She likes to indulge herself with some chocolate cake right here and there, or maybe a cupcake if she’s feeling notably hungry. However there are many different meals that she’ll by no means eat—and one particularly that I need to talk about right here: garlic. Whereas many cooks use garlic so as to add taste to their dishes, Elizabeth II does not appear on this traditional ingredient. In truth, her dislike for it’s so well-known that cooks have taken additional care to not embrace it when cooking for Her Majesty!
Garlic is a strong-smelling food that can be delicious, but if you're not careful, it's also not good for your health. Garlic has been linked to heart disease and high cholesterol. When eaten in large doses, garlic can also cause stomach upset or gastrointestinal distress—not ideal when you're planning on having a nice meal with your family! And finally, garlic is not known for its breath-freshening properties unless you have a lot of money to spend on mouthwash and gum.
The queen doesn't liked potatoes.
Why? Because they aren't a royal food.
The same reason she doesn't eat bread, or soup, or most meats, really. Potatoes are just not considered appropriate fare for someone who lives in Buckingham Palace and has servants to do everything for her. You're supposed to eat things that are rich and luxurious—like lobster thermidor or caviar—not something that comes out of the ground! And especially not if it's something peasants would grow in their gardens (or fields). In fact, potatoes were so cheap back then that many people ate them at every meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's why they became known as "peasant food."
3 Pasta and rice
The queen hated most carbs.
In the 1960s, Elizabeth was known to have said that "pasta is indigestible" and "rice is nourishing but boring." She also believed that carbohydrates were generally unhealthy and didn't want them in her diet.
The Queen’s aversion to pasta and rice has been documented in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, where she said she always ate plenty of protein and vegetables at lunchtime—naturally excluding any kind of carbohydrate-rich foods like potatoes or grains.
Her views on pasta changed a bit over time; when asked about it again in 2013, she told BBC News: "I've never had a problem with spaghetti Bolognese—it's delicious!"
4 Protein-Hiding Food
In addition to the foods she actually did eat, there are a few dishes that Queen Elizabeth never touched. While she didn't mind eating some offal (liver and kidneys), she was careful to avoid tripe, sweetbreads, and bone-in meat.
Tripe is the stomach lining of cattle or sheep—and while it's often considered tasty in other parts of the world, Queen Elizabeth II just doesn't care for the texture or odor.
Sweetbreads are another delicacy favored by many cultures around the globe that Queen Elizabeth II avoids: they're made from either lamb or calf thymus glands. Their name comes from their sweet taste (thanks to high levels of insulin) but also refers to another organ: pancreas glandular tissue!
5 Bread (Unless it's Scones)
Bread is one of the oldest foods known to man, and it's been a staple food for centuries. Bread can be made from many different types of grains, and it's often eaten with meals. It's also rich in carbohydrates—one reason why it was such an important food during World War II when people had to survive on rations.
While Queen Elizabeth ll did enjoy some bread, she never ate industrial white bread, which has little nutritional value compared to other kinds of wheat-based products like whole grain or rye loaves.
6 Eggs That Aren't Soft-Boiled
The Queen has a preference for soft-boiled eggs, and she's not a fan of any other kind. She does not like them hard-boiled, sunny-side up, poached or scrambled. It's just not her style to eat these kinds of eggs. The only way you're going to get an egg cooked this way is if you find yourself in Buckingham Palace—and even then they'd probably be just slightly overcooked by the time they make it out of the kitchen.
So what is it about soft-boiled that appeals so much? It's likely because on top of being easy to prepare (all you need is some water and an egg), it also contains less cholesterol than other styles like hardboiling does—and since we know how much she cares about her heart health, this makes sense!
7 Raw Meat
When it comes to meat, you should always cook it until the middle is pink. If you don't, there's a chance that some of your food will be undercooked and potentially harmful.
If you want to serve rare meat (or a steak), there's nothing wrong with doing so as long as you're sure that the animal has been humanely raised and slaughtered.
8 Coffee or Tea (Afternoon Only)
Coffee or tea is often served with a meal in the UK, but not as a snack. The Queen was known to have enjoyed her daily cup of Earl Grey and would have generally had tea served with lunch or dinner.
However, unlike in the US where it was considered unacceptable to drink hot drinks on their own until well into the 19th century, Americans had been drinking coffee and/or tea since at least 1770 when John Hanson opened his first shop selling these beverages in New York City.
9 Shellfish (Exception for Prawns and Oysters)
In case you were wondering, the queen doesn't eat shellfish. Her Majesty’s aversion to all things crustacean is well-documented, but it's unclear exactly when she stopped eating them. Some reports suggest she gave up shellfish in her youth because of a fear of dying from food poisoning or an allergy to the foods themselves. Others say that while she did enjoy lobster and crab as a child (and would eat prawns in later life), one day after watching Princess Margaret eat a prawn cocktail, Elizabeth suddenly decided she couldn't stand anything with a shell on top anymore because it just looked too much like an insect. Who knows?
10 Cheese After a Meal
Cheese is a good source of calcium, but it's also high in fat. So it's best to eat it in moderation.
In many cultures, cheese is served as dessert after the main meal has been eaten. This can be confusing to those who are used to eating cheese as part of the main course—and who don't want dessert right before bedtime! But if you're hosting a dinner party and want your guests to enjoy their meal without worrying about how many calories they're consuming or whether they'll still be hungry enough for dessert, consider serving cheese at the end of your meal instead.
Now that you know what Queen Elizabeth II never ate, it’s your turn to try one of these forbidden foods. You may be surprised by how much you like them!