Why Does Eating Pineapple Make Your Mouth Sting?

You're not imagining it!


29 November 2018

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During summer most people will eat copious amounts of pineapple.

Usually this is accompanied by a weird raw feeling in your mouth and then a stinging sensation.

Well it turns out this is caused by a mixture of enzymes called bromelain.

When bromelain comes into contact with sensitive skin, like that in the mouth, it starts to break down the proteins, causing the tissue around your mouth to become inflamed and rather sore.

So yes, you're not alone - pineapple really does make your mouth hurt!

Source: IFL Science

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