Food neophobia is one kind of eating behavior that can affect a person’s diet. This can impact a person’s intake of fruits, vegetables or essential nutritents.


A person with food neophobia:

(1) The person refuses to eat or avoids “new” foods.

(2) The person eats foods that are known and familiar.


Opposite: neophilic (loves to eat new or exotic foods)


Differential diagnosis:

(1) picky/fussy eating (resists both familiar and new foods)

(2) specific dislike for a food’s taste or texture

(3) anorexia

(4) obsessive eating (eats only one kind of food)


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