Does Celery Make Your Mouth Feel Numb?
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Sharon E. July 28, 2019
I definitely experience mouth numbing from eating raw celery, though, I haven’t noticed it with having eaten cooked celery.
Rennée M. January 20, 2021
This is common in fruits and veggies once cooked. My aunt is the same
Eric D. June 3, 2019
I recently have made celery a regular part of my diet and because of this noticed the numbness sensation every time. How is it that I am 52 and only now noticing? Crazy. I'll need to experiment. I don't get the numbness when cooked with other foods. I only get it when I eat it fresh.
Jessica B. May 26, 2019
I've noticed it before but today it was really strong. First bite made half my mouth numb. Maybe because I'm currently having an allergic reaction to poison ivy. Guess it heightened my sensitivity. Eating celery with ranch helps. Probably because of the oil creating a barrier in your mouth.
Becky H. February 20, 2018
I came across this article because I wanted to see if others had this experience. I also react the same to fennel. I have been having weird neurological symptoms with both. Like dizziness, feeling like you are going to pass out. Cilantro tastes like dish soap too. Weird.
Sherry B. November 9, 2017
I've experienced this with very dark, intense celery, typically the outer ribs. Less so with the paler, more tender inner ribs. It's not been unpleasant, exactly, but it's nice to find out why it occurs, so thank you!
Jennifer A. November 7, 2017
Yes! It's nice to know that this is a real thing (I thought I was just been particular). The numbness is a pretty unpleasant feeling, and besides that, it also affects the taste of everything you eat after it - sort of the same as artichokes do. I have found that peeling the stringy ribs off the stalks helps minimize the celery side effects a bit
Henry November 6, 2017
YES! I always thought this is just what celery does for everyone--it makes your mouth go numb. You never go around talking to people about celery.
ChefJune November 6, 2017
I have never experienced that phenomenon. But then, I get a soapy metallic taste in my mouth when I (try to) eat cilantro, so I surely do understand how "stuff" can happen to some people.
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