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snopes 31 December 2006 02:41 AM

Pickle juice is deadly
 
Comment: This rumor is not new to me; it's actually something I have always heard since I was a child. People have always told me that drinking pickle juice would kill you. The amount of pickle juice it would take varied but usully it was understood that some poor kid probably ate the last pickle, drank the juice remaining in the jar, then keeled over.

Aud 1 31 December 2006 02:47 AM

Well it's really salty. If you have dangerously high blood pressure it could be an issue. OTOH I know people who use pickle juice rather than gatorade when exercising.

Astra 31 December 2006 02:48 AM

I've never seen it anywhere else, but at sporting events here, individually packages pickles are insanely popular at the concession stands. People eat them, then drink the juice. Haven't heard of anyone dying from it yet.

hambubba 31 December 2006 02:50 AM

Ah yes - - - death by puckering per preponderance of putrid pickled portions.

Happens all the time.

Ariadne 31 December 2006 03:00 AM

I used to drink the pickle juice right from the jar, and I am still very much alive. I can't stomach a whole jarful now, but I do have some sips of the juice when I finish the pickles. Good stuff.

I have heard of people who drink olive juice, but I can't do that.

Morrigan 31 December 2006 03:20 AM

I have a friend who craves pickle juice. She buys the jars of pickles just for the juice.

And yes, she's still alive.

Morrigan

Squishy0405 31 December 2006 03:24 AM

Maybe I should try it with pop rocks...mmm salty explosions :fish:

Canuckistan 31 December 2006 03:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Squishy0405 (Post 2751)
Maybe I should try it with pop rocks

Death will only come when you chant Bloody Mary in the bathroom immediately afterward.

Horse Chestnut 31 December 2006 03:59 AM

Well, I suppose you could electrocute yourself while building a pickle juice battery.

Doug4.7 31 December 2006 04:02 AM

Pickles in the South...
 
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Originally Posted by Astra (Post 2719)
I've never seen it anywhere else, but at sporting events here, individually packages pickles are insanely popular at the concession stands. People eat them, then drink the juice. Haven't heard of anyone dying from it yet.

It must be a "Southern" thing because they do it in my neck of the woods too. I hate pickles but work the concession stand during football season (kids in the band, band parents run the concessions), so I get to handle a lot of pickles. Yuk.

Monza305 31 December 2006 05:50 AM

Back in 2000, the sports press made a big deal about the Philidelphia Eagles Drinking pickle juice during a warm weather game in Dallas.

sparklygirl 31 December 2006 06:26 AM

I always heard the opposite
 
When I was a kid all the old timers told us it was good for when you had a belly ache - "If you have a bug that there pickle vinegar will take care of it."
But maybe it's just an Ozarks saying.

Sparklygirl

snapdragonfly 31 December 2006 01:26 PM

I had a co worker who swore by pickle juice for heartburn. It was all she took.

Alum is frequently used in pickles to give them some snap, I don't know if that's a form of aluminum like is in Rolaids so I don't know if that's why she found it effective. But it is mostly vinegar, and natural therapy folks always say a little vinegar is effective for a sour stomach, so I suspect that's why she found relief.

She's clearly still alive because she is sending me horribly annoying glurges at the rate of several a day as I am one on her lengthy "forward" list. Arrg.

mizzie 31 December 2006 02:25 PM

If this was true, me and several of my junior high friends would have been dead years ago. We all loved pickle juice and would often buy a jar each for our sleep-overs. By the end of the night, each jar would be empty of both pickles and juice.

My mom always told me I'd get sick from drinking that much vinegar, but none of us ever did.

Good stuff. It's been years since I drank the juice though... Hmm, wonder if we have any pickles. ;)

Sara@home 31 December 2006 03:12 PM

"Pickle juice" is nothing more than some combination that can include vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Depending on the salt concentration, the amount a child drank, and the age/size of the child it is conceivable that a child could consume enough salt by drinking pickle juice to cause death. A few teaspoons of salt will kill a small child.

Noemi 31 December 2006 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Sara@home (Post 2977)
"Pickle juice" is nothing more than some combination that can include vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Depending on the salt concentration, the amount a child drank, and the age/size of the child it is conceivable that a child could consume enough salt by drinking pickle juice to cause death. A few teaspoons of salt will kill a small child.

