POPSUGAR Food Poll How Do You Feel About Picky Eaters? by partysugar 3/17/09 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Sign up for our daily newsletter > Follow us on Pinterest Source Read More Picky EatersEating HabitsPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter Personalize Food DIY Vegetarian Tech Love and Sex Home Sign up with facebook or By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. youbetcha 6 years I don't mind picky eaters- but they are simply never invited to my house for meals! There are few things that annoy me more than going through a lot of effort to cook a nice meal, having previously been told that they eat everything, they are easy going, not vegetarians, no food allergies etc, and then seeing them pick out seemingly 'normal' stuff like garlic, mushroom, roast peppers, zuccini... I mean, for crying out loud! My 6 y.o. daughter is a fairly picky eater but we are trying very hard to get her to at least try new foods before she decides she doesn't like it. lilxmissxmolly 6 years i'm a picky eater, but i don't whine or complain. i can always find a salad or something that i would like. my sister is also a picky eater, but even I get annoyed with her. she'll order something (even if someone else is paying!), take a bite, and then push the plate away, because "it's just not that good." if i'm looking at a menu with a group of people, and a food sounds iffy, i'll choose not to try it at that point rather than order it and then whine about it. lbirk 6 years If someone is a picky eater because of allergies or specific dietary issues, that's understandable, and I'll definitely be accommodating when entertaining. If someone is picky because they've never branched out or have been allowed to be finicky, that's another story. In either case, I still don't want the reasons, the offending foods, or the acceptable alternatives to become the main topic of discussion. Choose your food - whatever it is you can eat - and move on. La-Tua-Cantante 6 years Honestly, picky eaters do annoy me. I like smacks83's definition because that's the one I'm referring to. amybdk 6 years I agree with Wild Magelet: It all comes down to manners. emalove 6 years I don't really care what other people eat...I just wonder how they don't get bored of eating the same old thing all the time! They're missing out on so much good stuff! nessa17 6 years I am okay with someone who is a picky eater as I was one when I was younger. I am still somewhat of a picky eater with specific types of foods such as pasta but do eat a lot of foods though. aimeeb 6 years starangel82 I'm with you. I'm also a wee bit picky because I have colitis and it doens't allow me to eat just anything I want. Sorry but it happens... CaterpillarGirl 6 years I know some picky eaters, and will go out to eat with them, but they know that one whiney word and that will be the last time they are invited. I understand that peoples palates and tastes are different, It would be weird if everyone liked to eat the same things as everyone else, but there is a difference in being picky or “choosy” as I like to say than being downright miserable about food and making everyone else miserable around you because you don’t like what a restaurant has to offer, or even what a person has lovingly prepared for you. If you accept a dinner invitation, to say, a thanksgiving, and when you are there and the food is being prepared and served you pipe up with “I hate turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, what am I supposed to eat” you better run for the door before I decapitate you with a pie server. If you are a vegetarian and get invited out, or to someone’s house, be prepared to eat just the salad or find an alternative WITHOUT piping up about your food preferences and or limits. My SIL is a strict vegetarian and now knows to bring her own GD food because we arent making “special” dishes just for her. In the past not only has she badmouthed the dishes we did attempt to make, but she also complains about others around her eating meat. Wild-Magelet 6 years Personally I think that what a person chooses to eat is their own business and it comes down to manners. I willingly admit that I'm a picky eater; I'm a very health-conscious vegetarian, I won't eat meat and I'll avoid eating fried foods and food that contains refined sugar whenever possible. I also have a nut allergy, so yes, I can be difficult for other people to feed. Having said that, meat-free and nut-free are my only deal-breakers. I don't like mushrooms, but if someone cooks me a meal that contains or is based around mushrooms, I'll eat it and I won't say a word. If I'm at a restaurant, I'll pick the healthiest looking dish I can find and only ask for modifications around the foods that I'm allergic to. And if I'm doing that, I'll do it quietly and politely, and without involving the entire table in the conversation. If people have foods they can't or don't want to eat, and they go about adapting their meal or turning down a taste of a dish in a non-confrontational, gracious way, then I have absolutely no problem with it. It's their body. As long as phrases along the lines of "Ew, yuck" remain