Does Spinach leave a gritty feeling on your teeth?

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  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    It does to me, it's almost like when you drink Coke (but I don't drink soda anymore). You know that gritty feeling? What's up with that?
     
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    Can't say that it does, but asparagus makes my pee smell funny.
     
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    Yep, it does that to me as well. :)

    It's like your teeth aren't as slippery or something. It's so strange.
     
  5. MacHiavelli macrumors 6502a

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    Only if you don't wash it really, really, really, really, really well before you cook it.
     
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    It's the acids in the spinach, primarily oxalic acid, the same acid that is in rhubarb leaves. It is said that the gritty or squeaky feeling on the teeth is the combination of the oxalic acid with proteins like milk on the surface of the teeth.

    (don't eat 10 pounds of spinach at a sitting, you could give yourself oxalic acid poisoning and get kidney failure. People with kidney disease should be cautious of spinach Rhubarb leaves should not be eaten at all.)

    You can get similar tooth effects from Coke and from tea

    Coke has phosphoric acid in it
    Tea (and oak tree acorns) have tannic acid
     
  7. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the info :) I wonder if there's anything that counters that stuff.

    Wow 10 lbs? Who can eat 10lbs of anything? I had a spinach salad that was about it.
     

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