Does Your Favorite Food Now Taste like Metal?

12-02-2010 12:35 PM

Some chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments may change your taste buds enough to give certain foods a metallic taste. Although usually a temporary condition, this can be frustrating and cause you to avoid some foods you love; but, there are some tricks that you can try to make your favorite foods taste as they should.

Cool it down 

Try eating foods that are cold or at room temperature. Put grapes, oranges, watermelon or other fruit in the freezer before eating. Deli meats often can be better tolerated than other meats, because they are usually served cold.

Make it acidic 

Adding acidic liquids to meats can help a great deal. For example, marinate meat in orange juice or teriyaki sauce. Serving barbecue or cranberry sauce with meat can also help neutralize the metallic taste of meat. Other protein food choices that might be better during this time would be cottage cheese, milk, cheddar cheese, baked beans, deviled eggs, hummus or cream cheese spreads.

Metal makes a difference  

Eat meals with plastic or wooden utensils. Cook foods in glass cookware or stoneware instead of metal, and choose foods that don't come from a can. For example, buy frozen vegetables rather than canned to keep the vegetable from tasting too metallic.

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