Fructophobia — Definition, Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

Fructophobia — Definition, Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

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Fructophobia has gotten too hard on your ever spiking and falling “mental ecg.”

So you wept and screamed as soon as your hand brushed up against the squishy, red winter berries.

You felt disgusted in the skin, completely jolted up.

Goosebumps wanted to push for another long-frothy shower.

So you rush inside the bathroom and rub the portion harder than the ancestors did the stones for fire.

And all of a sudden, you realise the template to clean yourself is getting repetitive for the past few years.

The dreadfulness has grown every time these triggering, sweet, fleshy items containing seeds reflect in front of the eyes.


Searching Fructophobia

Eventually, you’re here searching for the unconscious and firing automated reaction to fruits.

And also to find as to why the community at large finds your antics entertaining.

And also why they don’t miss any opportunity to attach unsolicited reasons and advice to your unexplained hatred for fruits.

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Here’s the exciting catch about fear of fruit

Double-edged myth

“They’re more common than you think and rarer than your neighbors think.”

So you can feel good you’re not alone in the fearful-journey.

There are always a few who share the feeling with you and want to get rid of it.

Face-the-fear-with-power” society may not understand the underlying causes.

They might label it a “childhood onset.”

But your research of this strange and weird phobia can solve half the problems in your head.

To make it easier for you, we’re up with the guide.

It will take you through the details of your fruit phobia, also known as Fructophobia.

Wait till you get the real info on the matter.


What is Fructophobia?

Fruit phobia is officially called Fructophobia.

The phobic person fears fruits until the condition is diagnosed and treated.

Now you may argue it can be a personal preference rather than fear, which can be partially true.

Different people have different reasons to not like many things.

Be it fruits, vegetables, or food, we all have unique taste combinations.

The resultant preference could be personal intolerance or cultural reasons.

But fructophobia is mostly visible when you develop an irrational fear and irritation towards these soft “yucky” yields.

Please note the keyword “irrational fear” since the underlying causes are hard to detect.

The science to reason this aversive responses is difficult to understand.

Many sufferer may feel fruits to have worms and insects that can cause illness.

Some may even fear seeds germinating inside the body. Or the fruit tree growing out of the roof.

The belief slowly turns into an extreme disgust towards all types of fruits.

It forces them away from fruit-derived products completely.

A lot of psychological factors contribute to the phobia, including eating and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Eating behavior disorders like anorexia cause contempt towards certain food types.

An anorexic person can despise fruits, vegetables, or even daily food to survive for unknown reasons.


Fears that run in the heads of Fructophobics

Not one or two, there can be as many excuses for not being able to bring yourself to eating fruits.

While seed germination grandma story continues to top the reason list, people have a variety of other interesting stories to share.

Some believe the sugar in fruits can cause obesity.

While others feel an unexplained rush of panic for they have to stand the unbearable juicy explosion in their mouths.

The thought of touching the wet, smelly fruit cuts to extreme grossness.

Also, the fruits’ skin feels weird and horrible to many.

Halloween’s Jack-o-lantern, the main fruity pumpkin character in the spooky festival, is also seen sending chills to the spines of phobics.

Like veganism makes empathetic buzz towards animals, some people develop emotional empathy towards living plants and their derived products.

Although it might not make the list of phobic stories, personal preferences slowly takes shape as irrational fear.

As a result, the person develops typical phobic characteristics of avoiding the object (in this case, fruits) when the fruit announces itself in front of them unexpectedly.

Their unconscious brains trigger automatic fighting or avoiding responses to the already existing past templates.

The unconscious does its best to keep them away from fruits, marking them safe at the highest level.


What causes Fructophobia?

Psychological, cultural, and sometimes religious factors affect eating habits.

The psychological causes such as avoiding fruits to accomplish specific goals is common among many phobics.

In this case, a person attempting to look good feels “avoiding the fruits” shall help achieve the desired goal.

The behavior eventually turns into a learned eating routine.

Cultural and religious factors also teaches abnormal eating environments to phobics.

For example, a family with Fructophobia history is likely to pass the fear to its lineage.

Years of religious distaste at house and school plug-in the fear as well.

