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Bitter metallic taste after eating pine nuts?

Asked by occ (4083points) September 3rd, 2010

I have this bitter, metallic taste in my mouth every time I eat. It started this morning. I googled it and found a number of blogs with posts from people saying they experienced this bitter metallic taste in their mouth 2 days after eating pine nuts. I thought back…and yes, I ate pine nuts two days ago. Has this ever happened to anyone else on Fluther? If so, how long did it last? It is really unpleasant and I hope it doesn’t last too long. I’ve eaten pine nuts many times in the past and have never had this problem…but some postings say this is specifically happening with pine nuts from China.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

I wouldnt know much about it as im allergic to nuts so i never ate them, but this is a perfectly normal reaction. I took a survival class over the summer and the professor told us about it. I forget what he said causes it but its some compound in pine nuts. Its perfectly normal it just comes from eating a lot at once.

Winters's avatar

I’ve heard that it may be because of the oils in the nuts becoming rancid due to poor packing, but it doesn’t seem to be causing any health concerns past the awkward metallic taste in one’s mouth.

kevbo's avatar

This happened to me a while back. I recall it having to do with being sourced from China. It is really annoying especially with sweet foods, but it will go away in a few days.

El_Cadejo's avatar

i dont think its the china thing as my professor was saying it happens with fresh pine nuts too.

Cruiser's avatar

Apparently you are not alone

SeventhSense's avatar

I don’t know but I might think twice before eating pine nuts if it was me.
My pet peeve: Spicy in, spicy out…Woooo!

Trance24's avatar

It is very normal for everything you eat after eating a lot of pine nuts to taste metallic. Its isnt bad, its just because of a chemical within the pine nut. when I took my survival course with my one professor he told us all about it. Pine nuts are still very healthy for you but when eaten in a large continuous amount it can have that effect.

MrsDufresne's avatar

Yes, I had this happen to me. I bought a bag of pine nuts and I ate them throughout the week as a snack. Everything I ate had a weird aftertaste. It made me worry, so I Googled it. I stopped eating the pine nuts and my tastebuds went back to normal in about three to four days. Now, I’ll only eat pinenuts in dishes prepared in restaurants.

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