Coping with a Metallic Taste:
- Having a metallic taste is one of the most common taste changes reported by patients. This typically goes away after treatment ends, but can sometimes last longer.
- Many people find that red meat can have a metallic taste. Instead enjoy other high protein foods such as chicken or turkey, eggs, nuts, cheese, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. If you have difficulty chewing or swallowing, make sure food is soft.
- Balance a metallic taste by marinating chicken, fish or tofu in a sweet sauce like pineapple juice, or teriyaki or BBQ sauce.
- Balance a metallic taste with something tart like lemons, lime, orange, vinegar or pickle, but avoid if you have a sour mouth or throat. If you are dealing with mouth sores, try using the zest of a lemon instead of the juice.
- Use plastic utensils or chopsticks instead of stainless steel utensils