Many phobics visit the painful pasts and worst memories when they’re asked to eat the fruits they dislike.

Not dislike, but hate.

The fear may emerge at any age with no noticeable threat early in their live.

But the despising template can root back to childhood.

Any bad experience can put in the seeds of fear (not fruits).

And it cultivates minor eating disorders that eventually flips into non-ignorable despise over the years.

A child who has created or interpreted dangerous mental imageries keeps the fruit not only at arm’s length but free of sight.


What are the symptoms of Fructophobia?

Like other phobias, the unpleasant feeling triggered by the danger of fruits isn’t very complicated.

They’re the known physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical symptoms

  • shortness of breath
  • tremors
  • weeping
  • screaming
  • fainting
  • increased heart rate
  • increased body temperature


Psychological symptoms

  • loss of control
  • urge to flee
  • feeling unsteady,
  • feeling like you are choking
  • feeling panic rush


Unusual disgust response to fruits in fructophobia

Fear is the foundation of Fructophobia.

But other emotions such as disgust could well grow and get misunderstood with fear.

“Please note the fear of fruits is not the same as disgust for fruits.”

It’s easier to find the underlying reasons for fear of fruits than to find the reasons for disgust or compulsive disorders towards fruits.

Contamination OCD, the obsession to disgust spreading or contracting the disease, can be one of the reasons why people choose to hate fruits.

These intrusive ideas cause stress and force to pick compulsive behaviors such as repetitive hand wash.

Again, fear is diagnosable and easy to understand than OCD or disgust towards something.

So it’s essential to check a specialist for marking the line between fear and OCD.

And also to get treated accordingly.


Treatment of Fructophobia?

Phobia is not phobia because a few chemicals, here and there, release in the brain.

It’s much more than the fear of chemicals triggering in the body.

Whatever the patient imagines believes everything to be true.

The expert in the field needs to get them the strong coffee and wake up to the reality.

Like any phobia, the obvious and popular treatment is exposure therapy.

But it only clicks when the person is willing to undergo the treatment.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is another effective way to tone down the issue.

The mental health professional should get you to the origin of fear and treat accordingly.

One way to face fear is by following these steps:


  • Reach medical experts first.
  • They’re most likely to understand the root cause of your problem and ask to build a fear ladder.



  • Make a fear ladder.
  • Write down the list of least-fearful to the most-fearful fruit.
  • Make it fun with ratings.
  • Give them numbers from 0 to 10 on the fearful-scale.



  • Assign small goals like watching the fruits from a distance.
  • Don’t make instant plans.
  • Plan these goals beforehand and prepare yourself for the activity.
  • You want to be in complete control and don’t want to confront plans unprepared.



  • Try to execute these plans and reach specific goals.
  • Then gradually move to the next goal post, like getting closer to the least-scary fruit.



  • Engage in these small activities repeatedly until you feel less anxious with it.
  • If you can stand the situation for a prolonged time, stay there until you feel less nervous about it.
  • If you can’t stand long enough to accomplish the goal, repeat the sets for shorter durations.
  • Anxiety eventually takes a lot of energy and runs out of gas at some moment.



  • The idea is to plan, prolong, and repeat the exercise.
  • Keep a track record of your improvement.



  • Don’t rush. You don’t have to assign yourself a deadline.
  • Go slow, be careful.
  • It’s not easy to address your fear of fruits in a few moments.



  • Luck favors the brave.
  • Reward yourself for bravery.
  • It’s not easy to beat your fear.
  • Every gain you’ve made should be rewarded.



  • Don’t be discouraged if your fear starts surfacing back.
  • It’s very typical to live around these fears time and again.
  • You’ll ultimately find it disappearing if you keep practicing.



    • By far, the most crucial step.
    • Choose wise and positive people around you.
    • They’ll help overcome the problem when you’re living through exposure tools.
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The final call on fructophobia

Remember! Phobia related anxiety is a lifelong battle.

They may creep in when you think you’ve recovered from the problem.

But the key ingredient to pushing down the effect is your patience.

The only time you receive psychic payment with these phobias is when you trust yourself and have the wills of the world.

Saurav Agarwal

Quarter-time assumer, half-time thinker, and a full-time writer.

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