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Mar 19, 2011 10:50 AM

Does eating crabs and ice cream make you sick

I've always heard eating crabs and ice cream the same day can make you deathly ill. Does anyone know if thats true. Thanks.

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  1. I'm sure I've eaten crabs and ice cream on the same day at least once, and I'm still here. Here's a long discussion about these types of myths:

    And then there's this:

    And this:

    And this:

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    1. re: small h

      Nope. Ate crab legs followed by ice cream just last night, along with two other people. We're all rockin' in the free world today. Who comes up with this silly nonsense and what's the "scientifical" basis for it?

      1. re: small h

        Wow, this is actually a thing people contemplate. Unless you have gall bladder issues, I can't imagine eating crabs and ice cream in combination would be anything other than a indulgent, yummy day of eating.

      2. you've "always" heard this? from whom?

        as small h & whosyerkitty have already said, it's absolutely not true...and you can usually research [and debunk] these things pretty easily.

        as far as food myths go, this one strikes me as particularly bizarre, because why *just* ice cream, yet no other dairy- or custard-based product? i'd say that the people who come up with these silly claims have far too much time on their hands, but perhaps not, because they clearly didn't think this one through ;)

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Maybe someone told their kids this when they were at the shore. After a meal of crabs they didn't want to spend the money on ice cream cones so they said the two together would make the kids sick. Wouldn't put it past some parents.

          1. re: escondido123

            interesting theory! my parents learned very early on not to bother trying that stuff on me. i was such an inquisitive kid that it would have been more trouble than it was worth for them to come up with an acceptably convincing explanation...easier just to let me have the ice cream :)

        2. My family used to spend summers at the beach in California. At least once a week we'd have crab in some form followed by ice cream for dessert. This went on for years. If your "I've always heard...." was true, we'd all be deathly ill many times over.

          This is pure bunk. If you begin to think about how often shellfish is served with dairy you will laugh out loud. However started this doozie deserves a spot in the "Dumb Myths" Hall of Fame.

          1. Perhaps if you are lactose intolerant and have a shellfish allergy.
            Otherwise, I don't think this combo would make you sick unless you overindulged in both. But overindulging in any food can make you sick.

            1. Thanks, The "always heard" was from my youth so either my grandmother and some other relative. I would have tried it but it was probably from someone I really trusted and with my unlucky health issues the deathly ill part scared me.
              I can't wieght for crab season and some ice cream for desert.