Health Benefits of Pineapple
Why you should eat this amazing food

pineapple nutrition

Pineapple are one of the world’s strangest looking fruits, and cutting one up can be challenging.  But beneath their spiky exterior is a fruit with a sweet and exotic flavor.  Not only that they are a storehouse of vitamins and minerals.   The health benefits of pineapple are many and varied, all good reasons for incorporating them into your diet.

Pineapple belong to the Bromeliaceae family.  It is extremely rare for bromeliads to produce fruit, and the pineapple is the only bromeliad which does so.

A pineapple is not actually a single fruit, but is made up of dozens of individual flowers that grow to form the fruit.  Each scale represents a single flower.  When choosing a pineapple, choose one that smells fresh and sweet.  The more scales the fruit has the sweeter the taste.  

Pineapple Nutrition

Not only do pineapple have a sweet and exotic flavor, but they are one of the healthiest foods we can eat and are packed with nutrition.  They contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K, as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and manganese, are high in fiber and low in fat and cholesterol.

Eating one will ease digestion, arthritis and sinusitis.

Health Benefits of Pineapple

health benefits of pineapple
  • Pineapple contain an enzyme call Bromelain which is found in the stem and core. Bromelain has a wide variety of health benefits.  Also known as the “miraculous enzyme”, it has been found to reduce inflammation and swelling in joints and muscles associated with arthritis.  In fact half a cup of fresh pineapple daily is believed to relieve the pain and stiffness in joints due to osteoarthritis.  It also improves circulation, prevents blood clotting, and reduces tumor growth. 
  • One of the benefits of Bromelain is that it breaks down protein, helping the body digest proteins more effectively.   This is why pineapple are known as a digestive aid.
  • Pineapple are an excellent source of Vitamin C. In fact a single serving contains more than 130% of the recommended daily requirement.   This makes it one of the best available sources of ascorbic acid.  
  • Vitamin C is known for boosting the immune system and fighting off infection.  It does this by stimulating the white blood cells and acting as an antioxidant to help prevent the growth of free radicals that damage cells.  Free radicals are byproducts of cellular metabolism that can damage various organ systems and disrupt function, as well as cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous ones.
  • It also provides protection against diseases, strengthens the immune system and fights off infection, which is why we turn to Vitamin C for the prevention of colds and flu.
  • Pineapple contain large quantities of manganese.  Manganese is a trace mineral which is an important aid in the development of strong bones and connective tissues.  One cup will give you nearly 75% of your daily recommended amount.
  • Pineapple are also a rich source of Vitamin A and Beta-carotene.  Beta carotene has been shown to boost eye health and prevent age related eye problems such as macular degeneration.
  • The perfect weight loss food, pineapple are a rich source of fiber, low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol. 

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Source:  King of Fruit - Why is Pineapple Good for You

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