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Can anybody tell me what this taste is? I am at a loss.

carmellolb | May 5, 201804:34 PM     11

"Poopiness"
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I am just dying to know what this taste is.

A few years ago, I could eat any meat, and have no issue what so ever. One day though, I went to visit relatives. A place where they are, I had breakfast sausage from a buffet. I tasted something funny in the sausage. It almost tasted like body odor, or even, speaking frankly, human waste. I was disgusted and thought there must be something wrong with the meat. On the other hand, a family member was enjoying the sausage. They said they tasted nothing.

After that day, I seemed to have this thing, where some meats would have this taste all of a sudden! Then it started spreading. I then started tasting it in foods I have been enjoying for years. To name a few, steak, prosciutto, salami, sausage, ribs, chicken (very rarely), but the most strong for me, so much that I decided I would cease eating it, pork chops. I eventually gave this taste a funny name: "poopiness".

But the thing is, not all meats have it. For example, I'll go to the BBQ restaurant, have ribs, and they are fine. I then go to another BBQ restaurant, and I feel nauseas. I notice that most chicken is fine, but some isn't. I also notice that most pepperoni is fine, but the ends of it are "poopy". Yet again I noticed that steak is often fine, but then often "poopy". Burgers are the same. Just sometimes. Although bacon I've never found "poopy", but one of my family members has.

Yes, a family member detects it too. But she finds it not as common, and doesn't bother her as much. Another family member actually does detect it, but it does not bother him. And the other one, doesn't detect it at all.

It is almost like a musty, sweaty, rotten taste. It is also smellable. You can sometimes smell it cooking downstairs and know you won't be able to enjoy dinner.

Leftovers also have it a lot, like chicken the first day is fine, but leftover is "poopy".

The weirdest encounter I had, is with homemade pasta. It has nothing to do with meat, but I detect it in homemade pasta too. Not regular pasta, only some homemade.
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I've seen that it could be iodine. No. It is not metallic, and does not taste like that. I've tasted iodine before. People say it could be iron, but it does not taste like blood, which is irony in taste. I've heard that it is called gaminess, but that is different. Trust me. I've tasted gaminess, and it is very different. This almost has a gamey touch to it, I guess, but is not gamey.

I find that it sometimes gets stronger when the meat is cooked more. I find that medium steak is less likely to be "poopy" than well done steak. I find that "poopiness" often goes along with dryness. Could it have to do with moisture?

I've heard that it is genetic. That may be true, but our genes are not creating tastes and smells. If it is genetic, that means that our genes may be allowing us to sense a chemical or quality that other people don't.

And I would like to know what this chemical or quality is!

Maybe I could prevent the situation of sitting at a big table full of people, all enjoying their so called scrumptious meat, while me, embarrassed, trying my hardest to force it down without vomiting.

What is it that is causing this jealousy for me?

Any ideas?

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