Pineapple is a unique-looking fruit that’s nonetheless packed with vitamins and minerals. It reduces inflammation, strengthens our bones, and boosts our immune system. If you enjoy eating pineapple, you may be surprised to learn this fruit can cause several beneficial or unwanted side effects.
Keep reading to learn more about the surprising side effects of eating pineapple.
Itching, Swelling, and Hives
If you’re experiencing these symptoms after consuming pineapple, you are most likely having an allergic reaction. Pineapples contain natural rubber latex, which is a common allergen. If you’re allergic to latex gloves, sanitary napkins, or rubber toys, you shouldn’t eat or touch pineapples.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme found both in the fruit and the stem. Bromelain is known for its ability to reduce pain and swelling, especially in gums and sinuses. Also, it can interfere with the growth of cancer cells.
But people sensitive to this compound could experience diarrhea and vomiting when ingesting pineapple. Keep in mind that bromelain is often extracted and sold in the form of food supplements and topicals, which could also cause a reaction.
Bromelain also has meat tenderizing properties. This is why you may experience mouth, tongue, and lip tenderness after eating large amounts of pineapple.
We recommend cooking pineapple to break down bromelain and avoid these side effects. Also, don’t consume raw pineapple from the stem because those parts contain the highest amount of bromelain.
Be Careful When Consuming Pineapple
Although these side effects are rare, it’s always better to be cautious, especially if you don’t consume pineapple often. To ensure you’re not sensitive or allergic to any of its compounds, it’s best to eat only a small amount at first and increase the amount you eat gradually.