The pineapple is neither pine nor apple.

I mean, it kind of looks like a pine cone if you squint:

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But otherwise, the pineapple is just a funny little thing.

Well, it’s actually not so little. The average pineapple weighs about 2lbs – though they can grow much bigger – making it one of the largest common fruits. But even though it’s quite large, an average pineapple houses only about 452 calories.

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That may not sound like a lot of calories, but you shouldn’t go trying to eat a whole pineapple in one sitting – not unless you’re a fan of pain, that is.

I had to learn this the hard way, but it might not be too late for you:

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Bromelain, that enzyme unique to pineapple, gets destroyed by our stomach acids once we swallow the pineapple, but while we’re chewing, that pineapple is digesting our mouths.

As unpleasant as that sounds, bromelain can also do the human body good, as we sometimes find ourselves with unwanted proteins that we might like to see disappear.

For instance, bromelain is used in Europe to treat sinus and nasal swelling after surgery or trauma.

Scientists are currently experimenting with bromelain to see if it can eliminate or reduce other unwanted extra cells, like burns and scar tissue, arthritic inflammation, and even tumors.

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It’s ironic that even though pineapples are being used for experimental cancer cures, I can buy one for a dollar on sale. But back in the 1700s, when the pineapple was all the rage among European upper classes, one could set you back about $6,000 dollars in today’s money.

Maybe that’s why some entrepreneurial fellows even started renting them out at one point…

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