Category Archives: The Great Pine Nut Mystery

Pine Nut Syndrome Thesis Completed!

Hello readers! My 150-page pine nut thesis is finally completed and it has been a huge success šŸ™‚ Thank you all for your contributions to this research: the provision of bitter samples, scientific expertise, industry information, pine nut growing experience, … Continue reading

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Research Update: Pine Nut Species and Varieties

Thesis progress I am currently 90% through with the data analysis and 20% through with writing this nutty thesis. Firstly, a big thanks to you all for your valuable contributions to this website and research! I’m fighting really tight deadlines … Continue reading

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Research Updates: 06/03/11

I have been receiving quite a few emails recently inquiring about the progress of this pine nut research, and then I realized that it has indeed been some time since my last post! Time really flies when it gets busy, … Continue reading

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New Journal Publication in Journal of Toxicology!

Good news from the earlier researchers of the pine nut syndrome: the scientistsĀ of the Belgian Poisons Centre who first reported the syndrome in 2001 [Abstract here] and the scientistsĀ of the Nestle Research Centre who developed the method for botanical identification … Continue reading

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Updated Pine Nut Species Page

Demand for pine nuts is growing rapidly, too rapidly for supplies to catch up. But as long as consumers are wanting to buy the product, supermarkets, distributors and suppliers are pressured in turn to deliver the pine nuts at reasonable … Continue reading

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Pine Nut Species + Update: 05/12/10

I have received 40 problem samples (5 countries) and >200 survey responses (21 countries!!) to date. TWENTY ONE COUNTRIES, and I haven’t even reached out to the non-English-speaking ones. While US, Canada and Europe have been on the board for … Continue reading

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New Case Report: The American Journal of Medicine

This morning I have just discovered a new case report on the Pine Nut Syndrome. While there are no answers yet (yes we are all tired of hearing this), each new mentionĀ in a medical journal means that more doctors can … Continue reading

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The Mystery Grows – Call for Support!

IF ONLY solving the mystery were as simple as collecting the pine nut samples that DID cause bitterness and comparing them to pine nut samples that DID NOT cause bitterness. Two weeks ago, I ate 3g (40 seeds) from a … Continue reading

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The Ones to Avoid

I have recently been alerted of a large-scale French study of which the results were released in a report just a few days ago. It was really nice to know that there is indeed ongoing work on this problem! You … Continue reading

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I think I might have pine mouth…

One of the few hypotheses that I am trying to figure out now (thanks to the advice of several pine mouth sufferers) is that bitter sensitivity could play a role in whether one experiences severe / mild / no symptoms … Continue reading

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