• metal taste

    Asked by Carole357 on Thursday, November 13, 2014

    metal taste

    Any suggestions of food to eat/avoid to combat the metal taste BEFORE it occurs?
    Bland food? spicy food? no food?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      I don't think what you eat beforehand will have any impact. I suggest you just wait & see & deal with whatever side effects actually occur. I never experienced the metallic taste myself but my sense of taste was altered. Most people recommend citrus if you get that metallic taste. Such as a slice of lemon in your water.

      about 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Carole, this is a common problem and we have an article here>> https://www.whatnext.com/content/blog/posts/15-ways-to-battle-metallic-taste-from-chemo on how to help with this.

      about 7 years ago
    • IbelieveinGod's Avatar

      I have done several chemos so not all of them don't give you that and everyone is different so you may not get that taste. When I did have it nothing worked but I drank shakes vanilla from mcdonalds to help keep the weight on also I was able to eat peanut butter and bake potatoes

      about 7 years ago
    • carolyn1827's Avatar

      What helped me the most was using all plastic utensils and cook your food in glass containers. The only thing I was able to taste was White Castle's Chocolate shakes.

      about 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I also never had the metallic taste. I guess it depends on the chemo and how you personally react to it. Like Jalemans said, most people seem to recommend lemon, orange, or lime slices in water when they have the metallic taste. Good luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I just had a hard time with water, so I chose to drink soda of flavors I wouldn't normally touch (red pop, grape, root beer), just to drown out the taste, but get some liquids into me. I found fruit was a good alternative to liquids.

      about 7 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      I've still got a bit of metallic chemo mouth, even though it's been almost a month since my last infusion. I mix lemon juice with my water and carry a small bottle of the juice on the road. Fortunately, I've felt chemo mouth only with water and if there's nothing in my mouth at all. It hasn't affected my food.

      about 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      If you have the metal taste, use plastic cutlery and if you drink canned soda, pour it into a glass....

      about 7 years ago
    • Coolgm's Avatar

      I found that munching on salty food like crackers, chips & pretzels helped with the metallic taste & queasy stomache. I hated the taste of water so I did some research and discovered that there are quite a few substitutes such as jello, watermellon, tea to name a few. Even soda pop has some value, not the healthiest but it has some equivalence.

      about 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Popsicles were my friend while I was on chemo, as they sure did help with that awful taste. I also ate popcorn from time to time and drank a lot of water from a plastic sports bottle. My appetite was kind of crummy, so I ate mostly finger foods, sandwitches, or drank broth from a glass. The few times I used utensils, I didn't notice any bad taste. One thing I found to be highly refreshing during my time on chemo was the chocolate mint Klondyke Bars; to have fresh breath like that was shere bliss! HUGS and God bless!

      about 7 years ago
    • Stylerman's Avatar

      What the risk of sounding a bit odd I turned to pretzel crisps and mini bagels with peanut butter. The saltiness in the pretzel crisps and water with lemon did helped. On the really bad days I hit the peanut butter. Good luck.

      about 7 years ago
    • Margcming's Avatar

      I had crazy cravings for about 2 weeks after each round. I found spicy and citrus were best when I had that metallic taste. Be sure and hydrate really well the days before chemo and also the day of.

      about 7 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I just finished my 6th chemo and found if I drink a Slurpee or other ice drink that gives you a brain freeze while the strong stuff is being infused I avoid the metal taste in my mouth. Plain old ice chips didn't work for me.

      about 7 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar

      I don't think you can combat it and keep it away. I found that the one thing that always tasted good to me was V8 original low sodium juice. Water even got to tasting like mud, or something icky. Soda, Crystal Light, all tasted bad. Don't know if you like V8 or not, but it might be worth a try, just in case it works for you. Popcycles, worked, too.

      about 7 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      I have been on several different types of chemo and not all of them gave me a metal taste. Most of them just wiped out my sense of taste. I did find citrus would really make the metal taste worse. But I would wait to buy any special foods until you see how you react. There are other things that go along with chemo that could alter your diet....such as your white blood count. If it goes really low you might not be able to eat fresh vegetables or fruit. Just wait and then you can make the best decisions.

      about 7 years ago
    • AnnyKay's Avatar

      I never experienced the metal taste with my chemo. I used plastic utensils from the very first as others have said, cooked in glass dishes when possible. Food continued to taste fine to me. I am not crazy about water but I did drink decaf tea, put crystal light in my water and also if you like soft drinks, try Diet Rite. It is better for you than most. Has no aspertine, no caffine and no calories. Add citrus to it if you do not like the taste, it will grow on you.

      about 7 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more breast cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Breast Cancer page.