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Mar 3, 2011 06:13 PM

Foods too Hard to eat?

I am sure most of us have refused to eat something because it is too hot, too salty, too sour, too fattening, ... etc, but have you refused to eat something because it is too hard on your teeth?

Yes, no, don't remember?

In today society, I don't expect this happens very often, and I don't remember any specific cases for myself. However, I am pretty sure I have refused to eat something due to the hardness. I will say, most recently, I almost gave up chewing my cane sugar because I bought some really hard ones.

:) This is not me. I just want to illustrate "chewing cane sugar"

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  1. Yep, one food item immediately came to mind -- and that is the prized skin of a roasted pork shoulder aka PERNIL. I've had many occasions at restaurants where the pig skin was as tough as chewing on a football, but the funny thing is, people like it that way! I've also taken this food out of my rotation because it sticks to your molars big time.

    Here's a footballer pic now ---->

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      I don't really eat much popcorn these days. It's not worth the fifteen minutes of flossing afterwards.

      1. re: Cheese Boy

        Something similar, pork cracklins. Love these things, but they KILL my teeth.

      2. Beans... they make my teeth feel soft.

        1. Anything crispy / crunchy. Some cuts of meat such as London Broil or Tri-Tip are too tough for me.

          1. 'Mary Janes', a penny candy which is peanut butter in VERY chewy taffy, Over the years it cost me 2 molars, thus now totally verboten

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              There was a time that my mom forbid me from eating Sugar Daddys. Don't know how many baby teeth were pulled by those suckers.

              Stopped eating raw dried pasta because it hurt my teeth.

              Sometimes I wish I had the jaw strength of a hyena so I could chomp on bones for the marrow.

              1. re: viperlush

                I don't eat taffy/hard caramels because I do have one crown and doc said:" do NOT, I repeat do NOT eat any turkish taffy or hard caramels." so, I'm very careful.

                Almonds...the Blue Diamond plain unsalted almonds are very I soak them in water, saw Dr. Oz do that and have read that it increases their enzymes and also makes them easier to chew and therefore digest (because they are softened by soaking). But I *adore* the Blue Diamond low sodium ones that are for some reason MUCH easier to chew unsoaked...nom nom nom! Not all places sell the low-sodium ones....

            2. Nature Valley granola bars unless they've changed the formula since the last time I had one several years ago.