Health benefits of pineapple are better bone health, improved digestion, stronger immune system and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Live Science. Other potential health benefits include blood clot reduction and a reduction in inflammation from the common cold and sinus infections.
While pineapple has many health benefits, people should also be aware of the potential risks, says Live Science. Eating too much pineapple causes increased tenderness in the mouth, lips and tongue due to its meat tenderizing qualities. This effect is not permanent, however. It is uncommon to experience severe side effects from eating pineapple, but people who experience breathing difficulties, rashes or hives after eating pineapple needs to get medical attention. They might be allergic to the fruit. The high level of vitamin C in pineapple is good for health reasons, but it might also increase the risk of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea if it is eaten in large quantities.
When selecting a pineapple, choose one that seems heavy and large for its size, says World's Healthiest Foods. These have a larger portion of edible flesh, resulting in more pineapple for the money. Good pineapples don't have visible bruises, darkened areas or soft spots. Smell the fruit before picking it up at the grocery store; ripe pineapple has a fragrant smell near the stem.