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What the Heck is Pine Nut Mouth? June 14, 2010

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Source - wikivisual.com

How often do you add pine nuts to your salad or recipes?  If you’re like a lot of foodies out there, the answer is probably more often than not.  And you’re probably one of those people that add a little more than just a small handful of these tasty little suckers to whatever dish you’re making.

Now, think about how often you’ve experienced a bitter, almost metallic taste in your mouth that you just can’t shake.  It’s not all that rare, and no matter what you do, you just have to deal with that foul taste in your mouth for a little while.  Have you ever thought that it could have been caused by the pine nuts?

But, what is strange is that others who have eaten the same thing as you on the same day don’t have the same experience.  So what’s up? It’s called pine nut mouth.  (Sounds a little dirty, doesn’t it?)

Pine nut mouth is poorly documented, so there’s not a whole lot of research on it, though there are a few articles in food magazines and blogs out there.  So, that means there are only a bunch of theories out there as to why pine nut mouth actually happens. We’ve put together a couple of them for you so you can come to your own conclusion.

Could they be toxic?

As a leading environmental chemist and toxicology expert at the University of Idaho, Gregory Moller was asked about pine nut mouth.  He mentioned that because there are so many different species and varieties of edible pine nuts out there some may be slightly toxic to some people thus resulting in pine nut mouth.  This actually comes down to a mild allergy.  There are about 29 varieties safe to eat, so if you’ve experienced pine nut mouth, perhaps try a different variety.

Are they too old?

Another interesting possibility about the cause of pine nut mouth comes from a Belgian study that was actually published in the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.  This study suggests that when someone experiences pine nut mouth, they have eaten nuts that have oxidized, which means they should not have been eaten.  The study also indicates that most occurrences of pine nut mouth happen after eating pine nuts from China, though that has yet to be proven.

Is it you?

Dysgeusia, or changes in taste, can occur in people for a variety of reasons.  These reasons could range from something you ate to a more serious health problem.  This can also happen during pregnancy or as a side effect of taking medication.  Sometimes, perhaps in the case of pine nut mouth, dysgeusia can also go completely unexplained.  If you’re worried that the funky taste in your mouth is more than a little pine nut after-effect, check with your doctor.  (It’s probably not, but we do have to warn you!)

The overall conclusion is that you shouldn’t worry too much about pine nut mouth.  It won’t kill you and you haven’t been poisoned by any heavy metals.  Just remember, there are plenty of pine nut varieties out there, all of which have incredible health benefits, so you may or may not ever experience the fun of pine nut mouth.  But if you do have a funky taste in your mouth all of a sudden that you just can’t lose, think back…have you eaten any pine nuts lately?


How Much Pizza Can You Eat? October 17, 2008

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Alright, well here is another weirdo food news story I came across. Apparently these weird food stories are quite the norm lately. And since it took place in my hometown, I guess I better talk about it!

Last Sunday, in Times Square, food-eating champion, Joey Chestnut (what an awesome food last name for someone who just eats and eats and eats) set a world record for eating 45 slices of pizza in 10 minutes!

He won the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship and is now known as a “Pizza Powerhouse”! I know Famous Famiglia only because one day, about 6 years ago, I discovered it on a starved rampage through Terminal 6 (Jetblue) at JFK airport. Pizza for breakfast had never been better!

12 October 2008, Times Square, 1st Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship

They also have a few locations throughout the Big Apple, and all over the country in airports, universities, and other similar locations. For airport pizza, which is usually like mall pizza (ugh), it wasn’t half bad.

Anyway, let’s get back to Mr. Chestnut, shall we? He’s 24 years old and from San Jose, California — our other bee’s new neck of the woods. And he’s got some serious pizza-eating technique — fasting for a couple of days, then folding each slice to make them go down easier.

And this isn’t his only success — in 2007 he won Coney Island’s July Fourth Hot-Dog Eating Contest! (I can deal with one hot dog, but 59 in 10 minutes???)

Chestnut has made it his business to travel the U.S. and enter these eating contests. Is anyone else picturing the pie-eating contest scene in Stand By Me?



Lobster Pants! October 13, 2008

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And we’re not talking about some cute pants with lobsters embroidered on them!

We’re talking about some crazy poacher in San Diego (Binh Quang Chau) who got caught with six (yeah, 6!) LIVE lobsters shoved down his pants.

We came across this story this evening and couldn’t resist sharing it with you…we like seafood. But apparently not as much as some people do.

Good thing those lobsters in San Diego don’t have pincers…ouch!

Looks like he took the lobsters from the La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area and was caught only after some officials noticed that he had some odd bulges in his pants.

Binh ended up in jail and the lobsters got a second chance in the ocean.

You can check out the whole story here.