in it. Inedible. Also, there's a variety of prepared scrambled egg that's the texture of weather stripping, only with less flavor. Certain fastfood eateries use it in their breakfast sandwiches. Also inedible.

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                                                                                                                          gembellina Mar 6, 2012 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                          Unsmoked bacon. Smells like wee, don't think I could manage to put it in my mouth if I had smelled it cooking.

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                                                                                                                            ultimatepotato Mar 6, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                            I thought I was the only one that thought that unsmorked pork smells like wee! My mother thinks that the smell of pork cooking is the greatest thing in the world. She looks at me like I'm crazy when I tell her otherwise.

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                                                                                                                              Duppie Mar 6, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                              As a dedicated pork lover, I can tell you that you're not the only one, but it's not all pork.My mother used to say it's only the boars or male pigs that smells pissy but we were used to free range pork and just about everyone, up to today ,in the Caribbean washes pork with lime juice or vinegar to "cut the rankness" or that wee smell you experience.

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                                                                                                                                gembellina Mar 6, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                I'd heard that it might just be male pigs. I've noticed with with unsmoked bacon and with fillet, never with roasting joints thank goodness. Life wouldn't be worth living without roast pork and crackling.

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                                                                                                                                  porker Mar 6, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                  Speaking of urine...
                                                                                                                                  As a kid, my mother would cook pork kidneys for my dad. No washing, no fancy herbs, just a boil followed by frying. The whole house would smell like piss. Not the urine smell of a normal, healthy, hydrated, non-asparagus eating person, but rather the intense, strong odor of a back-alley urinal.
                                                                                                                                  Kinda put me off kidney.

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                                                                                                                                    Duppie Mar 6, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                    Been there...used to meander the wet markets of Port of Spain,Kingston and Bridgetown when stocking up for charters and the stench is indescribable.Something the we Americans have been isolated from all these generations. I still have friends that freak out at heads on shrimp.fish and chicken.

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                                                                                                                                      porker Mar 6, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      A little off-topic, but you touched a nerve. I very often order whole fish in a restaurant, be it walleye, grouper, snapper, or whatever. Many people are repulsed, which irks me as I see it as a thing of beauty....

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                                                                                                                                      iluvcookies Mar 6, 2012 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      I could never understand the thought behind eating kidneys and liver, they are the organs that purify the body.

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                                                                                                                                        Duppie Mar 6, 2012 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                        "everything but the oink".....

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                                                                                                                                          The Professor Mar 6, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          Right. Besides, they taste yummy if prepared right.

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                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Mar 6, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                        Jeez- my apologies for your upbringing in that method.

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                                                                                                                                          porker Mar 6, 2012 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yeah, well...

                                                                                                                                          I live near Montreal where the language is mostly French, and so many menus are in French. So once in a while you see something like Rognons avec Lentilles et Fenouil which sounds pretty sexy, then I think, kidney with lentil and fennel - ok, still pretty sexy...but then it comes back; waking up on a Sunday morning with that smell...no longer sexy and on to the next menu item.

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                                                                                                                                        ultimatepotato Mar 7, 2012 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the info, it explains a lot! *Cuts, pastes, sends to Mother with subject of "Hah! Not crazy!"

                                                                                                                                  2. Robin Joy Mar 6, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                    Andouillette. Yummy......NOT.

                                                                                                                                    Wiki quote: "All have an extremely strong, distinctive odor related to their intestinal origins and components"


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                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 Mar 6, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                      Just for clarification, we're talking about FRENCH Andouille/Andouillette -- not the Cajun stuff, which is a different creature altogether and really delicious.

                                                                                                                                      The kindest thing I can say about French andouille/andouillette is that it tastes exactly like it smells. (if you've ever smelled it, you know this is rather faint praise)

                                                                                                                                    2. monkeyrotica Mar 6, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      Aspartame. It tastes the way an old chemistry set smells.

                                                                                                                                      1. OCEllen Mar 6, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                        Mint! Anything remotely mint like can make me feel ill! Even the smell!

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                                                                                                                                          kubasd Mar 6, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                          I wrote upthread about my hate of everything mint (outside oral hygiene products), but I'm realizing I'm straight up weird in my dislike of it. If I'm reading a recipe or watching a cooking show, and they have mint in the ingredients list, I just stop reading or watching. I don't think "Oh, I could leave it out" or "Hmmm what could I sub for it" like I would if I was missing an ingredient at home. I just give up immediately on the recipe. I wonder why...

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                                                                                                                                            OCEllen Mar 6, 2012 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                            My dental chart has NO MINT in big red letters on it. Dentist and hygenist think the reaction is allergic as much as any thing else....

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                                                                                                                                          M_and_H Mar 6, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                          For me it has to be natto. I've given it multiple tries but still can't get used to it, and I eat almost anything else.

                                                                                                                                          1. John E. Mar 6, 2012 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                            There are just a few flavors/ ingredients that really bother me, unfortunately, they are quite common. I try to avoid mayonaisse, mustard, and pickles of any kind, I just don't care for the sour aspect of them. Cilantro tastes bad as well, although 'soapy' is not a description I would use.

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                                                                                                                                              UTgal Mar 7, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                              Green peppers

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                                                                                                                                                sueatmo Mar 7, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                The foulest thing I can think of is the taste of regular aspirin. I really hate it. If I had to actually eat aspirin, I would starve. But the other, normal, things people have mentioned as being awful for them I don't consider foul tasting, like mayo. Foul? I understand when people don't like certain things; I don't like canned pineapple for instance, but I would never call the taste foul.

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                                                                                                                                                  BrightRedMud Mar 7, 2012 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  For me, it's flax seed oil. Extremely gag-inducing. I love flax seed and have eaten it for years, but one whiff of flax seed oil and I was horrifed with what I'd purchased. I don't think it was rancid either, as it had been refrigerated at the store.

                                                                                                                                                  I sent an e-mail to the company that made it, and got a reply stating that some people just hate flax seed oil!

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                                                                                                                                                    sueatmo Mar 8, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                    You are right. It smells awful. I assume it would taste same. But I used if for seasoning my cast iron pans.

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                                                                                                                                                    M_and_H Mar 7, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Another item that I can't stand the smell is Doritos, but it's fine eating it, I just can't stand the smell if someone nearby is eating it.

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                                                                                                                                                      porker Mar 8, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                      We call it stinky feet smell

                                                                                                                                                    2. southernitalian Mar 14, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The Carbonara War thread going on right now reminded me that if I detect even the slightest bit of nutmeg or cinnamon in savory Italian dishes, I'm out!

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                                                                                                                                                        sunshine842 Mar 14, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                        my lasagne recipe (and therefore my sauce recipe) came from the grandmother of an Italian friend of mine -- and it is added as a note at the bottom to never, ever forget the nutmeg grated over the cheese layer.

                                                                                                                                                        the grandmother was born and lived her entire life in the same village near Milan...so if she wrote to put it in -- it's in!

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