Food Myths


Atlas Obscura asked its readers to send in the most memorable food myths they’d ever heard. Here are some of the responses

Cut off the tips of cucumbers and rub them against the rest of the cucumber to remove the poison.

Reheated spinach produces dangerous levels of nitrate that could kill you.

If you eat mushrooms late in the day, you’ll have crazy dreams that night.

Eating carrots will improve your vision.

A hot potato placed on the head will cure a headache.

You should not drink milk when eating tomatoes

Cherries and milk are poison.

If you drink milk while you have a fever it will curdle in your stomach.

You can’t eat raw oysters and drink vodka at the same time.

Eating your sandwich crusts will make your hair grow curly.

It’s dangerous to eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough and go outside in the heat. The dough will cook in your stomach and your stomach will expand.

Sauerkraut detects pregnancy. My grandmother used to find out if her daughter-in-laws or potential daughter-in-laws were pregnant by having them drink sauerkraut juice. If they were pregnant it would make them sick.

A loaf of bread placed upside-down is bad luck.

Never eat persimmons and crab together or you will die.

Tapping a soda can stops it from fizzing over.

French fries take two weeks to digest

Specks in vanilla ice cream are actually dirt.

The balls in tapioca pudding are actually fish eyes.”

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