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Old 02-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Human Question - tingly tongue tip after eating spinach or kale

Anyone else ever experience this?

I have read various things but lips/tongue tingly ... you know I have been eating spinach all my life and kale in recent years and it goes away in a few hours....no other "allergy" signs...no escalation and they are such healthy foods.

Just wondering if anyone else has experienced. It is rather unpleasant and I have narrowed it down to these culprits (mainly spinach more so than kale) as culprits.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I get this with lime. Seems like an allergic reaction, but has never escalated, same as yours. Just don't ask me to give up my tequila shots. Kale and spinach? Could give these up easily
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I get itchy lips, inside of mouth and tongue after eating melon - watermelon, cantaloup or honeydew.....I know I am allergic to them after testing many many moons ago...but I have a little now and then anyway...

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hands up in the back row -- check out zinc difficiency -- tingling tongue is one of the signs --- pumpkin seeds are great for zinc . there are some awesome recipes for vegans using spinach , pumpkin seeds and avocado in a salad , another we had was penne with olive oil and lemon dressing , with spinach , then roasted red , orange, yellow and green peppers cut into strips and laced in criss cross colourful pattern over the spinach (cooked with olive oil and garlic) then raw ground pumpkin seeds with olive oil and lemon , black pepper . It's a good combination.
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I would definitely guess extremely mild allergy. There is nothing in either of those that should cause any kind of mouth tingling! I assume it's safe as long as it never gets worse, although these types of things can suddenly take on a life of their own, so be careful! But they are such good greens for you I'd be hesitant to give them up if it's something you've had for years but never a more serious reaction.

I just say that because one of my coworkers developed a nut allergy over about a 2 year tme period that start out so mild it took him forever to even really suspect anything, but then got worse VERY quickly.
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I take a salad to work everyday that is spinach, kale mix and i cut up red pepper. I have never experienced that though.
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I had a friend who was allergic to bananas. They mad the roof of her mouth itch..talk about annoying!
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mmm next time I eat spinach I will see what happens if I take a claritin beforehand.

The zinc thing is interesting because, actually, I may *not* be getting enough zinc now that I look at it (we cut back meat in our diet a lot! and because of my mother's gout hardly ever eat shellfish (we love crab)) She gets vitamins but I am really trying to get all nutrition from food...We do usually eat a butternut squash every week. Why the heck are we throwing away the seeds?....

Did find this-
http://www.livestrong.com/article/351096-foods-that-cause-geographic-tongue/

and eggplant and pecans also cause a sensation for me though less extreme.

My daughter (genetics, mine?) does have mild geographic tongue (I do not but maybe it is a recessive and I have one gene if it is genetic). In any regards neither of us has anything this extreme. I do get some small bumpiness on the tip of the tongue though.

And lo and behold, our nutritional genius, Carmen (a zinc tie-in):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_tongue
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, it persisted and during a routine blood check my doctor noted a significant B12 deficiency. One of the joys of growing older and not eating much meat along with less efficient digestion.

Get my first shot tomorrow. And, yes, tingling tongue is a symptom.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Acid reflux meds cause a B12 deficiency if that applies
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