Red, White and Blue…Pregnancy Food Aversions?

Before getting pregnant I heard all about mysterious pregnancy cravings and aversions, and truth be told I even kind of looked forward to having them myself.  A free excuse to eat Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream instead of steamed broccoli?  Sign me up!

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I really haven’t had any cravings or food aversions so far.  Of course there are days that nothing else sounds palatable except for fruit and bread or days when I could really go for a bean and cheese burrito, but I think that has more to do with the nausea than actual cravings.

Despite not having any actual cravings or aversions, I still think that they are in and of themselves quite fascinating.  Like when my 50-something co-worker told me the other day about her food aversion during pregnancy – I’d never heard anything like it!  She felt completely sick anytime she even saw food that was….the color red!


I couldn’t even imagine not being able to eat apples, tomatoes or even worse….strawberry shortcake!  It would be an especially terrible aversion to have on a holiday like the 4th of July, where it seems like every dish is some creative take on a red, white and blue theme.

I scoured the internet to find more information about pregnancy food aversions to color, but alas came up empty-handed.  There was information about food aversions to the color blue, but that makes a little more sense since there aren’t very many naturally blue foods out there, so it makes sense that your brain might tell you to stay away from them.  But now I’m curious….

Did any of you have food aversions to color during your pregnancies?  Or do you have a food aversion to a particular color now?  I’d love to hear about your food aversions or cravings, so feel free to share!

For now, I am just going to be thankful that I do not have any red, white or blue food aversions and can plan on eating my fill at the potluck table this afternoon.  Happy 4th of July!




{image: Martha Stewart}

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