Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Oh, my tongue!!!

Cliff loves pineapple so much that when we're at Sam's Club, we buy a case of Dole chunk pineapple in its own juice.  Dole is noticeably better than the off-brands, which is why we buy it.

Yesterday at Sam's, Cliff noticed fresh pineapples in the produce section, and one of them followed us home.  At dinner today (dinner is our noon meal, by the way) we had that pineapple for dessert, after my looking up the directions for peeling it.  We each took half, and it was scrumptious.  (Okay, okay... I know that's a lot.  But according to CalorieKing.com, a whole fruit is only 227 calories.)

As I ate, I noticed a peculiar sensation on my tongue, and asked Cliff if his tongue felt funny.  "A little," he said.

The more pineapple I ate, the worse the sensation got.  You could call it somewhat painful, in fact.

I went to Google and typed in the words "pineapple" and "tongue", and solved the mystery.

"Pineapples are delicious, and they're good for you, too. They are a good source of fiber, manganese (a mineral which aids digestion), and bromelain (a group of anti-inflammatory enzymes). I wouldn't worry too much about the tingling you feel in your tongue when you eat pineapples. It probably means you have a mild allergy to bromelain. Some people develop a rash and/or itching in response to the enzyme."

For the whole article, read HERE.

I'll be eating my pineapple from a  can, from now on.

11 comments:

tc01hm said...

LOL!
Tess

brwneyedlady0316 said...

Sorry about ya tongue!! You can also plant the top of the pineapple, it makes a beautiful plant and actually bears the fruit!

robinngabster said...

I too love pineapple but neer heard of the numb tongue thing.  The best pineapple I had was in Hawaii in 1985 right off the Dole plantation...it was so good I felt like I was eating candy.

sugarsweet056 said...

Yep, I can't eat fresh pineapple...my poor tongue hurts for days!!!!!!!!
If you have it again, cut off the top & plant it, makes a very greenery type plant!
Hugs, Sug

ora4uk said...

LOL....Mosie...I know it isn't funny....but I knew what you were going to say in eating the "fresh" pineapple....when we were living in Okinawa...you could, in season, buy fresh pineapple along the roadside...for about ten cents a piece....and they would sometimes clean it so you could eat it right there LOL...but oh how Gary and I suffered...from pineapple tongue...LOL...but we washed our mouth good...brushed our teeth...smeared some vaseline on it...and by and by it would go away...much like chapped lips....LOL...I loveeee fresh pineapple...and I endure once in a great while..."pineapple tongue"...just to enjoy it....Hugs from KY....Ora

ora4uk said...

Oh and by the way....I could not read journals earlier in the day...but Aol finished whatever they were doing and it is all ok now...Hugs...Ora

csandhollow said...

I suppose in the can some of it has been leached off. I do love a sweet, fresh pineapple. I even have a corer for pineapples!

lonamay said...

this one was really a shock to me donna,,  i have eaten hundreds of fresh pineapple..but I admit never a half at a time..LOL... and have never had that feeling.. nor have i ever heard of it... its my greatest joy when I hit Hawaii is to stop and get thefresh fruit,, and for a month they are always in the fridge,, sorry this happened to you..... this proves one can learn something new every day...

lanurseprn said...

I never heard of that.  Hmmmm....it's very interesting!
Pam

am4039 said...

wow I never knew that. My tongue doesn't hurt when I eat fresh pineapple. I just love it.

toonguykc said...

stick to beer and steak!  works for me....  :)

Russ