The weirdest food phobias in existence | Gourmand and Gourmet

The weirdest food phobias in existence

We love all foods here (duh!), from the usual to the weird and wonderful (Icelandic yoghurt and head cheese made it onto our plates this week) but apparently there are people in this world who aren’t so keen on certain foods and take fussy eating to the next level. There are some strange food phobias out there that are interesting, odd and even downright absurd. Geumophobia:  Fear of taste We just can’t even. What do these people eat? Tofu? Plain rice? How can you be afraid of the taste of maple bacon? Oenophobia: Fear of wine Really? Is this a fear of wine or the fear of the bad decisions that happen when you drink too much of it? Or perhaps just a bad case of hangover-phobia. We all get THAT after a big weekend. Frigophobia: Fear of cold things OMG, no ice cream? Carnophobia: Fear of meat Talk about taking vegetarianism to the extreme. Can you imagine not being able to scarf down a pulled pork burger or pepperoni pizza? Probably not, and we’re right there with you. Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables If it’s leafy and green it’s out! This is every kids dream diagnosis, right?  No mum, I can’t eat that broccoli, I have lachanophobia. Maybe we could use it as an excuse for the next time we’re presented with brussels sprouts. Consecotaleophobia: Fear of chopsticks Not quite a food phobia, but close enough. Caused by a bad experience attempting to use chopsticks as walrus tusks maybe? At least they have a valid excuse to eat ramen with a spoon and fork – maybe we should get board. Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth One of the more well-known ridiculous food phobias. You can enjoy your peanut butter but don’t let it stick to the roof of your mouth. Peanut butter milkshakes all round! Alliumphobia: Fear of garlic Not to be confused with vampirism, which can be recognised by sharpened teeth, pale skin and skin that ‘sparkles.’ Those suffering from alliumphobia won’t just refuse to kiss you after a big bowl of garlic loaded pasta, they’ll run screaming for the hills. Deal. Breaker. There you have it – a list of everything we’re not. If any of these sound like you, we don’t know exactly why you’re here but join the party and we’ll surely find a delicious way for you to conquer your fear. Words by Typhanie Vayro