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Does pineapple release enzymes, which help protein absorption?

Q. I am 20 years old and have been weight training for 1 year. I eat lots of egg whites and wondered if there are any foods which can maximize their protein absorption rate?

A friend told me pineapple is good as it releases enzymes which help absorption.

A. Pineapple contains an enzyme, bromelain, which has proteolytic (protein-digesting) properties. It not only supports digestion but also helps to reduce inflammation. Ensuring that you have adequate amounts of enzymes in your body definitely will help to facilitate protein digestion. These enzymes already exist in our bodies, but eating raw foods (notably fruits and vegetables) can provide us with more enzymes. For more on enzymes, please see our article located at http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=120.

To ensure that you are absorbing your protein adequately, your digestion system needs to be working well. One of the first steps in protein digestion is in the stomach. If people are low in hydrochloric acid, this can inhibit proper protein digestion. This is not something that a person can self-diagnose but something that a nutrition-oriented healthcare practitioner could help them to identify and if such, give them supplements to enhance their digestion (something that is outside of our area of expertise).

For more on digestion, please see our article located at http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=16.

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