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Why do the back of my teeth feel chalkly after eating cooked spinach?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Basically what happens is that I'll eat cooked spinach and then when running my tongue on the back of my teeth they feel very rough and chalky, like there is buildup there. This only happens when I eat cooked spinach, and does not happen when I eat raw spinach. It also does not happen when I cook anything in the same manner (e.g. in coconut oil), so I think I've done a pretty good job narrowing it down to definitely being the cooked spinach itself. My question is why does this happen and has anyone else has had similar experiences? I like cooked spinach a lot but this makes me avoid it.

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on January 18, 2013
at 09:07 PM

@Renee; probably wasn't washed well. I've experienced the same. Even washing and blanching it before sauteing doesn't do much.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Just read the info on Matt's link and that explains it perfectly. I was eating the spinach with a chicken dish that had fresh mozzarella cheese on it. Didn't notice the sensation until I took a bite of the chicken & cheese with a bit of the spinach at the same time.

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on September 20, 2012
at 04:36 PM

It's not really a "gritty" feeling. More like *rough* - almost like all the enamel has been stripped off your teeth.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I've actually never experienced this. Sounds strange.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:38 PM

It's raw for me, too. One of the weirdest mouth-feels for me!

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Whereas I get that feeling when I eat it cooked!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 19, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Guess that explains why I get the same thing with swiss chard and beet greens, too.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 19, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 19, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Guess that explains why I get the same thing with swiss chard and beet greens, too.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I've actually never experienced this. Sounds strange.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 20, 2012
at 04:36 PM

It's not really a "gritty" feeling. More like *rough* - almost like all the enamel has been stripped off your teeth.

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489497642ad41d4b45db4d07dbe54353

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on September 19, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Most likely the Oxalic acid. I have that feeling when I eat it raw, or even sometime with high acid apples.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Whereas I get that feeling when I eat it cooked!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:38 PM

It's raw for me, too. One of the weirdest mouth-feels for me!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on January 18, 2013
at 09:07 PM

@Renee; probably wasn't washed well. I've experienced the same. Even washing and blanching it before sauteing doesn't do much.

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on June 19, 2013
at 09:20 AM

I get this too, and started getting a similar thing with watercress where the texture on my teeth was just plain nasty, I took it as my bodies way of telling me maybe I shouldn't be eating plants so much

I like veggies, especially roasted or raw as they are refreshing, im just really unconvinced about them being necessary or optimal for health

Saying that, sometimes munching on a big uncut leaf of raw kale is heavenly and the feel good factor could be enough to justify eating it & saying is beneficial

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on June 19, 2013
at 06:48 AM

any answers what to do to get rid of that feeling , i have it too?

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6972e800d39f5338907009b0bb1d937f

on January 12, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I get that same feeling when I eat cooked spinach only...

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32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on January 18, 2013
at 08:50 PM

For me it only happens with cooked spinach, not raw. My question is this: if it's true that this chalky sensation can be chalked up to (haha) oxalic acid crystals, why is it that it occurs with cooked spinach rather than raw, when cooking supposedly reduces oxalic acid? I realize for other people it's the opposite, but that just suggests (to me) that something else is going on here.

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729273c9ee3c47adc7826516a730e1cc

on January 18, 2013
at 07:54 PM

This just happened to me today at lunch so I did a google search and found this convo. It's a very chalky feeling and drinking water doesn't make it go away. I don't recall ever feeling it in the past but will definitely pay attention the next time I eat spinach to see if it happens again. Very weird.

729273c9ee3c47adc7826516a730e1cc

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Just read the info on Matt's link and that explains it perfectly. I was eating the spinach with a chicken dish that had fresh mozzarella cheese on it. Didn't notice the sensation until I took a bite of the chicken & cheese with a bit of the spinach at the same time.

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