The natural might not be as natural as we see! The healthy might not be as healthy as we might think!
What are the differences between pineapple fruit, canned pineapple slices, 100 % natural pineapple extract in can, pineapple jam, pineapple juice and pineapple juice drink. What are their similarities? Besides the fact that their are all pineapple.
Different food products derived from pineapple fruit had undergone series of manufacturing process which result to loss of nutrients, addition of human neutral additives, safe levels of preservatives and other chemicals which take us decades to discover as harmful.
From the health point of view, pineapple juice is better than juice drink, 100% natural extract is better than juice and the pineapple fruit with peels, crown and stalk intact is the best. It is recommended to buy the fruit, eat after removing the unwanted part or pass it through the juicer and enjoy the real 100% natural juice.
Then here comes what I said on the beginning. The pineapple might not be as natural and as healthy as we think.
There is something in pineapple that is preventing me from eating as much as my senses wants. A slice or two often send my tongue in pain. The term we called “panit na dila“. The same is true to rest of family member.
Father was saying, pineapples which cause tongue pain came from plants that were induced with flowering chemical, the ethephon. I am not sure but the chemical residue might be causing the tongue uneasiness, or it might be other compounds which are applied from sucker development, flowering to fruit development and ripening.
Producing pineapple fruits is no different from making canned pineapple chunks. Suckers are planted on well tilled soil. Watered. Applied with organic and inorganic fertilizers, often the latter. Sprayed with pesticides driving away pests. Induced flowering and fruit development with ethephon. Sprayed with hormones for bigger fruits. And sometimes, another chemical to delay or speed up ripening. Chemicals applied may leave residues with unknown and unproven effects.
Based on our experience, pineapples from father’s farms which received no inorganic fertilizers, hormones and other chemicals never cause tongue pain. According to research data, bromelain causes tongue irritation. However, I cannot help wonder why pineapples with minimal management never cause as much.
update as of January 2018
Pineapple was one of the prepared foods during New Years’s Celebration. As consequence, I ate a lot for several days. I was only eating a small piece at a time but I was getting frequently. My tongue got irritated again. Then all batches of bean-to-bar chocolates I was refining all felt rough. I extended the refining times and they all still felt rough. Later I realized that it was my tongue having problem. The irritation cause by eating too much pineapple made it extra sensitive.
My wife also experienced the same thing. The second taste tester was also at fault. The grindometer the is supposed to accurately measure the fineness of grind has not yet been acquired.
Lesson learned. Do not eat pineapple while refining chocolate!