Updated: Aug 31
The late and legendary world re-known healer Dr. Sebi taught that pineapples are too acidic, unhealthy and that pineapples ought to be strictly avoided. Many people found fault with his logic, saying that pineapples are indeed beneficial, as they are high in nutrients such as vitamin C and manganese. Pineapples are rich in dietary fiber and antioxidants. "How can it be it possibly be unhealthy?" they wondered. "This man is be a pseudo-scientist!" they said.
However Dr. Sebi's incredible legacy of healing cannot go overlooked or underestimated. After all, people came from all over the globe to be healed by him - and indeed they were! But it wasn't magic that healed them. Dr. Sebi changed their minds. He brought them back to a more natural way of thinking that inevitably brought about a personal healing... and there ain't nothing "pseudo" about that!
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Dr. Sebi's core philosophy was simple:
"If its not electric - Don't eat it!"
This includes any "food" that is:
flesh or animal biproduct
fried or overcooked
needs man's help to keep it from extinction
He used to say that if God didn't make it that way, OR if its too acidic, its not good for food. This makes sense to me, but let's look deeper into the pineapple, for those who aren't convinced.
In this article, we will conduct a minor case study of the pineapple to find out:
What is a pineapple?
How acidic are pineapples?
How are pineapples grown?
How did pineapples get their name?
What is the history of the pineapple?
Why does pineapple burn your mouth?
Should people eat pineapples?
First of all, what is a pineapple?
The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant that is indigenous to South America where it has been cultivated it for several centuries. It is a herbaceous perennial plant which can grow to nearly 5 ft. tall. It has a short, stocky stem with "waxy" leaves. It is known for its sweetness, its juiciness and its characteristic outer appearance which strongly resembles a pine cone.
Pineapples are extremely popular as they are now used in countless recipes around the world. Many commercial greenhouses and tropical plantations have made money growing pineapples since the 1820s. Hawaii, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philipines account for around one-third of the world's pineapple crops.
What is the ph level of a pineapple?
So, Are pineapples acidic and if so, how acidic are pineapples?
The pH scale ranges from 0-14. Range 0-6 is acidic. 7 is neutral and range 8-14 would be alkaline.
According to the FDA, pineapple juice falls at 3.5 on the pH scale, right in the middle between most acid and neutral, or moderately acidic. However,it must be noted that the fresh fruit itself ranges from 3.5 to 5.2 pH. Meaning if you eat a pineapple its potentially less acidic than if you drink its juice.
If you look at the pH chart, 3.5 pH would correspond to the yellowish section, so as you can see, pineapples are pretty acidic.
How do pineapples grow?
Pineapples grow as a small shrub. While the plant is in the midst of creating fruit, it may produce up to 200 flowers. The individual flowers or berries of the un-pollinated plant fuse to form a kind of "collective fruit" or a "multiple fruit". The fruit of a pineapple is usually arranged in 2 interlocking helices, Typically there are 8 in one direction and 13 in the other, each being a number in the Fibonacci Sequence (the golden spiral/golden ratio).
After the first fruit is produced, side shoots (aka 'suckers') are produced in the leaf axils of the main stem. These may be removed for propagation, or left intact to produce additional fruits on the original mother plant. Pineapple fruits take from 12 to 24 months to reach maturity.
The plant can also be propagated from the offset produced at the top of the fruit. In other words, you can cut the leafy top part off the pineapple, stick in the ground, and it will grow a new pineapple.
So the modern pineapple needs a lot of help from man to grow prolifically. It doesn't grow from seeds, it grows from tops. Pollination (by animals, wind and insects) of pineapple plants is possible, but the presence of seeds is said to have a "negative effect" on the fruit.
This means that farmers prefer them seedless, thus they propagate them with the tops and side shoots, instead of letting the birds and bees do it. It is a heavily cultivated plant that usually is not grown from seeds, making it much less genetically diverse. According to Dr. Sebi, this subtracts from its electrical potency, and is just one of the reasons why we should avoid it.
How did the pineapple get it's name?
The pineapple was originally called "Ananas or nanas", a Tupi word meaning "excellent fruit". Tupiis the language used by the Tupi people, who are indigenous people of Brazil. The scientific name of a pineapple is Ananas comosus - “nanas”(which means pine) and “comosus”(which means tufted).
