spinach after effect

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2013 at 6:50 AM

anyone have an answer what to do after eating spinach and feeling tat chalky feel around your teeth, how can one get rid of it?

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on August 01, 2013
at 12:24 PM

That weird mouth feeling after eating spinach is due to calcium oxalate in spinach.

Oxalates are antinutrients that can bind to elements that have a 2+ charge like magnesium, iron or calcium to form oxalic acid. As the human body is not capable of metabolizing oxalic acid properly the OA in spinach prevents big amounts of minerals from entering your bloodstream. Oxalates, however can also bind to toxic chemicals like beryllium and radium in your gut and thus work as a detoxifying agent.

The oxalates in food can be reduced through cooking, roasting, soaking and fermenting. Depending of which high-oxalate food one has on hand, one or several methods should be chosen.

In the case of spinach cooking thoroughly (especially in an acidic environment) and fermenting helped me a lot to get rid of that mouth feeling.



on August 01, 2013
at 02:20 AM

I'm not trying to be condescending, but I always brushed my teeth after meals. Maybe that could solve your problem.


on July 03, 2013
at 10:37 PM

I was always told that cooking your spinach with dairy helped to keep that from happening. I don't eat cooked spinach enough to know if that works.



on June 19, 2013
at 09:20 PM

I use a stick of glee natural gum :)

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