It’s an affliction I know all too well. Last summer, it required me to turn to yellow tomatoes for gazpacho, just to get some less-acidic relief. There was, in fact, a point when my mouth was getting so bad I could barely open it. This saved all the Iowa natives from listening to me whine and moan about the winter, of course, but that’s really the only benefit I can see from the experience.
“I’ve done some research online,” said the coworker. “Some say to put it with other food, olive oil, or else stop eating them. But I don’t want to stop. I just want to be able to keep eating raw tomatoes.”
The fact is, no one should have to stop. The tomato season is so fleeting, as far as I’m concerned, and it is such a long stretch until it comes around again. So some remedies – preferably ones that don’t involve drinking sauerkraut juice – are in order.
While I never found any of the same theories online that my coworker found (thereby proving that Google skills are an art, not a science), I did find an awful lot of evidence that canker sores might be triggered by acidic foods like tomatoes, but, in actuality, are caused by a nutritional imbalance. That seems crazy to me, seeing how everything I eat in the summer is pretty much straight out of the ground or from the farmer’s market, and therefore I think of it as totally nutritious.
(OK, maybe the walking taco I scored from the Nacho Taco stand on the way home from seeing one of my new favorite local bands play does not count as highly nutritious, but the farmer’s market wasn’t going to open until 7:30 a.m., and I wasn’t planning to stay awake quite that long…)
However, what I’ve been reading is that calcium and vitamin B-12 deficiencies are some of the root causes of canker sores. Although B-12 is available in many animal products, including meat, seafood, eggs and milk, fortified breakfast cereal is apparently also an excellent source. And calcium, well, can be easily acquired through milk.
So, to my coworker, I have this advice: Take advantage of the free cereal bar that our company provides to us as one of our many perks. Pour up a bowl. Drink the milk when you’re done eating. And then go back to eating those cherry tomatoes by the bagful. Soon enough, the season will be over and we’ll be wishing we had such problems.