Three Solutions To Deal With Your Food Prejudice

Have you noticed that you think or feel negatively about certain dishes or food items, and do not consume them at all or only unwillingly? You could be having a food prejudice. What can you do about it?

1. Alternative Methods of Food Preparation

One effective way to deal with a food prejudice is to try alternative ways of preparing the food item. For example, if one has developed an intense dislike of pumpkin because, as a child, one was forced to eat it boiled, it may be a good idea to try pumpkin as a soup. A creamy pumpkin soup, with a dollop of cream in it, garnished with herb oil and barbecued shrimp or prawn, is an altogether different affair from boiled pumpkin.

Similarly, while boiled broccoli and spinach may make one gag, gently steamed young broccoli massaged with a dab of butter, or spinach dressed with some onion, enough oil and a bit of cream may change one’s mind. In like manner, cooked red beetroot is for many practically inedible, but delicious when served raw as a crunchy salad.

The technique of alternative food preparation methods works very well to correct food prejudices that arise out of lack of familiarity with a certain dish or food item, such as when one makes the acquiantance of such a food later in life, or experiences an unfortunate introduction.

2. Professional Help

Sometimes, a food trauma may persist as part of a traumatic childhood experience. For example, the particular dish may have been served as something painful or unpleasant happened. Strong negative associations will have developed, connecting the food item or dish to the negative event. It may be helpful to seek professional help to explore the negative events in detail.

For example, many soldiers who have been present at attacks where fellow humans died by burning develop an aversion to meat, especially barbecued meat, because it reminds them of these painful events. In this case, only a trauma therapy conducted by a trained therapist can begin to address all the issues involved.

3. Increase Social Contact

Food prejudice is at its worst when it is a continuation of deeper social prejudices against a particular group of people. Prejudice dies a natural death when one increases contact with the despised group of people. Without fail, one will discover aspects to their culture which are acceptable, and even admirable.

For example, even if one despises snails and frog legs, there are numerous aspects of French cuisine that can be enjoyed. Similarly, even if one despises people who eat with their fingers, all such cultures usually display unparalleled hospitality and friendliness to all visitors and strangers.

There will always be foods that do not necessarily appeal to us. But we can make sure it is a matter of mere taste, and not a matter of prejudice.