Not sure if this is the right place but anyways, whenever I eat certain flavours/ textures of foods I experience a severe gag reflex. For example, I have eaten key lime pie and thought I was going to be sick and have had this same reaction to lemon foods and even the smell alone can cause it to happen. This goes beyond the standard "being fussy with food" and just want to know if this is normal and what could be causing it?
Intense food aversion Watch
- Thread Starter
- 14-05-2013 17:11
- 14-05-2013 23:12
If it's just one area of food, then don't worry too much about it. If it happens too often in your opinion, then you might have an eating disorder which needs seeing to by your doctor.
I have a similar problem with anything nutty. The smell of toasted almonds makes me gag. However, I used to have a nut allergy, and when I was first diagnosed they told me that the fact I didn't ever like nuts could have been an indication because some people have a sixth sense. So you may actually be allergic to perhaps the high amount of citric acid in citrus fruits or something. You could also have a sensitive stomach to the acidity and so you have learnt that your stomach doesn't like this, which would cause a gag reflex. However the fact that I 'grew out of' my allergy just shows that your tastes and your body can change and adapt to things.
If it's not an allergic reaction and is simply a dislike for the food, it might be an idea to try and get used to the smell, at least, by exposing yourself to it intentionally and trying to reverse the reflex you have developed. It will be impossible to try and avoid the smell forever!