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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 ----> http://www.flickr.com/photos/89674084...

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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 hard...so 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.

              1. Hard pretzels. I actually broke a tooth on one in 1988.

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                  1. re: Jay F

                    Wow.... Come to think of it. I also had a very hard bread once and chipped a tiny edge off my tooth, very tiny, but definitely chipped it.

                    1. re: Jay F

                      Broke a molar on a large hard sourdough pretzel a few years ago at work. A year later, I did the same exact thing, but on the other side of my mouth. And I still eat those pretzels. Can't help it, they're TASTY.

                    2. Like some already mentioned..taffy or hard caramels. More of a hassle than anything else!

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                      1. re: rockability

                        Lidl in England recently had a lot of Sodergarden products, Finnish.

                        All were delicious, especially the Skan Crisp.

                        I bought a packet of 'Roto Crisp' 500gr Rye flatbread each disk the size of a dinner plate, with a hole in the middle brittle and hard is the word. I had no plaque left on my teeth after a salad lunch and this bread.

                        It did taste good though.

                      2. Corn Nuts Their development was underwritten by the Dental Association to drum up business.

                        1. Cracking pinion nuts with my teeth. Used to do it as a kid. Ouch!

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                            1. re: srsone

                              No, like the nuts in a rack and pinion steering column. That metal just kills my gnoshers! Just kidding- pinon. Unfortunately I don't have the sqiggly line to put over the middle "N". I guess I was phoenetically correct though!

                              1. re: LorenM

                                yea ..i was going to say those would be a little hard on your teeth...unless you have teeth like the guy in the james bond movies...

                          1. Chinese dried cuttlefish snacks.

                            I used to love them as a kid. But nowadays, eating them is sort of like trying to floss with thick rubberbands.

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                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I find theres a coupla different kinds or brands of dried cuttlefish - some hard, others softer. I enjoy the softer brands.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                My vet actually recommended those for one of our cats, to clean his teeth.

                              2. Kettle-style potato chips. Of course, the Cape Cod ones are everywhere in MA. Bummer.

                                1. Jelly Bellies. My hub loves them. They're murder on my teeth.

                                  1. That sugared coconut sold by street vendors. After the first few pieces, my jaw is ready to hit the showers.

                                    1. Pomegranate. Getting out those seeds to eat is too hard.

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                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                        Good one! All that work for almost no reward.

                                      2. Lime tostitos. Why are they so massive?

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                                        1. re: Isolda

                                          Well, the issue I have for tostitos isn't the texture, but sometime small pieces can get between my gum and my teeth. Ouch. It can stay there for days.

                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            I have that problem with popcorn hulls. Hurts so bad but hasn't stopped me from eating at least one bowl each day even though when I get a particularly bad one under my gums I usually vow to never eat popcorn again...

                                        2. i chipped a tooth on a frozen m&m in a mcdonalds flurry once...

                                          1. JuJuBes (although they sure are good)! Used to ALWAYS get them in the movies when I was a kid.

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                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                Well...I love Mike & Ikes (basically the same thing as a Hot Tamale - except not cinnamon), so I power through them (and Dots as well)...

                                                1. re: jbsiegel

                                                  Mike and Ikes are I think my favorite candy. I don't find them hard on my teeth though.

                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                    No - me either. More the sticky stuff that gets stuck on my teeth for a while!

                                            1. Springerle cookies. A specialty of my paternal grandmother.

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                                              1. re: MelMM

                                                ? They are? I must try some to see for myself.

                                              2. Valentine's Day conversation heart candies. Honestly, if they're not hard as a rock, I'm a little suspicious.

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                                                1. re: Terrieltr

                                                  Yes, I think those candies must be properly aged before being offered for sale to the public. ;)

                                                2. I broke a (admittedly weak) tooth on a cheeto hard cheesie once (it was either that or a Hawkin's, can't fully remember). For a long time I wouldn't touch them but they called me back :D That one cost me a $$$$ dental bill, and I now have a crown there.

                                                  I've had wasabi peas come close to cracking my teeth I'm sure, same goes for corn nuts. Still can't resist them.

                                                  1. Besides the types of candy and hard pretzels (my addiction to Snyders honey mustard pieces wound up being very expensive) already mentioned above, I mourn especially the loss of beef jerkey. I really *loved* jerkey.

                                                    I guess peanut brittle gets an honorable mention as well.

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                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                      hmm... when i was 19 and working my first office job, we had loads of beef jerky and snyder's honey mustard pretzels in the office kitchen. i used to actually STACK jerky on the pretzels and eat them together. what i wouldn't give for my youthful teeth...

                                                    2. I also have a horrible habbit of chomping on any kind of hard candy. Sometimes, when I bite a Jolly Rancher, I'm CERTAIN that my teeth are going to practically disintegrate!