While our only food phobia is to actually have a food phobia, others sadly aren’t as lucky. Here are some of the weirdest/most unfortunate food-related fears out there.
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Acerophobia: Fear of sourness
Some people cannot bear the thought of citrus fruits. It actually makes them anxious and panicky, and they avoid it at all costs. No sour candy for them…. Sad life.
Alektorophobia: Fear of chicken
Alektorophobes are scared of chickens and anything chicken related (eggs, etc.). Avoid using the phrase “it tastes like chicken” around them as it won’t reassure them –even if you’re referring to frog legs!
Alliumphobia: Fear of garlic
Nope, being afraid of garlic isn’t exclusive to vampires…!
Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
This is probably one of the oddest fears in the world. Arachibutyrophobes are terrified of the nutty spread sticking to the roof of their mouths. They’re worried that they’ll never be able to open their mouths properly afterwards.
Carnophobia: Fear of meat
Not to be mistaken with vegetarians, who dislike eating meat; carnophobes are terrified of it.
Cenosillicaphobia: Fear of an empty (beer) glass
We get you.
Cibophobia (Sitophobia): Fear of food/eating
This fear comes from a worry that food consumed poses a threat to the system. Those affected are obsessed with expiration dates, perpetually sniff products to check if they’re alright and stay away from mayonnaise and milk. If you’re a cibophobe, we are so truly sorry.
Consecotaleaphobia: Fear of chopsticks
Some see chopsticks as a tool; others see terrifyingly long and slender objects. Thankfully for the latter, forks and knives exist.
Deipnophobia: Fear of dinner or, more specifically, dinner conversation.
The title says it all.
Geumophobia: Fear of taste
Now this is a phobia we’ll never be able to relate to. Some people are frightened by the taste of food and stick to bland things. #MissingOut
Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish
Ichthyophobes refuse to eat fish, smell fish or even just be close to fish. It just creeps them out.
Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables
Many of us were probably convinced we had this phobia growing up, but some actually do. The thought of eating vegetables truly terrifies them.
Mageirocophobia: Fear of cooking
This phobia is apparently pretty common. Does the concept of cooking provoke intense feelings of anxiety? If so, we’re afraid to say that you may be a mageirocophobe.
Methyphobia: Fear of alcohol
Those affected can get panic attacks by seeing or smelling alcohol. Whether it’s the actual alcohol, or being drunk which scares them is unclear.
Mycophobia: Fear or aversion to mushrooms
Love mushrooms and truffles? Mycophobe don’t. In fact, not only do they dread the weird-looking vegetables but the thought of it alone actually provokes shortness of breath.
Oenophobia: Fear of wine
Oenophobes are afraid of wine and don’t want to be near it. From past experience, we are pretty sure none of our friends have this phobia.
Ostraconophobia: Fear of shellfish
Seafood and shellfish phobias are apparently the most common causes of life-threatening allergies (according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).
Phagophobia: Fear of swallowing
Some are petrified of swallowing (that’s what she said). They are often mistaken as being anorexic and have a gigantic gag reflex.
Thermophobia: Fear of hot things
We imagine that thermophobes stick to cold meals, as they dread anything hot.