How To Stop Pineapple From Burning Your Tongue

While it might not seem obvious or prevalent, pineapple can be quite a divisive fruit. Though pineapple is a sweet but acidic fruit that many people love, others might not be so much a fan because of one key symptom caused by the fruit. As it turns out, pineapple can essentially burn your taste buds due to a very specific type of enzyme known as bromelain, according to The Healthy.

When the enzyme touches your tongue and the rest of your mouth, it can cause a burning or pricking feeling because it cuts through the coating your mouth has (via Bon Appétit). Luckily, there's no need to worry about the effect lasting too long — it will go away within a few hours and the normal feeling of your mouth should resume.

If you don't enjoy this sensation, there are several ways you can lessen the effects of pineapple on your mouth. First and foremost, you should always avoid eating the core of a pineapple, and even the edges of it, if you have a sensitive mouth. According to The Healthy, that's where most of the bromelain is found.

This is how you can reduce the number of enzymes in your pineapple

Though avoiding the core of the pineapple is a good practice, you can also use several methods to reduce the amount of bromelain in the fruit. According to Bon Appétit, soaking pineapple in salt water should lessen the effects of the enzyme even though it is not a scientific means. However, to decrease the total number of enzymes, you'll need to do a bit more.

Pineapple that has been cooked has fewer bromelain enzymes. According to The Healthy, exposing them to heat over time causes the enzymes to break down. So, consider saving your pineapple for the grill, oven, or even the stovetop.

Another way to lessen the effects of the fruit is to use it with dairy products (via Bon Appétit). By providing the enzymes with more protein to feed on, they shouldn't irritate your mouth. Plus, the dairy will help balance out the pH of the pineapple. It's the perfect combination for happy taste buds.