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Food tastes bad

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  • Posted By: papajohn
  • October 25, 2006
  • 04:48 PM

Looking for some ideas on my son's (11) diet. He does not like the taste of most foods. His diet is almost strictly cereals, grains (bread), etc. He loves starches, dairy (milk and yogurt), and bananas. Does not like any meats, vegetables, juices, desserts, etc. All taste bad to him. This has persisted since he was a toddler. Pediatrician treats the problem as a finicky eater, offering strategies for getting him to eat other foods, but nothing has helped. Recently started looking at vitamin deficiencies, but he takes vitamin supplements. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • Although I'm sure this may not be the answer you want, I do think there is validity to it. Sometimes young children confuse a dislike of the food with a dislike of the circumstances when the food was introduced. For example if a funny face is made while feeding a child chicken, the child then associates the funny face with the chicken. Also if a child feels that the parents/caretakers aren't thrilled by the food, the child assumes he/she shouldn't be either. A lot of times reverse psychology works wonders. Example: My child was occasionally eating ice cream. I switched the regular for the no sugar added kind. I asked her if she would like some ice cream. She, of course, immediately said yes to which I replied "Oh... I don't know. All that sugar and sweetness..." "PPPLLLEEEAAASSEEE," she pleads. I *comply* and shockingly she doesn't notice the difference between the no sugar added 70 calorie kind and her usual because it's suddenly a treat. You can also use the "suit yourself" formula. If you offer the food and the child doesn't want it, say "fine more for us, suit yourself." You can also hint at giving the food to another *lucky* kid who likes it. If you actually think about it, the psychological impacts of food are astounding. I, personally, despise birthday cake. I think it is just horrible tasting. Everyone else seems to love it. I wonder if it isn't, at least in part, due to the BIG special production and excitement every year. If healthy food came with candles, singing, friends, and praise... wouldn't you rather eat it?
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  • maybe if you tried a different way to cook the foods he doesnt like, like try to cover it with a cream sauce if he likes dairy or maybe add cheese on top, try to find out flavors he likes then try to incorporate the foods he doesnt like with those flavors. As for the daily supplements, if he takes vitamins then you should probably go with something liquid or gel because they absorb better in the body, plus you have to put on notice that when you take vitamins not all of what you take gets absorbed most of it just comes out so eating the vitamins and minerals from regular foods is always better. If none of that really works then I believe he could just be a natural vegetarian, so you can get him started on protein bars to supplement the protein and iron he may be missing out on, and have you ever tried fish? thats a good sorce of vitamins and minerals but dont over do it because there is too much mercury in fish to eat it all the time, but fish always tastes different if you try it different ways. If none of this works then professional help may be needed. What your child has could just be part of his childhood because childrens taste buds change as they get older so it could just be temporary...
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    • September 18, 2009
    • 00:52 AM
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  • Looking for some ideas on my son's (11) diet. He does not like the taste of most foods. His diet is almost strictly cereals, grains (bread), etc. He loves starches, dairy (milk and yogurt), and bananas. Does not like any meats, vegetables, juices, desserts, etc. All taste bad to him. This has persisted since he was a toddler. Pediatrician treats the problem as a finicky eater, offering strategies for getting him to eat other foods, but nothing has helped. Recently started looking at vitamin deficiencies, but he takes vitamin supplements. Any ideas would be appreciated.Hi,This may not be of much help, but your son is not alone! I'm twenty-three and have the same diet as your son. This is NOT picky eating or associating a bad experience with a certain food. most food tastes terrible to me -I put it in my mouth, and I gag. I'm not allergic, I just can't stand the taste. I've recently been searching for some kind of answer and stumbled upon your post. I can't offer much. I have been to a hypnotist, in desperation (interestingly, he treated it as a fear, and for a little while, I was able to eat small -very small- bits of things like lasagna without my stomach churning, but it didn't last long). Getting your son to take a multivitamin or some kind is definitely the way to go. Selenium is something both he and I won't get much of because nothing in our diet really has any of that, so make sure he has a vitamin that has some Selenium in it. (I am no doctor, but I did end up deficient in this mineral, I just don't know how much he should be getting at his age). It has been a constant struggle for me, but knowing there are other people who seem to have the same difficulties is refreshing. (Mind you, I was raised with a family who loves all kinds of food --my sister, for example, ate calamari by the age of five, *knowing* it was squid.) My parents tried everything to get me to eat -I don't know what it is, but it is NOT being picky. I can understand your frustration because most people will just offer 'finicky' as an answer and move on, but I've found with enough insistence and detail, I HAVE gotten doctors and people around me to listen. So while my post to you may not have been medically helpful, I hope it helps ease your mind that he's not alone.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2009
    • 11:56 PM
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