I've had several food related discussions recently with a few autistic friends of mine, both on and off the forum and I can't help but be intrigued by how autism affects our taste in food. I have a couple of friends who are very hypersensitive to a lot of different tastes and textures and can only eat very bland tasting food of certain specific consistencies and yet there are other friends and also myself that seem to like lots of strong tastes; spices, etc. Food seems to be important to autistic people in one way or another! So I wondered where everyone else is with food. Do you prefer strong tastes and flavours or do you have a lot of food sensitivities that limit what you can eat? I'd like to know other people's opinions and thoughts on this?
Hi, Thank you for replying. It must be difficult finding a lot of foods that are dry and crispy? It's interesting that you mention not liking bits in things as I do remember that as a child I would refuse to eat mashed potato if there were still lumps in it! Oh and I refused to eat honey for years when I was a child as there had been a lump in the honey that I had eaten and I was convinced that it was a bee and thought there were bees actually in the honey! Don't know if I should be disclosing that in public!!
What flavours are you sensitive too? It must make eating out or at friends very tricky if you react so much to strong flavours?
I'm going to have to read up on this hyper/hypo sensitivity to food as I'm interested in how it all works.
Have you had the allergy testing done to identify what exactly is causing the problem? That must be difficult having lots of food intolerances. I never used to have any food intolerances but I seem to have recently developed a mild intolerance to aniseed which is odd as I used to eat lots of aniseed balls when I was a child, but intolerances can develop at any age.
I guess at least you are able to eat something, something is better than nothing.
I like mushy food, with strong flavours. I find it hard to eat early in my day, if I do eat breakfast, it will be a small bowl of porridge with syrup and salt. Kippers are nice too.
I do like eggs, one of my favourite foods. You can do pretty much what you like with them.
I like lots of foods with quite strong flavours after I'm past that point early in the day. The strongest cheese you can get. Cheese is a favourite. I like smoked foods too, lots of smoked fish. Most meals have a gravy, or sauce. Braised meat, curry, stews, are nice and soft. I eat pickles with most foods too, or things that resemble the flavour, like tamarind. If my plate is dripping with gravy, or sauce I'll eat every scrap. If there are dry things I can't swallow them without water, and lots.
When it comes to sweet stuff like cakes, biscuits, and chocolate I have to eat it with milk, Milo, Lassi, or Horchata. Things of that nature. Dairy-like drinks.
I can't eat liqourice, aniseed, fennel, or even some pears. Anything that has that aniseed-like flavour is a no-no. Maybe holy basil or basil at a push.
I can't drink coffee, it makes me feel ill.
Ice cream is just amazing, mushy, cold, and delicious.
Looking at this the biscuit thread needs a bump..........
From existing allergic reactions to some foods/drinks through to finding effects from other food more recently - intolerances and digestive issues. I cannot stand some strong things (perfume especially Lynx, peppermint, ginger) to having a high tolerance to spicy food (Garlic Chilli, Black Pepper Masala, spicy Jalfrezi, Nando's spicy sauces) and loving them.
I hate skin on gravy/custard but have no problem with rice pudding, Creme Brûlée and custard tart.
I prefer strong flavours (my mum's always said when I was a baby they thought I was going to be fussy until she started feeding me the stuff they were eating-which was a lot of tomatoes and garlic and stuff, and they realised I just didn't like the bland jars of baby food). Unfortunately, I have GERD so whilst I like spicy things, my stomach does not. There's a very wide range of stuff I like and very little I completely dislike, but I have very particular opinions about how things should be and what things shouldn't mix (like, coleslaw is an abomination because of the mixture of textures). I hate when things aren't quite the texture I expect.
I'm really sensitive to what I eat.
At the moment I feel a lot better when I eat no carbs such as potatoes and wheat. I eat mostly vegetables and organic meats and also have a probiotic food like yogurt or kefir, quite a bit of it every day. Just started mixing a bit of raw honey in with the yogurt or kefir too, so yummy! I drink sauerkraut juice too. I eat fruit quite regularly too, mostly apples and grapes. I like to juice my own oranges too using an old-fashioned hand-operated orange press where you squeeze the chopped-in-half fruit onto the press and the liquid gathers in the tray around it.
The probiotics seem to make it easier to digest everything else.
I almost never eat out at the moment though hopefully I'll be able to one day not too far away without getting great digestive upsets.
I mostly drink water.
I tend to avoid sugar at the moment as in the past I noticed things like Coca Cola or ice cream made me very sleepy and feeling overwhelming urges to have more sugar. I do have maple syrup though, for example in a sauce mixed with cider vinegar and thyme with pork steak.
I'm trying to re-introduce carbs but am convinced potatoes are not much good for me. They give my body the shakes, even when cooked super healthily like boiled. I'm going to try some boiled white rice soon.
LoveOnTheNHS said:I drink sauerkraut juice too.
Sauerkraut is so good!
LoveOnTheNHS said:I'm trying to re-introduce carbs but am convinced potatoes are not much good for me. They give my body the shakes, even when cooked super healthily like boiled. I'm going to try some boiled white rice soon.
Potatoes are actually quite a common intolerance, especially when you don't eat them much. They share the same family as tomatoes which can have the same effect. Both belong to the Nightshade family, they contain Solanine which you can build a tolerance to, they are bad for any inflammatory illnesses. In sections of Chinese society they aren't eaten. You can build tolerance but if you have arthiritis or IBS try to avoid them.
I'm very sensitive when it comes to textures. I can't stand multiple highly-contrasting textures in the same dish (raw tomatoes are a personal pet-hate; flakey peel, crunchy flesh, slimy innards full of tiny hard seeds!) or slimy textures at all.
Flavour wise, I can't abide vinegar but I think that's more my smell hypersensitivity than anything. I adore very very hot (as in spicy) foods and mostly live on spicy, highly-flavoured curries/stews/etc.
Oh and I'm quite lactose-intolerant, though I sometimes eat cheese anyway because it's cheese.
People drink vast amounts of alcohol all the time knowing they'll feel like death in the morning, so I figure "what's the difference"? XD Cheese hangover!