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Pine Mouth Syndrome: Extended Bitter Style from Sure Pine Nuts


Under is an approximation of this video’s audio content material. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, photos, and quotes to which Dr. Greger could also be referring, watch the above video.

The rationale I make my pesto with walnuts as an alternative of the extra conventional pine nuts shouldn’t be solely as a result of walnuts are most likely more healthy—we’re talkin’ 20 instances extra polyphenols—but in addition due to a mysterious phenomenon often known as PMS. Nope, not that PMS. “Pine Mouth Syndrome,” characterised by what has change into my favourite phrase of the week, cacogeusia, which means a foul style in your mouth. You will get it from heavy metallic toxicity, seafood toxins, sure dietary and neurologic problems, or from consuming the improper form of pine nuts. “Termed ‘Pine Mouth’ by the general public,” just a few days after consuming pine nuts, you get this persistent metallic or bitter style in your mouth that may final for weeks.

Hundreds of instances have been reported. Uncooked versus cooked pine nuts doesn’t appear to matter. May the trigger be some “unidentified toxin current in some types of non-edible pine nuts”?  “Out of greater than 100 totally different [kinds] of [pine trees, the nuts of only about] 30 are thought of to be edible…”

So, pine nut samples from stricken shoppers had been analyzed, and certainly all of them contained nuts from Chinese language white pine, which isn’t reported to be edible. That tree is usually used just for lumber. These are the great ones; these are the dangerous ones. It’s like a recreation: good, dangerous, good, good. You don’t realize it’s the Chinese language white pine nuts, although, till you place it to the check.

Researchers had just a few of us devour six to eight Chinese language white pine nuts. Many of the topics hadn’t ever heard of Pine Mouth syndrome, and growth—all of them developed signs. We nonetheless don’t know precisely what it’s in these nuts that causes such a bizarre response. We simply know to steer clear of these sorts of pine nuts.

So, what sorts of pine nuts do we have now on our cabinets right here? All types, apparently, together with these related to pine mouth. Good, good, good, dangerous, good. So, unsurprisingly, a whole bunch of instances have been reported within the U.S. as nicely. Many of the implicated nuts had been “[reportedly labeled as] … originating from Asia, and usually China.”

Europe really did one thing about it and demanded China cease sending them poisonous nuts, which they did in 2011. And “this export restriction probably resulted in [less being imported into] the U.S. as nicely,” given the decline in instances going into 2012. Uncommon instances nonetheless occur, although, as evidenced by an lively Fb group entitled “Rattling you Pine Nuts.” The first motive I made this video is simply to allay fears ought to this ever occur to you. Though there aren’t any confirmed therapies, Pine Mouth syndrome seems to be benign and simply goes away by itself.

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