Changing tastes

I have been informed that when I start chemotherapy food just won’t taste the same. Now for a food lover, I find this prospect quite unnerving. Talking to other people who have undergone the same therapy, I have been warned that sometimes taste preferences change from day to day, or the desire for sweets goes – not a problem for me..phew, or I will have a bitter or metallic taste in my mouth, or I will no longer enjoy red meat – again…phew -don’t eat it any way.

This all got me thinking about how my taste buds have changed over the years and foods I once enjoyed I now know longer eat or vice versa. I distinctly remember when I started to enjoy ‘grown up foods’ – in my early 20s. Until that age I couldn’t bear foods such as parmesan or blue cheese or very oddly – kedgeree!. It wasn’t until my late 30s that I could eat and enjoy olives – I frequently tried as they always looked so delicious. As I have got older my once ‘sweet tooth’ has gone and I will choose savoury over sweet every time.

I understand the medical reason – I was born with approximately 10,000 taste buds that are replaced every two weeks or so but over time they aren’t replaced and the numbers start to decrease and so flavours that were once too intense are now more palatable. I ‘get’ this but still find it fascinating.

What foods did you dislike as a child and now enjoy?

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9 thoughts on “Changing tastes

  1. I hated all food except my grandmother’s chocolate walnut cake! I used to lift dolls’ hair, make holes in the back of their heads, and stuff my food there when nobody was watching. Then I’d hide the dolls under beds, in the corners, etc. Then they’d start stinking, naturally, and be discovered. Then I’d hide under beds, in the corners, etc. And so on… I always loved making food, though, but not eating it, other than in the summer, when we kids would climb trees to get whatever was ready for picking.
    Good luck with chemo, and don’t worry too much about the change of taste. When you temporarily lose one, you’ll acquire a craving for another. It’ll compensate.

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