Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carrots and Hiccups

Anyone else out there get hiccups every time they eat raw carrots?



This has happened to me ever since I was a very young child. Carrot sticks = hiccups is just part of my routine. Celery sticks do not cause hiccups. Nor do any other fresh veggies. Grated carrots don't either. Nor do cooked ones. But one bite of a raw carrot has me reaching for the water for my get rid of hiccups quick trick that I mastered decades ago.

Most people think the whole carrot hiccup thing is odd.

My mother does not.

Because she has the exact same issue with them and has as long as she can remember too.

No one else in the family does. Just the two of us. So we laugh and take comfort in the fact that, if we're crazy, at least we're crazy together.

The other day I cut myself some carrot sticks and celery sticks for an afternoon snack. One bite of the carrot stick and the hiccups started. I got rid of them with my drinking water trick and then headed off to the couch with the rest of my snack. It occurred to me as I reached for my iPad to continue my magazine that perhaps I should do some internet research to see what's up with this whole carrot hiccup thing.

Guess what I learned?

1. I learned that there are a whole bunch of people out there who get hiccups from eating raw carrots. No other veggies. Just raw carrots. And by a bunch I mean like a whole bunch.

2. I learned that there is no obvious answer as to why this happens. It is not a carrot allergy - that much I concluded. A few websites said that we are eating the carrots too quickly but I know that, for myself anyway, even when I pay attention and chew slowly, I still get the hiccups on the first bite. I know I am only an n of one but there were others who seemed to think that this hypothesis was horsepoop too.

3. I also learned that one woman started a website as a support group for people who get hiccups from raw carrots so that they could feel less alone. I read through the comments and every single person wrote something along the lines of "Omigod I thought I was the only one".

So guess what I did?

I called my mom of course.

And told her that we were not crazy.

29 comments:

  1. I hiccup when I eat spicy peppers--though I think this might be more common occurrence than hiccuping from carrots. I'm not sure how carrots affect me, because I won't eat them. When I'm asleep and have a dry-mouth, my dreams are all about choking on carrots. :-)

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  2. My mom and I thought we were the only ones!

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  3. I wonder for how many other people this seems to be hereditary? My mom and I both have this problem, although she has it far worse than I do. I've seen a lot of comments on the net about this seeming to run in families.

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  4. Just ate one small cooked carrot-and guess what-instant hiccups!!! Nothing else causes this-but carrots-always!!!

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  5. I've been doing it for years. How silly... Everyone laughs at me cause I eat them anyhow! Just drink a glass of water and that seems to fix it!

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  6. Oh my God, me toooo! Every time! Why????

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  7. I am eating carrots right now and started to hiccup so I decided to finally look up if I'm the only person on this planet that has the same reaction.
    I am very pleased to have come across many pages like this one, that reassured me that I am not alone. WHEW!!!

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  8. Every. Single. Time. and do they laugh at me? Yes. Every. Single. Time. I've never known a single other person with this affliction until today! Thank you, internet!

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  9. I have the same exact issue. People told me to stop eating carrots, but I like them! I thought it was a fluke the first time, but after it continued to happen I figured I better look into this a bit further. I do not eat them fast. I do not swallow any additional air with a carrot, I eat the same way with all foods. I even tried taking a smaller bite, chewing it up really fine in my mouth and it still had the same affect. Glad to know I am not alone!

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  10. I have the same exact issue. People told me to stop eating carrots, but I like them! I thought it was a fluke the first time, but after it continued to happen I figured I better look into this a bit further. I do not eat them fast. I do not swallow any additional air with a carrot, I eat the same way with all foods. I even tried taking a smaller bite, chewing it up really fine in my mouth and it still had the same affect. Glad to know I am not alone!

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  11. So glad to see this blog! I googled "why do raw carrots make me..." and the word hiccup came up. Except mine isn't hiccups it's seriously painful trapped air in my esophagus that sometimes makes me sort of like barf and salivate and all kinds of run to the bathroom things. When it's over I'm very glad but it takes a while. Well I only just finally made the connection, but then doubted myself and ate a carrot this morning and there it was again. I'm done! Mine will be cooked from here on out.

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  12. This is an important issue, how do we get
    on the scientific research list? Although it is a great excuse not to have to eat raw carrots.

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  13. Hiccuping right now!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thank you! My mom and I are also in the raw carrot hiccup category!

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  15. So happy to find that I am not alone! :) thanks for sharing

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  16. I have this issue with raw carrots, turnip, and cauliflower, but not when they are cooked.

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  17. I get hiccups when I eat dry bread, carrots and apples. It's so frustrating but not enough for me to stop eating them.

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  18. Amazing that no one has the answer for why. I also have had this from as long as I can remember and just with raw carrots. I'm sure someone could get some research money to check this out.

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  19. And I translated hiccup and carrot from the Dutch word "hik" and "wortel" and how funny what I found. The supportgroup. I wanted to stop the hiccup ofcourse. By the way I also have type 1 diabetes. I still eat carrots. Regards from the Netherlands, Marijke

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  20. OMG - Add me to the list! Every time I bring them to work for snack or lunch hiccups begin with the first bite and my co-workers start laughing and say "Noreen must be eating carrots"! Glad to know I'm not the only one! Noreen

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  21. Thank you... I'm not alone! My whole office thinks it's hysterical when I hiccup but it hurts. Literally, it hurts

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  22. I mentioned to my mum last night that it drives me crazy, I eat raw carrots and hiccup she said "So do I", it was great to see on the internet that I was not the only one. As soon as Im finished the carrots the hiccups stop.

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  23. Brought carrots to snack on and forgot about the hiccup thing until the first bite! Then remembered that it always happens so, naturally, I googled it. Glad I'm not alone!

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  24. I get hiccups also upon eating raw carrots...and as soon as I quit eating them...my hiccups go away so it's no big deal! I was just curious as to why this happens and that is how I came across this web site. Nice to know there are many of us out there!

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  25. I only hiccup once after the first bite.....

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  26. Yep Definitely not alone, just last night hiccup fit for my raw baby carrot addiction. Well I guess its the small price to pay for a healthy snack.

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  27. Well well!! Very interesting! I start hiccuping on the first bite sometimes. But, 100% of the time I'll hiccup for a half hour or so. I'm dieting and love to munch on those Petite carrots.
    I'd love to know WHY?!?!?!?

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