Why Pineapple Cause Irritation In Your Mouth? Did You Feel It?
Speaking of mouths, have you ever noticed how pineapple can make your tongue and cheeks feel all itchy and rough?
The elite of the world so upset about pineapple becoming an accessible commodity that they put a curse on the fruit?
No, the answer is a bit more scientific than that.
Bromelain is known as “the pineapple enzyme” because – yup, you guessed it – it is primarily found in the oddly-shaped fruit.
It’s an awesome enzyme that provides pineapple with many positive effects, including anti-inflammation, anti-aging and pain relief.
In fact, bromelain is even sold as a supplement that can help your body fight cancer, digestive disorders, injury, asthma, allergies, sinus infections and even joint pain.
When it comes into contact with sensitive skin, like the skin in your mouth, bromelain causes a breakdown in protein that leads to soreness.
In other words, when you eat a pineapple, it eats you back.
Can you eat pineapple without the soreness?
Yes, of course! There are 2 methods:
- One method is to lightly grill the pineapple, which will kill the bromelain and stop it from trying to `eat` your mouth.
- You can also attack the bromelain by adding some salt to the pineapple once you’ve cut it. This will also make it taste a whole lot sweeter.
- If you like the taste of fresh pineapple and want to avoid cooking it or adding anything, another way to reduce that raw, tingling sensation in your mouth is to cut the pineapple properly, removing the core entirely.
- The core and skin contain most of the fruit’s bromelain, so by removing those, you leave yourself with consequence-free awesomeness!