Because it is bitter, and because it is my mouth
April 20, 2010 6:02 AM Subscribe
posted by dfan (36 comments total)
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Suddenly everything you eat or drink tastes horribly bitter and metallic, with the bitterness persisting at the back of your tongue after each swallow. The symptom recedes somewhat after a few meals but still persists after days. What's wrong with you?
Brain tumor? Liver failure? First check if you ate pine nuts a few days ago - if so, you've probably just got pine mouth
The first case of taste disturbances after pine nut ingestion
was noted in 2000, but their incidence has spiked in the last year or two
. Typically the symptoms described above arise suddenly about three days after eating pine nuts, and gradually diminish over the course of 2 to 14 days.
It appears to affect only certain people, and it appears to be an issue only with certain kinds of pine nuts, specifically those sourced from Asia (and China in particular). Does it have to do with some property of that variety of nut, or maybe the way they've been treated? What is the mechanism for producing the symptom of intense bitterness, and why does it go away in a week or two? No one seems to have a clue.