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Jan 13, 2013 11:27 PM

Sudden aversion to ketchup

I used to love ketchup. I was never the person to use it on nearly any and everything but certain foods were often eaten just so that I could have ketchup (e.g. fries, grilled cheese, burger) so it's not an overdose issue. However, in the past few months I've noticed that I've grown to not only not love, but to not like, and even to dislike ketchup. There is a long list of foods that I have grown to like and love, but I don't have many foods that I have grown to dislike and never imagined the first would be ketchup. Has this suddenly happened to anyone else?

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  1. I hope it's only temporary, because my mind really loves meat. My mind adores a slab o' nice juicy prime rib or a beautiful medium-rare steak with horseradish cream. My mind loves a fried half-breast of crispy fried chicken, or a slow-braised osso bucco.
    Unfortunately, within the past year and a half or so, meat has gotten less and less appealing no matter what meat/poultry/fish it is or how it's prepared. Because I cook for other people, I absolutely have to taste it, to make sure everything is well-prepared and correctly seasoned. I can't say that it's repugnant to me - it smells and looks wonderful - and it tastes completely "right," but it just doesn't do anything for me. Go figure, considering that my mind is still a huge carnivore. It's my tastebuds that won't comply!!

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    1. re: mamachef

      Yea, I hope it's only temporary as well. I love malt vinegar on fries, but the ketchup also elevated the experience.

    2. Have you started any kind of medicine recently? A while back when I started taking medicine to prevent migraines, a small handful of foods suddenly turned me off and they still do.
      Luckily, there's still more than enough stuff left to love :)

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      1. re: alliegator

        Nope, that's the thing, I haven't changed anything or anything that I can remember. Perhaps I should try a new brand and see if that has the same feeling.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Hmmm, or maybe try something sriracha or some homemade bbq sauce where you would use ketchup? Maybe a little kick in the tastebuds will get your red dipping sauce appetite going.

          1. re: alliegator

            Oh I love both the aforementioned condiments in fact had a load of sriracha and bbq sauce just yesterday and they went down quite fine.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              My husband isn't the biggest ketchup fan in the world, but I started mixing half ketchup and half sriracha and he eats it on everything now.

            2. re: alliegator

              exactly what I was thinking, perhaps you are just getting tired of the sweetness and need to spice it up, some chipotle in adobo is nice too, but my favorite is sriracha

        2. Tastes can change, as bodies change, taste receptors and personal body chemistry can react differently to foods. If you've always used the same brand of ketchup perhaps the maker changed an ingredient, their formula, somehow, and you're sensing (and disliking) that somehow.

          A big red flag for pregnancy is sudden food aversions, if you're at risk for pregnancy. :)

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            1. re: afridgetoofar

              Ha, I was going to say the same thing (not evening knowing the poster's gender) . . . .great minds think alike ;)

            2. I was a moderate user of ketchup years ago, but gradually lost interest in it. That's a good thing, because ketchup has added sugar. I think it was a part of losing interest in sweet food generally. Now that I am aware of the harmul effects of sugar I have reduced my intake even more. The right amount of ketchup is zero — there's just no need for it.

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              1. re: GH1618

                I think this might the issue. I am not the biggest fan of sweet foods. My servings of desserts are laughable to most - the dose of sugar I can tolerate is maxed out at a sliver of pie (literally 1/16th of a regular sized 9 inch) pie so perhaps it's my sweet aversion has grown stronger. Even with ice cream, I think I'm the only person who eats 1/2 of the actual serving size which to most is inadequate by far and they tend to dollop out up to 2-3 servings in a sitting.

              2. Hunt's and Heinz have both changed their ketchup recipes in the last year or so. They have replaced the high fructose corn syrup with plain old sugar. This may in turn change the mouth feel/taste for you and hence your "aversion." Just a thought.