You just made yourself an amazing looking bowl of baby spinach with goat cheese, cranberries and avocado. (Good for you, eating salad.) But somewhere around bite seven, your teeth start feeling really weird.
You’re not alone. That chalky sensation is caused by the oxalic acid in the spinach reacting to the calcium in your teeth. Some people find it so annoying, scientists are actually working to create a new breed of spinach with lower levels of oxalic acid.
But until this magical new spinach hits store shelves, here’s a quick fix to try at home. Before eating, squeeze half a lemon over your spinach and toss well to dissolve the acid. Bye, chalky teeth. Hellooo, tasty salad.