silently spoken, I think it's fine! :) PinkUnicorn 6 years HaterTot - I totally agree with you. There are virtually no picky eaters in my life because they drive me insane! I also don't like people who allow their children to be picky about food...I guess I am just not very tolerant. Zulkey 6 years I've had my feelings hurt by picky eaters before so it's hard not to take it a little personally--plus I can't believe there are people out there who haven't been raised to think "A few polite bites won't kill me", as opposed to "I am NOT eating this." Modus-Vivendi 6 years Saying you wouldn't date someone who doesn't have an adventurous spirit is different from saying you won't date someone who doesn't eat oysters. HaterTot 6 years I agree with Party - not the specifics (although, I do LOVE oysters and champagne) - but the idea is the same. I enjoy trying new foods, and a huge part of my social life revolves around restaurants, tastings, dinner parties etc. I also do a lot of restaurant reviews for a local blog, so if a guy is a picky eater - we're just not compatible. Added to that the lack of adaptability it suggests (for instance, I don't like chocolate - but if something is chocolate and set in front of me, I get over it and eat it because every chocolate dessert is different, so maybe this will be the time that I like it; but it's what's there, so let's give a try and make the best of it) and it's just not a match. If you can't go with the flow, be it Mickey D's on a cross country road trip, or my favorite chef's steak tartare, we just aren't a fit. Definitely not as a boyfriend, and we'd have a tough time being friends too. Modus-Vivendi 6 years "I'm sorry, if a guy can't enjoy oysters and Champagne with me than I don't want to date him!" Seriously? I mean, is this on your list of must-haves or is it actually on the would-be-nice list? partysugar 6 years I'm sorry, if a guy can't enjoy oysters and Champagne with me than I don't want to date him! skigurl 6 years rice is gross. except on sushi, i don't want to have anything to do with it. it's dry and makes me gag. HappyKate 6 years I once knew someone who refused to try rice! Smacks83 6 years I think the biggest issue on this thread is that "picky eater" wasn't really defined. I personally think a picky eater is someone who won't try new things, claim to hate things they've never tried, and loudly critize others for eating whatever they choose. I can't stand this type of person. I DO NOT define a picky eater as someone who has tried something and realized that they don't like it. For me thats not picky, thats just saying "I didn't like it when I tried it" which is totally reasonable because not everyone likes everything. I don't mind this type of people because they at least tried it. I'm very adventurous when it comes to food, but I hate okra. I've tried it 10 million different ways and still hate it. I try to avoid it when possible (or picky around it) but I don't think that would make me picky, I think it just says I didn't like it when I tried it. Oh, and VanillaJ, not all Chinese take-out is "dirty". I don't know what kinds of places you've been to but its a little rude to lump it all together as being "dirty". And it's not just picky eaters that are willing to eat in clean places, I think the rest of us try not to eat at dirty places. Lonely-Ninja 6 years There are types of picky eaters to me. They exist as follows: 1) Those that will eat anything. It doesn't matter what's in it or how it smells, if it's all food, it's goin' in ya. 2) Those that have a few hang ups and sometimes have reasons for it. I fall into this category. Zucchini turns my stomach because I got sick off of it once. Other than that, I don't like peppers, bananas, or raw onion. Not too bad considering the plethora of food in the world. And I will try things. If you make the best pepper whatever I'll try it and see if I like it. 3) The people that have a vast dislike for a wide variety of things. I really don't mind the people, and will cater to them, as long as they're not rude. My roomie falls into this category. Her mother and father never really fed her proper meals or made her try things they didn't like. So she dislikes almost all fruits and vegetables. And chocolate. She'll try things from time to time, but less often than I will. Really, none of these layers annoy me. It's when they let it control their social lives. If you're going to a dinner party and find out the main dish is fish and you dislike fish for whatever reason, don't call and demand they change it. Simply eat a healthy snack before you go over, eat everything up until the fish, politely decline the dish and charm everyone with your social graces. RoaringSilence 6 years I think unless you're allergic to something, or can't eat anything for religious reasons, you should be quiet about what you like or dislike, unless you're asked. If you're a guest at someone's house, it won't kill you to push away some ingredients, rather than making everything difficult for the hosts. This is a different situation with significant others though, because you eat with them a lot more. Of course you need to accomodate to each other.