My mom says eating pineapple may upset my stomach

Pineapple is not always sweet to your stomach. Some might end up with a stomach ache after eating pineapple. Read on to find out the potential reasons of why you have stomach pain after eating pineapple.
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Stomach pain can be a side effect of pineapple. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 25 Jun 2023, 05:00 pm IST
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Pineapple is a sweet fruit loaded with nutrients that play vital roles in keeping you energetic and helping your immune system. Pineapple has many health benefits, but my mom says that it might make my sensitive stomach upset. I not banned from eating pineapple, but there is a limit. An expert reveals why some people may have stomach pain after eating pineapple that seems to be a good fruit to stay hydrated in this hot weather.

Health Shots consulted Ekta Singhwal, Dietician, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh to find out how some people can end up with stomach problems after eating pineapple.

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Pineapple may hurt your stomach. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Pineapple and stomach ache

There are many health benefits of pineapple as it contains an enzyme called bromelain. It helps in the digestion of proteins. That enzyme can help to improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of indigestion. But there are times when pineapple can turn out to be your stomach’s enemy. The potential causes of stomach pain after eating pineapple:

1. Bromelain sensitivity or allergy

Some people may be sensitive or allergic to bromelain, so this can lead to stomach pain, nausea or even an allergic reaction.

2. Acidic nature

The fruit contains citric and malic acids, which give it a tangy taste. The acidic nature of pineapple can cause discomfort in people with sensitive stomach or those prone to acid reflux or heartburn, says the expert.

3. Fiber content

Pineapple is a good source of dietary fiber. Even though fiber is beneficial for digestion, consuming excessive amounts of the fruit, especially if not used to a high-fiber diet, can lead to stomach pain, bloating or gas.

4. Unripe pineapple

Eating unripe pineapple can be challenging for the digestive system as it contains higher levels of bromelain and is more acidic, says Singhwal. This can cause stomach discomfort or irritation, so go for ripe pineapple for better digestion.

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You should watch the amount of pineapple you are eating. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Tolerance level

Some people may have a lower tolerance to certain foods. For some people, the specific combination of sugars and acids in pineapple may be difficult to digest, resulting in stomach pain or discomfort.

How to deal with stomach pain after eating pineapple

If you experience stomach pain after eating a few pieces of pineapple, you can take a few steps to alleviate the discomfort.

1. Limit portion size

The expert suggests to start by eating smaller portions of pineapple to assess your tolerance. This can help to determine if the pain is related to the quantity consumed. Gradually, increase the portion size if you find that your tolerance improves.

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2. Pair with other foods

Eating pineapple with other foods can help to dilute its acidity and minimize the impact on your stomach. Consider combining pineapple with foods that have a higher pH value, such as whole grains, lean proteins or healthy fats.

3. Choose ripe pineapple

Opt for fully ripe pineapple as unripe pineapple tends to be more acidic and challenging to digest. Ripe pineapple is sweeter and generally better tolerated by people with a sensitive stomach.

4. Consider enzyme supplements

If you suspect a sensitivity or allergy to bromelain, you may try taking a digestive enzyme supplement containing bromelain before eating pineapple. This can help break down the enzymes present in the fruit and potentially reduce the risk of stomach pain.

Instead of eating huge amounts of pineapple, incorporate it in your balanced diet. This way your body will get all the nutrients and your stomach won’t get upset.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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