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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.

              1. I think it has to do with mixing seafood and dairy...although not at all true.

                Food myths of certain cultures can be very far out there. I know a lot of Mexicans that believe if you eat seafood and drink milk, you'll get leprosy...yes, LEPROSY! LOL

                I was at a girlfiend's house one time where her mom made some ceviche. I got up and poured a glass of milk to have and she went ballistic! "NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!" Grabbing the glass from my hands and immediately poured it down the drain.

                No amount of reasoning with her worked. Funny as hell.

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                1. re: Novelli

                  Funny as hell.
                  damn straight. i laughed out loud at your post :)

                2. Crab and ice cream won't make you sick. The cold, leftover hot wings I just had for breakfast after drinking a bunch of beer and bourbon last night on the other hand....Kinda sketchy- they just might make me sick in a few. I'll keep you posted on my, um, research. Burp!

                  1. if that were true, most of the populations (AND the tourists) of any seaside resort in the world would have expired long ago.

                    1. i think that only happens if you put hot fudge sauce on top *L*. and eat it as a crab sundae

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                        1. I dunno. Just reading the thread title made me a little queasy.

                          1. Absolutely nonsense.

                            A crab sandwich for lunch, followed by ice cream is one of the joys of visiting the seaside in summer. In fact, it's a compulsory lunch IMO.

                            1. Im from sc, we hear this saying all the time and it is very true. We eat whole crabs, not just "legs" or crab cakes. I have done this thinking it was a myth and got horribly sick. Twice actually. We cooked crabs, about two dozen, and ate them, then about 6 hour later i had a frosty. I was thowing up and defecating at the same time with cold sweats. I denied that was the reason until i did it again months later with the same result. Fresh whole crabs and ice cream will get you sick. Crab cakes and fake seafood from red lobster wont do anything to you

                              1. if so, then Cafe Juanita, one of Seattle's best restaurants, is poisoning people on a regular basis. On my last visit, my starter was "Fresh Alaskan King Crab with Green Apple Sorbetto and Crab Butter Powder." It was heavenly.

                                1. More than a few people around here believe that drinking milk and eating fish together is harmful. No idea where it came from

                                  1. I don't really like ice cream but if eating crabs made me sick, I would gladly suffer. That is a bizarre myth. Never heard it. Hmm. There's bacon ice cream. Why not crab ice cream?