Do you know how many teaspoons exactly? I can say most of the recipes I have looked at for home canned pickles have no more than a tablespoon of salt per quart, so I guess it's possible but it would need to be three or less teaspoons. Also I think it would be hard to determine what the final salt concentration would be though since the food item that is being pickled will absorb some of the salt.

Noemi

geminilee 31 December 2006 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sara@home (Post 2977)
"Pickle juice" is nothing more than some combination that can include vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Depending on the salt concentration, the amount a child drank, and the age/size of the child it is conceivable that a child could consume enough salt by drinking pickle juice to cause death. A few teaspoons of salt will kill a small child.

It would have to be a pretty small child, or a lot of pickle juice. http://lethaldose.org/salt.html puts the lethal amount at almost half a gram per pound of body weight.

tribrats 31 December 2006 06:47 PM

I've found that it's only deadly to cucumbers.

Wet Blanket 31 December 2006 07:58 PM

I have a friend who craved pickle juice when pregnant. She would reportedly go to the grocery, buy a jar of pickles, and drain the jar of juice just as soon as she got out to the car. Both she and the baby fared just fine.

turtlechick 31 December 2006 08:42 PM

I've been drinking it for years (only if I know no one will catch me) and I'm ok. So far.



As an anecdote, years ago my best friend found out her boyfriend at the time was cheating on her. The day she moved her stuff out of their shared home, she decided to leave him a present. He loved to drink pickle juice, so she used the pickle jar in the fridge as a urinal before she left. Ah, young love.

RainyDaze 31 December 2006 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by sparklygirl (Post 2863)
When I was a kid all the old timers told us it was good for when you had a belly ache

I grew up in the Ozarks and never heard of using pickle juice to cure stomach aches. On the other hand I never heard that pickle juice could kill you either.

Lydia Oh Lydia 01 January 2007 02:22 AM

When I was a kid, I would drink the pickle juice. It sounds kind of gross now.

AnglRdr 01 January 2007 02:30 AM

I use pickle juice in tuna salad, especially the juice from bread and butter pickles. Yum!

sparklygirl 01 January 2007 02:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainyDaze (Post 3290)
I grew up in the Ozarks and never heard of using pickle juice to cure stomach aches. On the other hand I never heard that pickle juice could kill you either.

Old wives tales were everyday occurances in our family when I was growing up so maybe I just heard more than my share. ;) Although friends at school said the same about pickle juice. I don't know it to be an Ozarks saying, but wondered if it was since I never heard it anywhere else.
sparklygirl

zerocool 01 January 2007 05:21 AM

I always drink the pickle juice. I go for the 'zesty' kind, for some extra kick. As far as I can tell, I'm not dead yet.

tagurit 02 January 2007 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Morrigan (Post 2745)
I have a friend who craves pickle juice. She buys the jars of pickles just for the juice.

And yes, she's still alive.

My sil craves pickles and olives. She eats the pickles or olives, then drinks the juice from the jar. She's been doing this as long as I can remember. Last time I was over there, my brother was bringing a partial jar of olives to her. She motioned to me with the jar and said "I was craving salt." *Blech* *ptui*

wild1 02 January 2007 08:15 PM

They sale it as a sports drink here. Endorsed by one of the Dallas Cowboys no less!


http://www.goldenpicklejuice.com/

PattiBell 06 January 2007 12:55 AM

Since it is primarily vinegar and salt, that would be the consideration.
I can eat a little of a pickle, but I cannot drink the juice. My stomach DOES NOT like vinegar ANYTHING. But I don't think it is deadly.

Errata 06 January 2007 01:33 AM

Its the vinegar that really makes it overpowering. Vinegar is one of those things that tastes like it should be unhealthy, but really its not. You're not going to get lethal doses of salt from it. All the acid might give you mild indigestion or something, but your digestive system is used to a little acid.

KaiTheInvader 06 January 2007 04:10 AM

yeah, I can attest to the fact that drinking pickle juice won't kill you. my little sister has some odd habits (including eating 2 cans of family-size chicken noodle soup in one sitting on a regular basis), and one of her favorite things is drinking large jars of pickle juice. she doesn't always eat the pickles either, sometimes she'll take all of them out of the jar and pour herself glass after glass.

Wolfs Bane 06 January 2007 03:13 PM

I love to drink pickel juice as does my hubby and we're still around

WB

llewtrah 06 January 2007 04:59 PM

I use pickle juice when making salad dressings (i.e. the vinegar juice since some so-called pickles are in brine). I love the juice that comes with some types of marinated herrings.

bl76km81 07 January 2007 06:29 PM

captain pickle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 2711)
Comment: This rumor is not new to me; it's actually something I have always heard since I was a child. People have always told me that drinking pickle juice would kill you. The amount of pickle juice it would take varied but usully it was understood that some poor kid probably ate the last pickle, drank the juice remaining in the jar, then keeled over.

