When was the last time you ate a pineapple? Okay. Let me put it this way. How often do you eat pineapples? And how many?
Hold on if you think all these are nonsensical questions. Because they are not.
Even I was initially stunned like the way you are now. Like every other person I considered pineapples to be the best of the best fruits. I thought they were those species from nature with near perfect qualities.
But later I realized how wrong I was.
I do agree that pineapple is one beautiful fruit. But like the other fruits, it does have its share of side effects in case you consume it in excess.
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Side Effects Of Pineapple
Want to know about pineapple side effects? Please sit back and read on.
Consumption of pineapples can lead to allergic reactions in a few people.
Pineapple has ‘meat-tenderizing’ properties. And these are what cause the fruit to trigger allergic reactions (1). Mostly these reactions would resolve within a few hours by themselves. But if not, then a medical practitioner should be consulted immediately.
Excessive tenderness or swelling on the lips, a tingling sensation in the throat.
2. Blood Sugar Levels
This is one of the serious side effects of pineapple. Pineapples have been found to heighten blood sugar levels. This obviously does pose complications.
Pineapples are one of those fruits whose natural sugars are very high. And because of this, they elevate blood sugar levels in our body (2). Most fruits contain carbohydrates and these can also raise the blood sugar levels. ½ cup of pineapple has 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Headaches, increased thirst and frequent urination (3).
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3. Bromelain Reactions
Bromelain is an enzyme found in the pineapple juice and stem. This enzyme has been found to cause reactions in our bodies when we consume pineapple.
Bromelain has the ability to increase the amount of certain antibiotics absorbed by the body. And when bromelain is consumed with blood-thinners, it can increase the risk of bleeding (4).
Nausea, diarrhoea and indigestion (5).
4. Drug Interactions
Pineapple might even interfere or interact with certain types of medications or drugs. This might lead to heightened side effects and other problems.
When a fresh pineapple is combined with certain antibiotics like amoxicillin and tetracycline, it might lead to an increase in the side effects caused by these antibiotics (6).
The symptoms of amoxicillin include chest pain, bloody nose, chills, fever, dizziness etc (7).
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5. Tooth Damage
Though pineapple is a healthy and delicious fruit, it can cause desensitization of teeth or tooth decay.
Fruits like pineapple which are highly acidic in nature initiate a chemical process in the mouth when consumed. This softens the enamel and leads to tooth decay (8).
Tooth pain and extreme sensitivity when taking hot or cold foods (9).
6. Oral Allergy Syndrome
Oral allergy syndrome is nothing but an allergy to airborne particles like dust and pollen.
This phenomenon occurs when the immune system in our body confuses the protein in pineapple with pollen or any other allergen (10), (11). As a result of this, reactions occur within the body.
Irritation or itching on the tongue for sometime after consuming a pineapple.
They say no human being is perfect. Probably the same applies to fruits too. Depending upon the health conditions one has, some fruits might be desirable and healthy and some might be not.
All the above mentioned are side effects of pineapple consumption! Though I don’t mean to say pineapples are ‘bad’ or ‘poisonous’, they do have their own set of side effects and should be consumed in moderation.
Hope you liked our post on side effects of eating pineapple. Did you ever experience any of these pineapple side effects? Do let us know by commenting below.
Ravi Teja Tadimalla is a Senior Content Writer who specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the field for well over 4 years now. His work involves extensive research on how one can maintain better health through natural foods and organic supplements. Ravi has written over 250 articles and is also a published author. Reading and theater are his other interests.
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