Pineapples are one of the most aromatic and sturdy fruits, which if stored carefully can stay fresh for a long duration. Read on to know about some of the surprising side effects of consuming pineapples.
While most of us consider pineapple to be bursting with nutrients, some effects of consuming pineapple might not go down well with you. Here are 6 side effects of consuming large quantities of pineapple.
Allergy. It has been noticed that consuming pineapples may result in an allergic reaction in a few individuals. The meat tenderizing property of pineapples is the main reason for this, which usually resolves within a few hours by itself. The allergic symptoms include tenderness and swelling of lips and a tingling sensation in the throat.
Affects blood sugar level. Pineapples may increase the blood sugar level as these are very high in natural sugars. Each half cup serving of pineapples contain about 15 g of carbohydrates. The symptoms of an increased blood sugar level after pineapple consumption are a headache, frequent urination, and an increased feeling of thirst.
Reaction to bromelain. The enzyme bromelain found in the juice and stem of pineapple has been found to trigger a reaction in our body upon its consumption. This enzyme can increase the amount of some antibiotics that are absorbed by our body. It has been found that if bromelain rich pineapple is consumed with blood thinners, it may also increase the risk of bleeding, symptoms of which are diarrhea, indigestion, and nausea.
Interacts with drugs. Pineapple tends to interact and interfere with certain drugs like antibiotics such as tetracycline and amoxicillin. This may trigger some side effects such as the bloody nose, chest pain, fever, chills, dizziness, etc.
Damages teeth. Pineapple may lead to desensitization of the teeth or tooth decay. This is because pineapples are highly acidic in nature and initiate a chemical reaction in the mouth upon its consumption, which softens the tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. Symptoms of which include, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and tooth pain.
Oral allergy syndrome. This is an allergy to airborne particles such as pollens and dust. This occurs when our immune system mistakes the protein in pineapple to an allergen, which triggers a reaction within our body. Symptoms of this are itching or irritation on the tongue after consuming pineapples.