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Getting a "Supertaster" to go paleo... how can I do it?

Answered on January 22, 2014
Created January 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM

If you're not sure what that is, here's a wikipedia article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertaster

My boyfriend has the high end extreme of this, and some of it I believe is in his mind. He finds Green Beans to be the worst (next to broccoli), but that's a legume, and not a vegetable at all. He consumes legumes regularly without issue, but throws up when forced to eat a green bean (this was when he was 10-12 can't remember for sure).

I've just finally got him to take on no Gluten, refined sugar, or industrial oils and I'm hoping I can keep him on this for 30 days, then try to wean him off more grains, like corn, but I'm finding it extremely difficult to find a substitute for the grains. He was eating bread 4-6 times a day, considerable amounts of his caloric intake, and drinking beer every night... and now I've got him on meat, potatoes, and dairy... I can get him to eat pineapple, and sometimes oranges... but he's picky about the texture of items too. He doesn't like berries because the seeds get stuck in his teeth. He doesn't like apples because they're "grainy" feeling. Banana's are a no go too...

I'm pretty much at the end of my brain trying to get him things to consume that won't destroy his body by the age of 50. Things I've been able to do are boiling and blending up stuff like carrots, onions, peppers, and tomatoes and giving it to him as a sauce. But even then I've boiled a lot of the nutrition out of them and he's just getting fiber.

Please help me out, I'm really out of ideas!

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on January 22, 2014
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Ooh, good call! I mean, it requires all the standard "diagnosed on the internet by a stranger" caveats but it's a very sharp idea.

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on January 21, 2014
at 02:44 AM

Thanks much both of you =)

I'll take it slow, I'm just excited to help him.

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on January 22, 2014
at 07:41 PM

Popping back in to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to nyraphe for posting this topic!!

I did some poking around online and found there is a simple scientific test to confirm whether or not you are a supertaster. Since I work at a middle school, I hot-footed it down to the lab, and would you believe our science teacher had the PTC test strips? Turns out that I am a supertaster (took about 3 seconds for me to start gagging on that nasty little test strip - blech!)

So thank you (a million times over) for posting this; even though it comes with no solution per se, at least now I understand WHY I dislike so many foods (which is huge!! ;o) and also why I cannot just force myself to eat them anyway.

Sometimes a simple answer can be supremely awesome :o)

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on January 21, 2014
at 07:57 PM

Oh my goodness, that's SO me! I don't know if I am a "Supertaster" or not (although the description sure fits me like a glove ;o) but I can't stand vegetables either - a huge obstacle when attempting to go Paleo. My favorite foods were baked potatoes (can't stand sweet potatoes *sigh*), white/yellow rice (don't like any other kind) and corn, and doesn't that just figure? I can't handle [most] sauces, spices, or any kind of strong flavoring either so it has been an interesting challenge for me so far, as most of the Paleo recipes I find are too exotic for my annoyingly picky taste buds. Of course the upside is, I don't like some of the bad for you stuff either (e.g. soda, cream cheese, whipped cream, condiments, etc.) although I frequently wish I liked coffee - sure would be nice to jumpstart myself a bit when I'm dragging.

Anyhoo, all that to say that I did find an excellent "cheat" for veggies (thankfully, I absolutely love fresh fruits!). My husband bought me a NutriBullet, and I have been happily sneaking in my undesirable desirables and drinking them down twice a day. I'm sure this all sounds ridiculous to everyone else (apologies!), but it really is awful; particularly when you are supposed to be a grownup (48 years old here and absolutely hate vegetables - how embarrassing is that? *facepalm*).

Do you think he would drink them? I can take fresh spinach/broccoli, etc (which I won't eat), put it in the bullet with some avacado and mango (which I won't eat either-either) and a banana (which I love), mix it up, refrigerate it until cold and I am able to drink it right down. The whole thing tastes like bananas (and you never saw anyone as happy as me when I figured this out - it was a miracle - lol). I know you said he doesn't like bananas, but if you can find a fairly strong fruit flavor(s) that he likes and sneak some of what he needs in it, maybe it won't be quite so rough.

Hope that helps!

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on January 21, 2014
at 03:50 PM

He's not a super taster, he has a sensory processing disorder. The fact that he doesn't tolerate certain textures is the clue. It's more common than people think, most people don't point out these aversions because they are labeled as weird or picky. He probably has other issues too, will wear only certain types of clothing or textures or avoid wearing certain things (socks are a common one because the seams will drive a person with a sensory processing issue up the wall, and he may cut the tags out of all of his shirts).

People with sensory processing issues may have learning problems, may have ADD or ADHD, may have othe neuro developmental signs including those that affect fine or gross motor coordination.

So the food issues are not just about taste but also texture. In a kid there are intervention strategies, but if an adult is unwilling to recognize or deal with these issues, your going to have to work within his tolerance levels. If he prefers bland, soft foods as all the bread suggests, then soft, bland root veggies may be OK. He may prefer white to sweet potatoes because sweet potatoes have a stronger flavor. He may want them very smooth-mashed potatoes may be perceived as "bumpy" and he may prefer them puréed. On the other end, he may like bigger, crunchier things. Each person is different in his tolerances so you have to get to know his preferences. He may never be one who readily adapts to new things.

Start with what he does like and tolerate and see what the commonalities are. That may give you some guidance in how to prepare foods for him. It's going to take some patience because it's hard to understand what these issues are and the fact that this is not him being stubborn, it's really his neurological structure. When frustrated, take a deep breath and remember it's not in his control.

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on January 22, 2014
at 01:34 AM

Ooh, good call! I mean, it requires all the standard "diagnosed on the internet by a stranger" caveats but it's a very sharp idea.

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on January 21, 2014
at 02:16 AM

Similar to Axial's suggestion: I'd just take it slowly. Don't overewhelm him with new tastes and textures. Veggies are indeed an acquired taste and I'm confident that he has the capacity to appreciate them. Maybe not all of them; a vegetable lover myself there are some I just don't like, but they're few and far between. I've known people who despise veggies come to really enjoy them over time.

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on January 21, 2014
at 02:44 AM

Thanks much both of you =)

I'll take it slow, I'm just excited to help him.

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on January 21, 2014
at 01:08 AM

My suggestion would be to let the vegetables go for now. Focus on safe starches, moderate amounts of animal protein, and plenty of good fat. It sounds like it wouldn't be in any way worse than the diet he was on before. Once he's figured out how to be stable and happy on that diet, you can start experimenting more aggressively with plant foods.

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