“Don’t Eat Potatoes and Eggs Together” – and in China, She Wasn’t Alone in This Belief – Pub’d on WWAM BAM

The group blog WWAM BAM just published my post “Don’t Eat Potatoes and Eggs Together” – and in China, She Wasn’t Alone in This Belief. Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Many years ago here in China, I remember sitting down to lunch with the wife of my husband’s cousin on a sultry summer day. Surrounded by the tempting aromas of the many delicacies covering the table, we invariably turned our thoughts – and the conversation – to food.

I still don’t remember exactly how we stumbled upon the idea of foods you should and shouldn’t eat. But somehow, the topic surfaced in our friendly chat at the table. And that’s when she began pointing out some curious combinations of foods you should never, ever eat together. Including one suggestion that, to me, was baffling.

“Don’t eat potatoes and eggs together,” she said, explaining that the combination was supposedly harmful to your health.

She might as well have been wagging her finger at me and my entire family in America, not to mention entire countries in the West. ….

I had yet to perish from my allegedly “hazardous” egg and potato dishes. And as far as I could tell, the entire country of Spain was doing just fine, with no plans to suddenly cancel one of their most beloved foods. How was it possible that biting into a potato omelette would put your life at risk?

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  • April 7, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    Growing up, I remembered being annoyed by my mother’s beliefs of being “hot” and “cold” when it comes to consuming certain kinds of food. Eating too much beef (somehow pork and chicken are just fine) would make it too “hot” for one’s health and would need a balancing by taking in “cold” items such as cucumbers and night blooming squashes. She also alluded to the fact that drinking veggie soup would also cool thing down, hence we always had such soup during lunch and dinner. Of course, she believed that taking in spices such as black pepper would also increase the “hotness” in a human body. I personally think that in her upbringing, such unscientific myths were probably passed along as traditional gospel truth. After I left home for college and never had to endure those restrictions further, nothing bad health-wise was observed in my disregarding her precautions, and I’m still relishing the freedom from such superstitions.

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    • April 8, 2018 at 9:46 am
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      Thanks for the comment Dan! I have heard about foods being too “hot” or “cold” over here as well.

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  • April 12, 2018 at 8:29 am
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    I know it’s not regarding food, but when living in Shanghai, I got scolded by the Chinese grannies MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY about my baby not wearing socks. “Your baby will get diarrhea!”

    I was like, it’s 115 degrees not counting humidity…I am not putting socks on my baby! Cultural differences 😉 Of course, I disagreed politely and respectfully!

    I have also heard don’t combine daikon and carrots? In soups?

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