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What food actually makes you gag?

Not the food you don’t like. The food that makes you feel helpless and frightened when your host slaps it onto your plate.

1y ago

It’s said – by probably no one but me – that the way to test the difference between a food you dislike and a food you hate is to be that guest, flapping the napkin onto your lap as you look up and see your beaming host entering with your food nemesis.

If it's food you dislike, you'll maintain a conversation while slowly eating it. If it’s one that makes you gag, your host - already searching for the signs - will suspect everything.

I’m generally an utterly polite and steely-countenanced diner, but these are the foods that cause me involuntary contortion and a bleating sheep look:


I remember the first time I had it. I was assured it was just like zucchini – which is a common bad strategy to food parenting. A child should be told that something which looks unpleasant tastes like anchovy and cat litter but they have to eat it anyway. They’ll only be pleasantly surprised.

Because yes. Eggplant doesn’t taste like the familiar zucchini.


I love egg, and potato, and mayonnaise, but cold and combined is like someone told a giant a joke when he was eating, and it all came out his nose.


Some foods – Parmesan cheese, cabbage, boiled egg – have a taste that pleasantly belies their smell. But blue vein cheese tastes like vomit.


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Comments (113)

  • 3. Pineapple

    2. Fresh/Raw Tomato taste

    1. HAGGIS

      1 year ago
  • Natto. I can not even watch someone eat it.

    Liver. My dear grandma made it many different ways in hopes I would like one of them but I always had to spit it out.

      1 year ago
    • I heard from an older Japanese woman who was looking for beans to make natto was that the taste had to be introduced at a very young age. Otherwise people just plain don't like it. I will agree that it's taste left much to be desired

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        1 year ago
  • Jiggly bits in meat, the jelly bits 🤢🤢🤢

      1 year ago
  • Liver🤢

      1 year ago
    • Yes, it's a bizarre people who eat that.

        1 year ago
    • I think it’s great when seasoned and prepared well. I used to hate it too until i had some from a restaurant. They fried it well and added a lotta Indian spices.

        1 year ago
  • Any food my mother cooks. I'm actually am surprised I'm alive. NASA used her gravy recipe to make the tiles for the outside of the space shuttle.

      1 year ago