A pineapple is neither a pine nor an apple, but a fruit consisting of many berries that have grown together. However English explorer Captain John Smith was one of the earliest to record the word "pineapple" for the tropical fruit in 1624. Even though the word ananas was the accepted name for it in English at that time, perhaps Captain Smith was unaware of this and chose to call it a "pineapple" since it does look a lot like a pine cone.
What is the history of the pineapple?
The wild pineapple plant originates from the Parana-Paraguay River drainages between southern Brazil and Paraguay. Very little is known about how it was domesticated, however the plant was cultivated and proliferated heavily by the ancient South Americans (Mayans and Aztecs), and eventually by the people of the Caribbean, Mexico and North America.
In Guadaloupe on 4 November 1493, Columbus became the 1st European to encounter the pineapple, by which time cropped pineapple a stable component of the diet of native Americans Columbus brought the plant back to Spain and named it piña de Indes, meaning "pine of the Indians". The Portuguese brought the fruit into India in 1550, by way of Brazil. The 'Red Spanish' pineapple cultivar was also introduced by the Spanish from Latin America to the Phillipines, and it was grown for textile use since at least the 17th century,
Europeans were deeply fascinated with pineapples as a "fruit of colonialism". However it would take many centuries for them to develop a means of growing pineapples in cold, grey weather. Around 1658, Pieter de la Court developed a greenhouse horticulture which allowed for the growth of the coveted tropical fruit.
In England, the 1st pineapple was grown in Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire. In 1723, an enormous pineapple stove was built as Chelsea Physic Garden. It was designed to heat the plants. Hothouses called "pineries" became a symbol of wealth, due to the huge cost, labor and maintenance required to operate them. The advancement of horticultural technologies caused the pineapple to quickly spread throughout all of Europe.
The Spanish had introduced the pineapple to Hawaii in the 18th century. The first commercial plantation started in 1886. Investor James Dole relocated to Hawaii in 1899 and started a 60 acres pineapple plantation in 1900. The Dole Food Company as well as Del Monte began growing pineapples on the island of Oahu in 1901 and 1917, respectively. in 1911, a Dole employee named Henry Ginaca developed an automatic peeling and coring machine to help commercially process the pineapples. Though Hawaiian pineapple production began to decline in the 1970s, the pineapple has still endured as an iconic symbol of Hawaii.
Commercial pineapple cultivars are generally placed in five groups i.e. Cayenne, Queen, Spanish, Pernambuco and Mordilona. In international trade, the numerous pineapple cultivars are grouped into four main classes: ‘Smooth Cayenne’, ‘Red Spanish’, ‘Queen’, and ‘Abacaxi’, despite much variation in the types within each class. "Smooth Cayenne'' is the dominant cultivar in world production.
Smooth Cayenne was introduced by the US Bureau of Agriculture to the Philippines in the early 1900s. This was during the American colonial period. Dole and Del Monte had set up plantations there in the 1920s. To this day the Philippines remains one of the world's top pineapple exporters.
Why does pineapple burn my mouth?
Do pineapples eat you?
Some people say that "if you eat pineapple, the pineapple it eats you!" They say that because eating a raw pineapple really hurts. Pineapples are not only rather acidic (3.5 pH), they also contain bromelain, a corrosive chemical enzyme that breaks down amino acids (proteins). As we all know, meat is made of protein, and people are made of meat! In essence, pineapples eat meat!
Did you know that pineapple juice is a very effective meat tenderizer! Yep.
Bromelain acts to dissolve the protective mucous that coats your tongue and the roof of your mouth, the acidity of the pineapple is extra irritating. It's like the enzyme cuts you, then the acid cuts you again...Yikes!!!
Should people eat pineapples?
So was Dr. Sebi right? Are pineapples bad for us?
Like everything, whether or not you should eat pineapples depends on own your journey. If you are fine with allowing some acidity into your diet, then you can do a lot worse than a pineapple. After all, its still loads more healthy than a bag of Cheetos or a canned soda, which are completely man-made and utterly synthetic.
But if your goal is to live your most electric life, then according to Dr. Sebi, given how abrasive and acidic they are, eating pineapples ain't the way to do it.
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