The fear of foods touching on your plate is more common than you might think. Ease these anxieties with Food Cubby.
Brumotactillophobia, or the fear of foods touching on your plate, is a very real and pretty common affliction. You might not know that there is formal name for it, but there is, and if you suffer from it - you are definitely not alone.
Often bemoaned on social media, elements of a meal coming in contact with one another can turn the pleasure eating into a stressful ordeal.
People who struggle with these anxieties often make sure that their foods are separated out to different sections of the plate, creating invisible borders between the elements of the meal. Wet foods and sauces cause problems, as they easily shift, do not hold form and leave residue on other foods.
If you are brumotactillophobic, don't worry - there is a handy little device that can provide a world of relief: Food Cubby.
Unlike divider plates, which can be bulky and evoke school canteen vibes, Food Cubby is light-weight and portable. The two simple silicon suction barriers of different sizes can be applied to any flat plate, allowing you to take them wherever you go.
The online response has been very positive - both from those who hate food touching and the loved ones who struggle to prepare food for those with these anxieties.
"Oh my gosh! [...] so great for travel too, since divided plates are so bulky," wrote one fan on Instagram. Another said: "This looks so incredible!"
It's a quirky way to handle a quirk, but it's simple and it is working for people.
All images from Food Cubby