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What Is a Conditioned Taste Aversion?

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideJune 16, 2010

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I once had an acquaintance who told a very vivid story about eating a chicken enchilada while on vacation. Hours after eating the enchilada, she became violently ill. For years after that, she was unable to bring herself to eat a chicken enchilada and even felt queasy when she smelled foods that reminded her of that particular dish. This was despite the fact that she knew that her illness was not connected to eating that particular item. In reality, she had picked up a nasty virus from one of her traveling companions who had been ill just days before the trip.

Conditioned Taste Aversion
Taste aversions are quite common, and can sometimes last for several years.
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These conditioned taste aversions are quite common and can last from a period of days to several years. Consider your own aversions to certain foods. Can you link your distaste for particular items to a period of illness, queasiness or nausea?

Learn more about the characteristics of taste aversions and why they occur.


June 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(1) ranjika :

I have a similar taste aversion which happened during my 1st pregnanacy. While travelling I ate some kind of a biscuit which has coconut. And soon after that I threw out everything . This happened in 1978. Since then I cannot makeup my mind to eat that particular biscuit. I hate that smell too.

June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm
(2) beng contemplo :

Im having an issue with squids smell, my mom told me that the first and last time i ate squid i puked, had difficulties in breathing and i fainted. The doctor said I do have allergy with seafoods such as squid but he said it should not affect me that way..could it be taste aversion..thats why i cant stand the smell of squid now?

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