Here’s The Scientific Reason Pineapple Burns Your Mouth

Pineapple can be a sweet and refreshing treat that is particularly enjoyable in the summer. But certain people may also experience a bit of burning on their tunr while their chowing down on a piece. Here’s why your mouth may burn when you eat pineapple — and it’s not because of the acidity. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. It breaks down proteins and it’s an excellent meat tenderizer. It’s also what makes your mouth tingle, burn and maybe even bleed. This is because bromelain is trying to break down the proteins in your mouth, so when you eat pineapple, it’s pretty eating you back.

But don’t worry, your mouth will heal quickly, and the acids in your stomach will protect you. Here’s how to make it burn less:

Bromelain is mostly found in the stem of pineapple so cutting it out before you eat might help. Cooking the pineapple is another solution. The heat causes a chemical reaction, so you won’t have to worry about Bromelain burning you.

Eating or touching extreme amounts of bromelain can cause skin rashes and loss of fingerprints — as well as vomiting and diarrhea. But it can be good for you, too — it’s known to treat inflammation and swelling.