There are many reasons for the tongue pain of kiwi fruit. It may be that the kiwi fruit is not ripe, which contains protein decomposition enzymes, which will stimulate the oral mucosa. Eating immature kiwi fruit will make the tongue numb. In addition, kiwifruit has more acidic substances, which are more stimulating for the mucosa of some people. This substance can stimulate the mucous membrane and cause pain and tongue inflammation.

Kiwi fruit has strong acidity and alkalinity, which will produce irritation and pain. The tongue is an organ with mucous membranes and muscles and contains blood vessels and nerves.

Therefore, eating kiwi fruit can easily stimulate the tongue’s nerves and lead to pain. In addition, because kiwifruit has a protein that plays a role in coagulation, Kiwi fruit cold is easy to cause colds and easy to cause diarrhea, so don’t eat too much.

Dried Kiwis on plate

How to stop kiwi from burning tongue

Mature kiwifruit will taste a little sour. If it is not fully ripened, it will taste sour, and your tongue will feel numb. If your tongue feels tingly, stop eating immediately. Drink some saltwater or gargle with saltwater first.

If allergies cause it, you must consult a doctor. The nature of kiwi fruit is relatively highly nutritious, and it is not suitable for children with weak spleen and stomachs or babies to eat kiwi fruit.

If the tingling sensation persists for a day without relief, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. The unripe kiwi is best to ripen before eating. Experts remind us that the kiwifruit must cook before eating. Otherwise, some substances are conducive to harming human health, and the astringent taste is also very unpalatable.

Do not eat spicy or irritating foods in the recent diet to avoid aggravating the symptoms of tongue pain. Always keep your mouth clean and hygienic, and try to eat light, high-quality protein-rich foods to supplement your nutrition.

Kiwi fruit is cold in nature, so it is not advisable to eat more. People with spleen and stomach deficiency should eat it cautiously, and people with loose stool and diarrhea should not eat it. The person who threatened abortion, menorrhagia, and frequent urination, should not eat kiwifruit.

Girl eating kiwi

Due to the high vitamin C content in kiwi fruit, it is easy to thicken with the protein in dairy products, which affects digestion and absorption. It will cause abdominal distension, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Therefore, you must not drink milk or eat other dairy products immediately after eating kiwi. Although kiwifruit is rich in nutrients, there are taboos, no matter how good things are. But the pros outweigh the cons for kiwis.

Why does my tongue burn when I eat kiwi?

Mainly it may be because of Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) or Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome (PFAS).

Otherwise, If the kiwi fruit is not fully ripe, its acid content will be relatively high. After eating kiwi fruit, the fruit acid may irritate your tongue mucosa, resulting in irritating hot tongue symptoms.

In addition, oral ulcers will cause your mouth burn after eating kiwi fruit, even if it is mature.

Precautions for eating kiwi


A scientific investigation has shown that 2/3 of children will have adverse reactions when they eat kiwi for the first time. Therefore, when mothers add kiwi to their baby for the first time, they must use a small amount and pay attention to whether there is an allergic reaction after adding it, such as rashes, diarrhea, etc.

Some babies eat too much kiwi fruit, which can cause severe allergic reactions and even collapse. Studies have shown that children under the age of 5 are most prone to kiwifruit allergic reactions. But there have been no reported deaths from kiwifruit consumption.

It is best to squeeze the kiwi into fresh juice for the baby to eat. Feeding the baby with a quick sample is safer than cutting it into pieces and feeding it. Choose kiwis with better ripeness to reduce the chance of allergies.

Diet taboos

Milk jug and Kiwi slice

Do not eat kiwis with dairy products. Eating kiwi fruit with dairy products will affect digestion and absorption and cause adverse reactions such as abdominal distension, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Do not eat kiwis with animal liver, cucumbers, or carrots. Kiwi fruit with these foods will destroy vitamin C.

If your kiwis smell alcohol, be careful.

Diarrhea babies should not eat kiwi.

Because kiwi fruit has the effect of moistening the intestines and laxatives, so the baby should not eat kiwi fruit during diarrhea. Otherwise, it will aggravate the baby’s diarrhea and, in severe cases, cause the baby to become dehydrated, threatening the baby’s safety.

A normal baby should not eat a lot of kiwi fruit. You should moderate any foods for the baby. It is enough to eat one kiwi fruit every day, and it is best to eat it every other day, not every day in a row.

It is best to eat naturally mature kiwis.

Many kiwifruits are ripened. These methods of ripening are not health safety every time. Eating fresh and naturally ripe ones is best to exert the kiwifruit effect better.

If the kiwifruit you bought is hard, It is still relatively astringent. You can put it together with the apple and seal it in a plastic bag. After a few days, the kiwi will become soft and sweet.


Why am I suddenly allergic to kiwi?

1. Endocrine disorders.

The environment, emotions, and diet easily affect your endocrine system. Usually, overwork and improper diet may lead to endocrine disorders. At this time, the immune system may respond in a stressful manner, resulting in a sudden allergy to kiwifruit.

2. Eat a lot of kiwi fruit.

Kiwi fruit contains protease, which has a certain allergenicity. You may not have obvious allergies if you eat small amounts of kiwi fruit. When you eat a large amount of kiwi fruit, it may cause allergic reactions.

3. Changes in kiwi fruit composition

When planting kiwi fruit, some businesses may add chemical drugs to grow it. The kiwi fruit is contaminated at this point, and some people develop allergic reactions after eating it.

How long does kiwi allergy last?

Kiwi allergy is a food allergy. Usually, an allergic reaction will occur within a short time after eating kiwi. You may experience symptoms such as nausea, mouth numbness, sore throat, rash, etc. If you eat less kiwi fruit, the allergy symptoms will be mild, except for nausea and numbness. Usually, no special treatment is needed, and it returns to normal within 24 hours after stopping eating kiwi fruit.

Why do kiwis and pineapple hurt my tongue?

Pineapple contains a substance called pineapple enzyme, which can break down proteins and stimulate the oral mucosa and lip skin, causing pain. Also, unripe kiwi fruit contains proteolytic enzymes that can stimulate nerve endings and capillaries in the skin.


Sam Perera, Founder of Stethostalk, is a food safety follower and organic food lover. He has completed the PLANT-BASED NUTRITION Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. Before this, he worked for a few years in IT services. A dedicated follower of nature, he believes in healing with natural foods. In his free time, he loves Gardening, Blogging, and traveling.