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Old 05-30-2003, 08:52 AM
Bob Lawblaw Bob Lawblaw is offline
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Do vegetables taste like dirt to you?

Aside from starchy veggies like potatoes, corn, lima beans etc., I am unable to eat vegetables like lettuce, peppers, well, all of them, as they taste like dirt. It's like I have a bowl of dirt in front of me and if I try some my gag reflex kicks into gear and I can't swallow them.

At first I thought I might be a "supertaster" but they seem mostly affected by bitter foods, which I'm not. I've also been given the advice to use lots of salad dressing, but I've yet to find one I like.

How prevalent is this dirt taste?
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:04 AM
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I'd say washing them thoroughly would be a great start. I don't mean to belittle a seeming bewildering disability to eat veggies, but I have never had a veggie taste like dirt after it was washed.
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:27 AM
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Sorry - veggies are yummy here... but all beef products taste the same to me. Sirloin, Hamburger, Liver - no difference. My hubby thinks I'm a mutant.
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:33 AM
Bob Lawblaw Bob Lawblaw is offline
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I knew someone would say "wash 'em"

Alas, regardless of their cleanliness they still taste like dirt.
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:37 AM
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No, but coincidently dirt tastes like chicken to me!


Kidding people... move along.

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Old 05-30-2003, 09:44 AM
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I've not eaten any vedgetables or meat since i was about 6, except potatoes. I wish i did but its been so long that i can't bring myself to do it, my mum never forced me to eat anything i didn't want to but i wish she had now. I know that I'll never eat meat now but i would like to be able to eat vedgetables.
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:50 AM
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What's left dawne? Pasta? Fruit?
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:55 AM
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Bob - as someone who spends his fair share of time in the dirt (archaeology can't avoid it) maybe you should tell us what kind of dirt you mean.
Are you talking sandy gritty, forresty dirt? Or more of a blackish, sweet, nebraska wheat feild kind of dirt?
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Old 05-30-2003, 10:01 AM
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It seems the only foods I like are high in carbs. Pasta, meat, bread, cheese, cakes and other assorted sweets etc. I love vegetable soups and stews where all the tastes blend together and I use onions in cooking but raw veggies are gross. I don't think it's all in my head because I love looking at salad bars and the veggies in the store; seeing all the colours/variety of the food... looks inviting but...
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Old 05-30-2003, 10:06 AM
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Maybe something about the texture of raw vegetables does it? Something about the crunchiness gets translated to "= gritty = dirt" in your head? What about stirfried or steamed vegetables, where they're still a bit crispy but cooked; does it happen then?
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Old 05-30-2003, 10:15 AM
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I don't mind crunchy in other foods. I've tried stirfried and steamed with no luck. One of my favourite meals is Soup Just Like Ma Made ItTM - parsnips, celery, carrots, onions etc - mmmmmm.
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Old 05-30-2003, 10:30 AM
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I wonder if you could work your way up from more mushy/blended veggies slowly, gradually increasing the crunchiness level. Sort of like how they do desensitization therapy for some phobias - slowly increase your exposure to the object in question until it's not such a big deal any longer. Like perhaps working up from creamed corn to regular canned corn (maybe mixed with some creamed for a while) to fresh corn kernels cooked for decreasing amounts of time until it's pretty crispy. (Not just corn of course, but that was for an example of what you could try it with.)
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Old 05-30-2003, 10:56 AM
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I know exactly what you mean about the dirt taste. Lettuce is the worst, for some reason. My brother feels the same way, FWIW.
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Old 05-30-2003, 11:01 AM
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I have never had that with lettuce, or any other veggie save one: beets. Those taste like dirt to me. No idea why.
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Old 05-30-2003, 11:03 AM
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try organically grown vegetables.
they have [i[taste[/i], unlike the chemically grown stuff, which just tastes like dirty water.


I never eat pepper raw, though, I always cook them. Or stirfry them.

My favourite home made salad would be:
iceberg lettuce, cucumber, red onion (finely chopped), feta cheese (in small chunks), and chives to top it off.

scrumptious!

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Old 05-30-2003, 12:25 PM
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I used to have the same reaction to veggies when I was about 10 YO. For some reason, at the sime time in my life all nuts tasted like sawdust.

Fortunately I seem to have outgrown it and now I enjoy both.
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Old 05-30-2003, 01:20 PM
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dangit, i was also gonna say "wash em". And not to be flip either. They actually tasted like dirt till I washed em. Haven't noticed a dirt taste since.
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Old 05-30-2003, 02:21 PM
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Asparagus tastes like dirt to me, though other vegetables are just fine.

I find that butter and garlic render the "dirt" untasteable, though this may counterbalance your reason for eating veggies in the first place.
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Old 05-30-2003, 02:27 PM
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Why did you ever eat dirt in the first place to come to know what it tastes like?

If you didn't, which I suspect, then what you are really saying is that veggies taste like veggies and you have come to associate the vegitable taste with dirt. There are psychological techniques for overcoming this type of association. Talk to a mental heath professionsal for ideas about what might work for you.
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Old 05-30-2003, 02:47 PM
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Ewww, vegetables.
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Old 05-30-2003, 02:54 PM
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I can't stand most vegetables. Lettuce and green beans are the only two that don't trigger a gag reflex. I'm working on carrots.

I know vegetables are good for me. Heck, if it was just the fact that they tasted terrible, I'd choke em down anyway because of the benefits they offer. But I gag when I eat them. I think a big part of it is the texture; I can eat vegetables when they're in soup. V-8 is very yummy; I can drink gallons of that stuff. But brussel's sprouts, or the flowerette thingys on broccoli make my throat go nuts.
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Old 05-30-2003, 03:49 PM
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Now someone has to start a Pit thread titled "Enough with the vegetablephobia!"
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Old 05-30-2003, 04:50 PM
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Bob,
Are you posting this because you're just curious about how common it is? Or are you concerned about it being a possible problem healthwise?

If you're concerned about not getting enough nutrients, then just make sure to eat lots of vegetable soup. If you're concerned about fiber, you can get it from things other than vegetables.

If you're concerned about the social stigma of being a "picky eater", maybe you could take on the guise of a macho "meat and potato man" and derisively refer to us wimpy salad eaters as "rabbits" and "carrot huggers".
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Old 05-30-2003, 05:09 PM
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I like the nice raw crunchy texture of raw veggies, but mushy cooked ones make me gag. People are strange, aren't they? Another reason for my aversion to cooked vegetables is the cooked-veggie aroma and flavor. Ew. I'll eat them in Oriental and Indian food happily, because most of the time in the above cuisines the veggies are only lightly cooked and have plenty of spices to cover up the nasty cooked veggie flavor.
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Old 05-30-2003, 06:36 PM
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Sometimes vegetables taste like dirt to me, potatoes and iceberg lettuce especially often. In my strange mind I figured that sometimes a veggie will pick up a dirt flavor, like water will taste of tea after it's steeped. Well, I said I was strange.
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Old 05-30-2003, 07:10 PM
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Originally posted by Ludovic
dangit, i was also gonna say "wash em". And not to be flip either. They actually tasted like dirt till I washed em. Haven't noticed a dirt taste since.
I said the same thing, until my second date.
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