• How do you deal with the weird sense of taste during treatment?

    Asked by tuninong on Sunday, April 7, 2013

    How do you deal with the weird sense of taste during treatment?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      This is a common problem we have when going through chemo. Here is a blog post we ran a month or so ago on this subject. https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/12-ways-to-battle-metallic-taste-from-chemo

      over 5 years ago
    • INSBOB's Avatar

      i found that sucking on flavored sour balls helped.

      good luck,

      over 5 years ago
    • KimmieJo's Avatar

      I have found that drinking water with lemon in it helps me. Hope you find something that works for you!

      over 5 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I made an agreement with my husband to eat whatever he said I had to eat. In return he promised to feed me only healthy, homemade foods in small portions. If Barry said I had to eat it, I ate it--even if it tasted like cardboard soaked in kerosene.

      over 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I ate a lot of sherbet. It was fat free and cold and the tart fruity taste got through. Adding lemon to water or Sprite helped, too.

      over 5 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      flavored vitamin water!

      over 5 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      When I was having a hard time finding anything I could stand to drink, I found that hot water was okay for me to drink. As the cup cooled, it started tasting bad again, but a little more heat and I could tolerate more.

      It seems to be highly individual what will be tolerable. Try out some things others suggested and find out if any work for you. If you can only tolerate a few things, it's okay to eat a lot of those and not too much of other things. Halfway through chemo, I found that ice cream bars were tolerable and I ate one or two a day during the rest of treatment. Mac and cheese seems to work for many.

      Just hang in there. It will get better.

      over 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Just know it passes and eat whatever works for you, as long as you get enough fluids. I ate a lot of chocolate ice cream, olives and pickles. For some reason those tasted ok to me. It sucks, but it will go away and you will eat better later. Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • lilura46's Avatar

      every tasted yucky, plus I had bad mouth sores...did you try sucking on sour balls or life savers

      over 5 years ago
    • INSBOB's Avatar

      hi guys,
      i know i have part-timers, i forget part of the time and i can be called a psyco ceramic aka crack pot but didn't this start because of a weird sense of taste or metalic taste??? i could have given answers as to what foods are good to use if you didn't feel like eating etc? ok, maybe i have kemo brain. everyone stay well lol

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      find foods that you enjoy and eat them...for me it was fruit...like apples, watermelon, strawberries...also peanut butter on dry toast, potatoes.....use plastic cutlery instead of the metal if you have metalic taste in your mouth....

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Lemon drops are help some. What appealed to me most were foods with intense favors: very sweet, very spicy, etc.

      It's important to make sure you're drinking enough so find something you can tolerate drinking a lot of. For me, I couldn't stand drinking plain water because it tasted like sea water! Lemonade was my go-to drink during chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      I have been done with chemo for about 15 months. Going through it I had a huge weird sense of taste and just learned to eliminate some things. However, even though it's been 15 months I find that I still have different taste sensations for the same foods - I don't know if that will ever balance out so for the time being if it tastes good today I will eat cuz it may not taste good tomorrow.

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      The foods I enjoyed the most were scrambled eggs, chicken, watermelon, green grapes, Popsicles, frosted flakes or coco puffs with milk and plain 'ol water. The flavors were the worst for the first week following chemo and after that didn't seem as metallicly. I felt really aggravated when a food I liked tasted totally different. I was told to think of food as fuel for my body and nothing more. The all time worst food for me was beef. And I normally love steaks and hamburgers. I still haven't eaten one since my chemo days. Take good care now.

      over 5 years ago
    • debshephard's Avatar

      We recommend Jolly Ranchers- buy in bulk !

      over 5 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I've heard that taking a zinc supplement with meals helps. I just try & ignore it. but am so looking forward to tasting food again. Good luck!

      over 5 years ago

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