How many of you remember having your wisdom teeth taken out, if at all? I do. It was my freshman year in college during spring break I think. I just know that I had to go back to college as I had an exam in Western Civilization class. I must have been kind of out of it because the teacher asked If I needed a moment outside in the hall. It was one of those blue book essay exams. The teacher had no patience with me and he was an odd man in my opinion. I finally had to tell him that I was on pain meds for my wisdom teeth removal. He seemed a little more understanding after I told him that instead of him thinking I might have been hungover from the night before by the way I was acting.
Now it’s time for my oldest son to have his out. We were at the consult appointment where the doctor tells us how the procedure will go as well as pre and post op care. My son asked if drinking pineapple juice helped with the swelling and recovery. The doctor said that he has not heard or can verify the social media topic that has been going around for about six months. I said if so it must be the bromelain enzyme contained in pineapple.
We got in the car and my son of course started googling like crazy to find research for himself. He found and read some entries that did indeed support the consumption of pineapple juice before and after surgery. Of course he has to cut off liquid and food consumption at midnight pre-surgery but hes’ gonna go for it. When he read the part about the bromelain enzyme I said “boom your mother know her nutrition!” You know kids need to test your knowledge and often it seems. Sometimes I have to say “I’m not wikimom!”.
Bromelain is a generic name given to proteolytic enzymes found in vegetable tissues such as peel, stem, fruit and leaves of the Bromeliaceae family, including pineapple (Ananas comosus).
If you google it, you are likely to find looks of abstracts and scientific articles and unless you have the patience and understanding of how to read research you may be more confused. I took the liberty of doing that research for you and came to the conclusion that yes, pineapple may help you recover faster not only from working out which I have said for years but also with swelling from surgery, respiratory issues, burns, frostbite, dead tissue from ulcers and possibly anti-spreading or growing of tumors and aid the digestion of meat.
The main advantages of using pineapple proteases, when compared with other plant proteases, is that the enzyme is not present in the early stages of fruit development, but its level increases rapidly, keeping high until maturity, in which a small decrease occurs (Maurer 2001). Despite the decline in proteolytic activity during maturation, the pineapple is the unique fruit that has relatively high protease concentration in the matured stage. In other fruits, such as fig and papaya, high levels of ficin and papain are only found when the fruits are green, and as the fruits become mature, the protease concentration virtually disappears (Bartholomew 2003).
Bromelain may affect blood clotting. Therefore, people who take blood thinners should eat pineapple in modest amounts. People without an allergy or diabetes, eating too much pineapple — more than a few servings per day — may have unintended side effects.
Need to speed up ripening? Maybe you already know to do this for avocados but for your too-green pineapple, place it in a paper bag. Placing a banana in the bag as well may speed up the process. The bag traps ethylene gas emitted by the fruit and accelerates ripening.
1 cup of fresh pineapple
- Calories: 83
- Fat: 1.7 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 21.6 grams
- Fiber: 2.3 grams
- Vitamin C: 88% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Manganese: 109% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 11% of the DV
- Copper: 20% of the DV
- Thiamine: 11% of the DV
- Folate: 7% of the DV
- Potassium: 4% of the DV
- Magnesium: 5% of the DV
- Niacin: 5% of the DV
- Pantothenic acid: 7% of the DV
- Riboflavin: 4% of the DV
- Iron: 3% of the DV
Pineapples also contain trace amounts of phosphorus, zinc, calcium, and vitamins A and K.
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