Pineapple is a tropical fruit rich in flavor and nutrients. Pineapple is not just an ordinary fruit and that is why is stays on the table of one of my favorites.
A 100g cut pineapple (See serving size Photo) supplies:
Energy: 52 calories, Dietary fiber: 1.40g, Carbohydrate: 13.7 g, protein: 0.54 g, Magnesium: 12 mg, Calcium: 16 mg, Potassium: 150 mg, Phosphorus:11 mg, Vitamin A: 130 I.U, Vitamin C: 24 mg.
One important feature of pineapple is its richness in BROMELAIN. Bromelain is a natural sulfhydryl compound that contains proteolytic (protein) enzymes which aids digestion.
Hint: When you consume legumes like beans or over-eat proteinious foods like meat, take a glass of fresh pineapple juice or eat some fresh pineapple cuts. In an hour you will feel better and lighter with a flat belly (it works for me and everyone that has tried it, especially the elderly!!!).
Benefits Of Pineapple.
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- It's richness in phosphorus speeds up metabolism which aid weight loss and debloating.
- Provides digestive aid by improving protein digestion and utilization in humans (Action of bromelain)
- Prevents inflammation in the body like flu, cold, cough (this is due to it rich content of Vitamin C and Magnesium)
- It provides defense against free radical damage that could lead to cancerous cells (This is due to it rich Vitamin C content which acts as an antioxidant).
- It provides speedy healing from bruises, hematoma, strains and torn ligaments (Thanks to its rich enzyme content).
- It is beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing soft tissue swelling.
- It helps in bone formation (this is due to its richness in phosphorus and manganese).
- Vitamin C in pineapple supports the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, blood vessels and muscles
- Vitamin C also helps you absorb Iron from the food you eat (this is more important for women to know especially those still on menstrual cycle).
- The bromelain cleanses the kidney and protects the liver from damage specially caused by alcohol.
- Did I forget the Rich Fiber content? Not at all, It helps to cure constipation and irregular bowel movement.
Amir Abbas et al., 2017 in a current research showed that pineapple extracts is effective to enhance cognitive disorders and provide hepaprotective effect to the liver of mice (which can have the-same effect in humans).
Hossain, Akhtar & Anwar (2015) also reported that drinking pineapple juice in the morning gets rid of nausea and vomiting sensation (This will be beneficial for pregnant women, I guess)!.
BEST WAY TO ENJOY PINEAPPLE:
- In smoothies (if you need recipes, check my PARPINAS recipe post on the website)
- As in-between meal snacks
- As an accompaniment with your food
- Make into a juice.
After all written, I am not directing you to go consume a bowl of pineapple or solely depend on pineapple as your only fruit intake. The KEY is MODERATION!!! I am being generous enough to share with you the extra benefits pineapple gives to your body each time you consume it (lol).
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Amir Abbas Momtazi-borojeni,Hojjat Sadeghi-Aliabadi,Mohammed Rabbani,Alireza Ghannadi,and Elham Abdollahi (2017). Cognitive enhancing of pineapple extract and juice in scopolamine-induced amnesia in mice.Res Pharm Sci. 2017 Jun; 12(3): 257–264.
Md. Farid Hossain, Shaheen Akhtar, Mustafa Anwar (2015). Nutritional Value and Medicinal Benefits of Pineapple. International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences 2015; 4(1): 84-88.https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3d51/9765af232d4bd9c21b8a86ec282aed59cd44.pdf