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    Default Why does fresh spinach make your teeth feel fuzzy or gritty?

    I always wondered that. So Today I looked it up. And sure enough, it was not my imagination

    Why Does Spinach Make My Teeth Feel Gritty
    We all want to be “strong to the fin-ich cause I eat me spin-ach” but our hero Popeye never mentioned that gritty feeling on the teeth after downing some leafy greens. What is that anyways? Ever felt it? The strange residue left coating your pearly whites after eating spinach? You aren’t imagining it, there is, in fact a unique residue on your teeth.

    One byproduct of spinach’s metabolism is oxalic acid. These small crystals do not dissolve in water, so when you eat spinach that is the gritty feeling on your teeth. In large quantities, oxalic acid can be harmful, but it is present in only very small amounts in spinach, so you’re safe. You might feel like you need to whip out the Colgate, but then again, you probably needed to do that anyways.

    Plus, the health benefits of spinach drastically outweigh the slight gritty residue anyways. You name me any cancer, I’ll tell you why spinach helps prevent it. Ovarian Cancer? Woman who eat spinach have a 40% lower risk of getting it. Prostate Cancer? Chemical compounds in spinach tell the malignant cells to self destruct. Heart Disease? The A & C vitamins combine to form a water and fat soluble anti-cancer team, preventing cholesterol buildup in your arteries. Memory loss? Spinach helps prevent age-induced memory decline. Anemic? Cooked spinach supplies your body with iron like rain to grass. This is one leafy green your body should not live without.

    Don’t take my word for it, take the sailor man’s. Gritty teeth never stopped Popeye and he was strong to the fin-ich.
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    Hey, it's better than some of the latest tripe being posted here!
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    Thanks for the info. Good stuff. I am always interested in how things work or where weird things come from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by refreshed View Post
    Thanks for the info. Good stuff. I am always interested in how things work or where weird things come from.
    I love fresh spinach. Especially, salad with baby spinach. But man, you gotta brush your teeth about 5 times after words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I love fresh spinach. Especially, salad with baby spinach. But man, you gotta brush your teeth about 5 times after words.
    You mentioned the health benefits, and I don't know if it is a placebo effect or what, but I feel GREAT after eating a spinach salad or just piling as much on a sandwich as possible. Just don't eat a lot of spinach and drink Coke at the same time. Talk about fuzzy teeth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I always wondered that. So Today I looked it up. And sure enough, it was not my imagination

    Why Does Spinach Make My Teeth Feel Gritty
    We all want to be “strong to the fin-ich cause I eat me spin-ach” but our hero Popeye never mentioned that gritty feeling on the teeth after downing some leafy greens. What is that anyways? Ever felt it? The strange residue left coating your pearly whites after eating spinach? You aren’t imagining it, there is, in fact a unique residue on your teeth.

    One byproduct of spinach’s metabolism is oxalic acid. These small crystals do not dissolve in water, so when you eat spinach that is the gritty feeling on your teeth. In large quantities, oxalic acid can be harmful, but it is present in only very small amounts in spinach, so you’re safe. You might feel like you need to whip out the Colgate, but then again, you probably needed to do that anyways.

    Plus, the health benefits of spinach drastically outweigh the slight gritty residue anyways. You name me any cancer, I’ll tell you why spinach helps prevent it. Ovarian Cancer? Woman who eat spinach have a 40% lower risk of getting it. Prostate Cancer? Chemical compounds in spinach tell the malignant cells to self destruct. Heart Disease? The A & C vitamins combine to form a water and fat soluble anti-cancer team, preventing cholesterol buildup in your arteries. Memory loss? Spinach helps prevent age-induced memory decline. Anemic? Cooked spinach supplies your body with iron like rain to grass. This is one leafy green your body should not live without.

    Don’t take my word for it, take the sailor man’s. Gritty teeth never stopped Popeye and he was strong to the fin-ich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    We all want to be “strong to the fin-ich cause I eat me spin-ach” but our hero Popeye never mentioned that gritty feeling on the teeth after downing some leafy greens.
    Could that be because he ate some liquid-based spinach that literally jumped out of the can? Who invented that, NASA?
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    I'm voting for this as my favorite thread of the week.
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    Now some of you might think this is a dumb question but I was not raised in the South and really don't know. Is spinach and greens the same thing? Are they related? How many different types of 'greens' are there?

    I was raise with spinach but not greens and they seem almost identical to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BALAAM View Post
    Now some of you might think this is a dumb question but I was not raised in the South and really don't know. Is spinach and greens the same thing? Are they related? How many different types of 'greens' are there?

    I was raise with spinach but not greens and they seem almost identical to me.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe greens can include many types of green leafy vegetables (kale, collard greens, etc.) but spinach is only one type of green leafy vegetable. I'm not looking for a theological debate on this.
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