Phobias are widely agreed to occur mainly from a combination of stressful experiences and genetic influences. Heredity, anatomy, and brain chemistry are thought to interact with life-experiences to play a major role in the creation of phobias. Phobias can be related to humans, animals, colors, numbers, nature, specific situations, and food.
Wait a minute?
Are people being scared of food? Can you imagine? Isn’t it ridiculous? It’s not actually. Food phobias are real.
Food phobias can be so severe they impact the person’s lives in a significant way.
Here are 8 Food Phobias you might find strange and interesting:
1- Cibophobia: Fear of Food
Cibophobia is defined as a fear of food. People with cibophobia often avoid food and drinks because they’re afraid of the food itself. The fear may be specific to one type of food, such as perishable foods, undercooked foods or it may include many foods.
2- Arachibutyrophobia: The Fear of Peanut Butter Sticking to The Roof of The Mouth
Coming from the Greek words “arachi” for “groundnut” and “butyr” for butter, and “phobia” for fear, it’s a fear of being choked by peanut butter. Specifically, it refers to the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
3- Alliumphobia: Fear of Garlic
The origin of the word allium is Latin meaning a garlic bulb. People who suffer from this phobia can’t eat nor smell girl the ic. They can’t eat meals that contain garlic, they can’t sit in a place where they can smell the garlic as well.
4- Ichthyophobia: Fear of Fish
The word originates from Greek “ichthys” which means fish. It makes phobic people afraid of all types of fish even the smallest harmless ones, both alive and dead. They would never eat fish nor touch it nor look at it. They would even avoid seafood restaurants and living near the ocean. Many cultures, especially the Navajo tribes, are known to fear all kinds of aquatic animals, including fish.
5- Ostraconophobia: Fear of Shellfish
Ostraconophobia is the fear of shellfish. The origin of the word ”ostrco” is greek meaning creatures having or characterized by a type of shell, for example, crabs or clams. People who suffer from it can get great anxiety in the presence of a shellfish or even when someone is eating it near them. This fear involves all types of shellfish such as shrimps, lobsters, crabs, and crayfish.
6- Mortuusequusphobia: Fear of Ketchup
It comes from Australian slang for “dead horse” which means red sauce. People with Mortuusequusphobia can never taste ketchup nor touch it nor smell it. They just don’t like the texture or the color.
7- Turophobia: Fear of Cheese
People with this condition can’t eat nor touch cheese. The texture and smell might give them a panic attack or cold sweat. It can be related to a traumatic memory or lactose intolerance.
8- Chiclephobia: Fear of Chewing Gum
These people would get irritated when someone chews gums, they hate chewing gum and its texture, its look, and even the sound it makes.