Most people have heard of phobias like fear of heights and spiders, but how about fear of vegetables and chopsticks? People who suffer from food-related phobias experience extreme anxiety when faced with their edible object of dread, including panic attacks, irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nausea. Do certain foods set your heart a racing? The following is a list strange food phobias that have been graced with a name.
Fear of sourness. for some people, the pucker caused by citrus fruits like lemons and sour candies like SweeTarts is too much to handle. Acerophobes will avoid this tongue-tingling sensation whenever possible.
Fear of chicken. Alektorophobes are not reassured by the comment, “It tastes like chicken.” This subset of people might feel better if an unfamiliar food tastes like beef, thank you very much.
Fear or aversion to mushrooms. We all know mushrooms grow in dirt. But wipe off the grime, and most of us see a tasty topping for pasta or burgers. Not so with mycophobes, for whom mushrooms inspire feelings of dread and maybe even shortness of breath.
Fear of garlic. If garlic’s strong flavor and odor are an extreme turn-off, that means everything from shrimp scampi to pesto are on the avoid-at-all-costs list.
Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. With this food phobia, peanut butter is not the enemy, per se. It’s the “what if my mouth never opens properly again?!” part that inspires fear.
Fear of meat. While vegetarians dislike the thought of eating meat, carnophobes truly fear it. The endless skewered steaks, chops, and kebabs at Brazilian churrascarias must send shivers down their spines.
Fear of food/eating. This would be a tough phobia to live with. Where are the futuristic food pills when you need them?!
Fear of chopsticks. Long, slender, and to some, utterly terrifying, these age-old conveyors of sushi (or dumplings or Szechuan beef) to mouth are best left in the takeout bag. Good thing forks and fingers can take their place at the table.
Fear of taste. Taste comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes when it comes to food. Geumophobes don’t fear food so much as flavor. We wonder if their diets consist of plain pasta, poached chicken, and steamed potatoes, hold all sauces.
Fear of fish. Fish can be a challenging protein for some people, what with all the tiny bones, shiny scales, and slippery texture when raw. And what if you’ve seen movies like Frankenfish or Piranha 3-D? Forget about it.
Fear of vegetables. We’re fairly certain that some shrewd 10 year old has tried to claim lachanophobia once the Brussels sprouts hit the dinner table. Sorry, kids. True lachanophobes wouldn’t even touch a carrot stick with a 10-foot pole.
Fear of cooking. while some people have the pizza delivery place on speed dial because they don’t have the time or energy to cook, mageirocophobes avoid cooking because of intense anxiety. Future Top Chefs, they are not, but at least they can eat without fear.
Fear of shellfish. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, seafood allergies (including scaly fish and shellfish) are the most common causes of potentially life-threatening food allergy. But ostraconophobes can’t even look at shellfish without anxiety, let alone consume shrimp cocktail.
Fear of swallowing. Having a fear of swallowing makes eating quite difficult, which is why phagophobes are often mistaken as being cibophobic or anorexic. This irrational fear of swallowing usually triggers an extremely strong gag reflex in sufferers.
Fear of hot things. for people who suffer from thermophobia, a hot meal sounds like a dreadful proposition.