Fun Fact: Spinach Makes my mouth feel funny

Posted on October 13, 2011

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phat chow phagos chocolate (some anatomy humor 4 you) ; )

Oxalates give that fuzzy Tongue sensation.

According to Mad Science Network (2000), spinach contains a high amount of  oxalate crystals which are derived from the mineral salt in oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is also found in chocolate, beets, rhubarb, and strawberries.

When cooked, as opposed to eaten fresh in a salad, the oxalic crystals are broken down and more likely to lead to the chalky mouth phenomena. This should be counteracted with a vitamin C source, such as that in a fresh squirt of lemon juice, as oxalic acid increases the risk of producing oxalic stones in the kidneys.

why doth my thung feel tho funny??

(as far as I’m aware, Einstein had nothing to do with this theory; I just wanted an excuse to use that picture again..)

Please comment so I’m inspired to keep writing… : ) Thanks for Reading!

currently snacking on: sea salt and cracked pepper lentil chips by, the Mediterranean Snacking Company 
Resources

Mad Science Network. (2000, august 22). Why does cooked spinach leave a film that you can feel on your teeth?. Mad Science NetworkBotany, Retrieved from http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/aug2000/967003807.Bt.r.html

‘Young lady eating spinach’ featured image: http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2×2538401/young_woman_eating_spinach

‘Einstein with tongue out’ photo:

http://www.thequoteblog.com/category/albert-einstein

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