Why Pineapple Burns The Tongue And Mouth + How To Prevent It

Have you ever eaten pineapple and wondered why pineapple burns your tongue and mouth?

pineapplePineapple is a delicious, nutritious and refreshing healthy treat during a hot summer day. The fruit is thought to have originated in South American and was actually first discovered by the Europeans in the year 1492 on the island of Guadeloupe.

The pineapple did not make it to England, however, until the late 1600’s. It quickly became one of the fruits of choice for wealthy families. In fact, back then, pineapple was worth about $8,000 per fruit. Because of this, pineapple became a symbol of social status.

As delicious as pineapple is in meals or in smoothies, some people experience a strange sensation when they eat pineapple. Even after a few pieces, some people will experience a strange, scratchy, rough, almost burning feeling on the tongue and mouth. So what is going on?

Why Pineapple Burns Your Mouth And Tongue

woman, tongue, sticking outAs it turns out, pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that is to blame for this sensation. Although this enzyme is extremely anti-inflammatory, for those who have sensitive skin this is the reasons behind why eating pineapple burns the mouth.

This enzyme is actually breaking down proteins and amino acids in your mouth, causing the tissues to become sore and inflamed. This same bromelain is used in cooking to tenderize meat for the same reason. But don’t worry, your tongue and mouth will rebuild these proteins and amino acids, so the effects are not permanent.


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So How Do You Avoid This?

Cooking and heating pineapple actually helps to deactivate the enzyme so it won’t cause this burning effect. Canned pineapple also will not cause any burning as the bromelain is deactivated due to processing. Just make sure to by BPA-free canned pineapple.

Looking for a burn free way to enjoy pineapple? Try this recipe! 

Carrot Pineapple Muffins

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Carrot Pineapple Muffins (Vegetarian)
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There's no reason to omit muffins from your diet with this recipe! These vegetarian carrot pineapple muffins are perfect as part of your breakfast or for a quick mid-morning or afternoon snack!
Servings Prep Time
9 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
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Carrot Pineapple Muffins (Vegetarian)
BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list
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There's no reason to omit muffins from your diet with this recipe! These vegetarian carrot pineapple muffins are perfect as part of your breakfast or for a quick mid-morning or afternoon snack!
Servings Prep Time
9 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 muffins 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees & grease or line muffin tin
  2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients & fold in carrots & pineapple.
  3. Use a large ice cream or cookie scoop to fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown & toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

1 Serving = 3 STARCH + 0.5 MEAT + 1 FRUIT

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Did you know the reasons pineapple burns the mouth and tongue? Does this happen to you? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share on social media!


Angelique Johnson
Angelique Johnson
Owner at Nutrition by Angelique
Angelique Johnson, BS, NDTR is a Miami-based nutritionist who is excited to help others live healthier lives through good nutrition. She loves fitness, writing, blogging, cooking, and eating delicious foods.

A self-proclaimed chocolate-fanatic, she prides herself in being able to show others that there are no "bad foods," only "bad habits."

She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics candidate. Her plans include starting her PhD in the summer of 2016. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and French bulldog, Mingus.

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References:

  1. http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:ijab&volume=25&issue=1&article=001
  2. http://www.jbc.org/content/244/18/4852.short
  3. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Bromelain.asp?sitearea=ETO
  4. http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/cgi-bin/omd?proteases
  5. http://vegmad.org/ksheets/pineapple.html


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