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Old 04-25-2011, 11:54 AM   #11
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Vomiting immediately after eating something is not a sign of food poisoning. Its a gag reflex.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:18 PM   #12
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This is interesting.
So this can happen to limes, but not lemons?

I mean the bitterness, not the gag reflex, lol.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:26 PM   #13
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Old lemons can get bitter. Lemon pith is bitter.

But I think limes tend to get more bitter than lemons.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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Old lemons can get bitter. Lemon pith is bitter.

But I think limes tend to get more bitter than lemons.
Good info.
I usually just use the juice from a lime, but if I ever get the inkling to slice one and put it on something I'll be sure to taste it first. I do this with lemons and have either been lucky or the bitterness was lost amongst the other flavors and not as strong.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:08 PM   #15
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Vomiting immediately after eating something is not a sign of food poisoning. Its a gag reflex.
That's where my confusion came from. DD vomited. She ate a few bites of the food, then played with it for a while, then when we tried to get her to eat more, she got fussy. We thought she was just distracted because we were sitting on the floor picnic style and because the fish didn't taste that great. So we made her eat another bite anyway & she vomited. I figured she was just more sensitive to the bitterness than we are. Gagging is a fairly common reaction to bitterness. I remember from physiology, they said in some people the reflex has held on and associated it with a protective reflex, as most naturally-found poisons are bitter in flavor. I figured that was all it was, especially since she was jumping, laughing, and playing only a few minutes later, but then a little while later DH and I started feeling sick.

I think the lime was the cause of the stomach ache, too, because after tasting the lime peel earlier, my stomach has been a bit upset. How strange...
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:31 PM   #16
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Without being too indelicate here, someone mentioned that limes are a digestive. Um...that would account for the tummy issues. Lime might stimulate your digestive tract to move more quickly than normal, causing pain. Just a thought.

As for how to tell what is going to be bitter or not, the juice will usually be fine, as will the zest. The PITH is the bitter nasty stuff. If you can avoid getting any hint of it in your dish you should be fine. When you are zesting citrus you must be very careful not to get any of the white stuff at all. Apparently you need to be doubly careful with limes. This has worked for me so hopefully it will help you too.
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There is another factor with bitter. Super tasters taste bitter a lot more than normal tasters and non-tasters. ~25% of people are super tasters.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:56 PM   #18
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i thought it was a lot less, taxy. like around 10%.

thank god i'm not one. it sounds great but it's akin to having the ability to sense smells like a dog. you can smell poop from a mile away.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:06 PM   #19
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i thought it was a lot less, taxy. like around 10%.

thank god i'm not one. it sounds great but it's akin to having the ability to sense smells like a dog. you can smell poop from a mile away.
Better than tasting it a mile away.
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i thought it was a lot less, taxy. like around 10%.

thank god i'm not one. it sounds great but it's akin to having the ability to sense smells like a dog. you can smell poop from a mile away.
I just recently did some googling. I would have thought it was around 10% too.

But, dogs don't mind the smell of poop. I think that to them it's like us having colour vision. I don't really dislike most colours, they're just colours. Maybe for a dog, they are just smells.
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