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Pineapples and Health

Pineapple rind can cause rashes on some

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Pineapples and Health

Pineapple juice has been fermented into an alcoholic beverage in the past, and used to alleviate body heat and fevers. It was used externally to dissolve warts, callouses and painful corns.

Due to the large amounts of natural acids (citric, malic, and tartaric) and bromelain enzyme, large amounts of fresh pineapple should not be consumed as a main dish. On the other hand, it is these same juices in moderate amounts that aid in digestion as they closely resemble natural gastric juices.

Pineapple is also a natural diuretic, helps clear mucous from bronchial tissues, and its fiber aids in elimination.

The resin in the pineapple skin may cause an itchy rash in some people (as does the mango). Gloves are recommended for those prone to rashes while handling and skinning the fresh fruit.

Unripe pineapple is not only inedible, it is poisonous, causing throat irritation and severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Excessive consumption of the fibrous pineapple core can result in fiber balls collecting in the digestive tract.

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