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  1. Rudy Baum
    Jul 13 - 12:07 pm

    Does everyone who ingests a bad pine nut develop pine mouth? Or is it possible that this is one of those phenomena like the aversion to cilantro that Alex Tullo wrote about in Newscripts (http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/88/i06/html/8806newscripts.html)?

  2. Lauren Wolf
    Jul 13 - 12:29 pm

    Good question, Rudy. Because researchers don’t know what causes pine mouth yet, I’m not sure there’s a definitive answer. If the linalool oxide theory mentioned above is correct, though, I’d guess that everyone who has a bad pine nut would be affected. Cilantro aversion, on the other hand, seems to be genetic, based on Alex’s reporting. It will be interesting, however, to see what the culprit is when scientists eventually figure it out.

  3. Lauren Wolf
    Jul 15 - 10:31 am

    Not sure how I missed this, but it has been brought to my attention that there was another terrific blog post by scicurious last month on pine mouth. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/k4ZxMV

  4. Dave
    Jul 27 - 5:56 pm

    I had this same problem but it ended up being from canned air dusters that you use on computers instead of pine nuts. Check out the site here Bitter Taste In Mouth . But the next time I ate pine nuts I noticed that they also cause it a little.

  5. Max
    Mar 27 - 8:39 am

    I think that I know that metallic taste exactly. I recently tried a bottle of alcohol-free Becks lager. At first I didn’t notice anything odd about the taste but within a few minutes there was a very strong metallic taste. It lasted for the best part of 2 days and even now I can vividly bring to mind the taste.

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