Pineapple is among the healthiest fruit in the world because of its content. It is sturdy and prickly on the outside but fragrant, delicious and highly healthy inside. It is usually readily available all year round in Nigeria though it tends to be expensive depending on the season.
Pineapple is not just a delicious tropical fruit it is packed full of nutrients that are essential for our body. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains approximately
- 82 calories
- 0.2 grams (g) of fat
- 0 g of cholesterol
- 2 milligrams (mg) of sodium
- 21.65 g of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fiber)
- 0.89 g of protein
- 131 percent of vitamin C
- 2 percent of vitamin A
- 2 percent of calcium
- 3 percent of iron
Pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals, including: thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium,beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which might play a role in a range of different health benefits.
There are also plenty of ways to enjoy this juicy yellow fruit. You can grill slices and serve them with meat or as a tasty side, or you can toss frozen chunks into a smoothie. It can serve as snack on bite-sized pieces.
Below are five reasons why it should be incorporated into your diet.
1. It boosts the immune system
Pineapple is a great source of antioxidants, specifically phenolics, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Antioxidants are compounds in food that may help fight inflammation and free radicals in the body, free radicals are molecules that can cause cellular damage and lead to health issues, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and eye problems. Filling up on antioxidant-rich foods like pineapple can play a role in reducing those risks. Vitamin C is also important because it encourages growth and healing around the body and plays a role in everything from wound repair to iron absorption.
2. It helps to enhance weight loss
Are you aware that pineapple can lead to weight loss? This is because pineapple juice usually help to reduce fat formation and increase fat breakdown. It can serve as a good choice of snack because it is low in calories, high in important vitamins and minerals, and does not include saturated fats or trans fats. So it helps people that are obese to eat fewer calories overall if they consume several cups of fruits and vegetables each day as part of a well-balanced diet. Pineapple also delivers some fiber (2.3 grams in 1 cup, per the USDA), which can help control your blood sugar level and help you eat less because it keeps you feeling full.
3. It aids digestion
Pineapples because of their high content of fiber and water help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract. Pineapples are also rich in bromelain, an enzyme that helps the body digest proteins. Bromelain also reduces inflammatory immune cells, called cytokines, that damage the digestive tract lining.
It has also been linked to helping improve digestion and has been used to treat digestive disorders. A study carried out found that the bromelain in pineapple may help reduce the effects of diarrhea.
4. It promotes healthy bones
Pineapples serves as a source of calcium, manganese that are essential for maintenance of strong bones. Our bodies continually remove small amounts of calcium from our bones and replace it with new calcium, a bone “remodeling” process. If the body removes more calcium from bones than it replaces, they slowly become weaker and more prone to breaking. Eating a diet rich in calcium allows the body to deposit calcium in bones so they stay strong. Manganese may help stave off osteoporosis and helps improve overall bone and mineral density.
5. Pineapple serves as an anti-Inflammatory agent
Too much inflammation can lead to many chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as pineapple, can help reduce the amount of inflammation in the body. Pineapple’s bromelain content is the reason for its anti-inflammatory properties.