The nature of the taste disturbance of the pine nut syndrome is evidently influenced by the types of foods and the patterns are not always consistent. Some foods taste horrid, while some foods are completely unaffected…. and these foods are not necessarily perceived the same way by all victims of PNS. For instance, coffee or ice cream could provide relief for one person, but could cause another person to gag.
According to the findings of the survey, there were however some general patterns and advice offered by victims. The chart below shows the frequency which each taste type was rated to have the most intense taste disturbance. The general consensus is that sweet and carbohydrate foods (e.g. bread and cakes) caused the greatest disturbance to taste.
In the survey, I had also asked respondents to name specific foods for each category of taste disturbance intensities, and I have included in the table below the list of specific foods that have been mentioned 10 times or more. The strongest consensus was on wines being the most unpalatable (my personal experience was that it tasted like a bloody raw chicken!), and salty / sour / spicy foods best masking the bad taste.
[Updated: 5 June 2011]