One night while out drinking a friend was telling me about a drink called "Captain Pickle" a shot of pickle juice and a shot of Captain Morgan Rum, she said it was good. When I was a kid, my brother would dare me to drink all kinds of nasty concotions. I figured this was the same thing.

But no, this was actually good.

On the other hand, I was out another time, with a lot of friends, including both my daughters and sil's. Someone bought me a shot of "The 3 wisemen", the 3 wisemen went down and the 12 apostles came back up...LOL

snapdragonfly 07 January 2007 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AnglRdr (Post 3469)
I use pickle juice in tuna salad, especially the juice from bread and butter pickles. Yum!

That sounds tasty.

When I make potato salad, after the potatoes are cooked and cubed but before I make the salad, I marinate the potatoes in a mixture of dill pickle juice and just a bit of sugar. I do that instead of adding vinegar and sugar to the mayonnaise. It give the potatoes flavor all the way through and is really delicious.

Signora Del Drago 07 January 2007 07:34 PM

^^ That is so nobody can see who I am.

I have been resisting the urge to post this, but I can't help it any longer.http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/481.gif

Pickle juice is indeed deadly.

My mother loved to drink it, and she's dead. As a doornail. http://www.websmileys.com/sm/sad/533.gif

snapdragonfly 07 January 2007 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Signora Del Drago (Post 10861)
^^ That is so nobody can see who I am.

I have been resisting the urge to post this, but I can't help it any longer.http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/481.gif

Pickle juice is indeed deadly.

My mother loved to drink it, and she's dead. As a doornail. http://www.websmileys.com/sm/sad/533.gif


You forgot something, dear.

:fish: :fish:

(extra fish needed to fulfill minimum post character requirements, of course...)

Signora Del Drago 07 January 2007 11:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Signora Del Drago (Post 10861)
^^ That is so nobody can see who I am.

I have been resisting the urge to post this, but I can't help it any longer.http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/481.gif

Pickle juice is indeed deadly.

My mother loved to drink it, and she's dead. As a doornail. http://www.websmileys.com/sm/sad/533.gif

Quote:

Originally Posted by snapdragonfly (Post 10864)
You forgot something, dear.

:fish: :fish:

(extra fish needed to fulfill minimum post character requirements, of course...)

Whoops! So, I did. Thanks for providing the fish.

And lest anyone be wondering, my Mother would have laughed her (_!_) off at that. We have (or did have) the same weird sense of humor.

DaGuyWitBluGlasses 08 January 2007 12:17 AM

It's possible to overdose on Vitamin C from pickle juice (although that might be only from home-made type, not sure if any commercial brands have that much vitamin c in it, a vitamin C overdose is not much to worry about, merely causing the runs, or diarrhea for more severe ODs.)

At 3 ppm, the fluoride in (one example of Dill) pickle juice is more than is to be added to water supplies, (usually around 0.7-1.5 ppm) however standards allow up to 4 ppm before its considered a contamination problem.

So i would imagine that you shouldn't drink pickle juice if you're taking fluoride supplements, or vice versa (as the supplements are not to be taken if your water supply has 0.7 ppm or more).

Izzy Quigley 08 January 2007 12:54 AM

What's the difference between the runs and diarrhea?

Anyway, about the pickle juice. My aunt, who was on dialysis for years before getting a kidney transplant, says that a lot of people liked to drink pickle juice before undergoing dialysis.

DaGuyWitBluGlasses 08 January 2007 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Izzy Quigley (Post 11260)
What's the difference between the runs and diarrhea?

The runs would jsut be poop that has too much water content in it. (Although often considered a type of diarrhea, if it's not cholera)

Diarrhea (In this case, and in more of a medical sense) would be poop with alot of mucous, or mixed with digested food that the intestines refused to absorb, i.e. it would be discoloured.

Also according to the Bristol Stool Chart, the runs might be associated with type 6 and 7, whereas diarrhea is types 5-6

Although hopefully your doctor would ask you about the colour anyway and make knowing the difference irrelevant, "runny stool" "runny discoloured stool" might make the difference in a diagnosis. (many things can cause one but not the other)


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