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Friday, 8 January 2016

I panic if I see greens on my plate: Vegetarian has a phobia of vegetables

A vegetarian is worried her health is suffering – because she is terrified of fruit and vegetables.

Dee Vyas has not touched anything healthy or green for 22 years.

The 34-year-old says her lifestyle has suffered because meals at restaurants and supermarket trips are a nightmare.

Ms Vyas also balks at the smell and taste of meat, leaving her reliant on an unhealthy diet of crisps and chocolate.

‘I panic if I see fruit or vegetables on my plate – tomatoes make me shudder and bananas make me cringe,’ she said.

The office administrator blames her fear, known as lachanophobia, on being forced to eat her greens as a child.

She insisted: ‘It wasn’t just childish rebellion – I actually couldn’t stand the sight or taste of any vegetable or fruit I came across. While I was growing up, my parents thought I was a fussy eater.

‘But vegetables left me as sick as a dog so when I turned 12, I decided enough was enough.’
Ms Vyas, from Harrow, north-west London, said her parents were very supportive of her choice.


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