It seems to be fairly common among picky eating adults to not like mixing different foods. Many of us prefer to keep our foods separate, and often don’t like different foods to touch or have touched eachother.
I can’t say I especially share this concern – in fact in some ways, I think I have the opposite concern: I sometimes need things to be mixed. With foods which I do like, I often find it hard to eat more than a few mouthfuls of the same thing in succession if it is pure. As a child, mashed potato used to be quite difficult; I always liked mashed potato, but if I had to eat more than a few mouthfuls in a row, it would make me gag. I would have to make sure that I had enough of whatever else was on the plate to go round, and either alternate between the two things, or mix them in a mouthful. It only needs to be a little bit of something else, but that something else needs to be there. Ice-cream is another example – I can’t understand how other people can sit and eat a whole bowlful, and claim it is delicious. I want to say “my mouth gets tired of it”, but “tired” isn’t really the right word for it. “Upset” would be closer to the mark.
I think as a child, I didn’t like it if an edible food was contaminated by having touched something inedible. But I pretty much got over that as a result of the necessities of social eating. And, I would say, it’s helped introduce me nice and gradually to things I now love (in the right context).
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