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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top 8 Health Benefits of Pineapple

Can it be that something as tasty as pineapple can also be good for you?  Indeed, yes!  You may be surprised to know that pineapple has many health benefits.  Here are the top 8 reasons you should include pineapple in your diet.

1.  Pineapple’s goodness is well packaged by nature

Unlike many other fruits, we don't eat the outer shell of the pineapple fruit. Consequently, consuming pineapple naturally presents less risk of exposure to pesticides and herbicides compared to most other fruits.

2.  Pineapple is low on bad stuff

Depending on your dietary needs, you may benefit from the low-sodium, low-fat, and low-cholesterol properties of pineapple.

3.  Pineapple is vitamin-rich

While pineapple is low on sodium, fat, and cholesterol, pineapple contains many beneficial vitamins. A one-cup serving of pineapple provides:
  • Vitamin C – as much as 131 percent of the daily adult requirement.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports the body's immune system and can prevent infections.
  • Vitamin B1 and vitamin B6 – 8.6 percent and 9 percent, respectively, of your daily adult requirement.  Vitamin B helps your body metabolize protein and fats.

4.  Pineapple is mineral-rich too!

As well as providing many vitamins, pineapple is also a source of these two essential minerals:
  • Copper – 9 percent of the adult daily requirement.  Copper aids in proper physical growth, iron absorption, and healthy aging. Dietary copper is also beneficial for connective tissues, hair, and eyes.
  • Folate – Pineapple contains 7.4 percent of your adult daily requirement.  Folate, also known as vitamin B 12 or folic acid, aids the body in many ways, including cell maintenance, cell repair, and metabolism.

5. Pineapple is a healthy source of dietary fiber

Getting the right amount of fiber in your diet ensures proper food digestion.  Fiber also reduces hunger sensations, making you feel more full, which can be useful if you are trying to lose weight.  As well, many studies show that fiber can reduce your risk of heart disease.  A cup of pineapple will get you 6 to 11 percent of your daily recommended intake. 

6.  Pineapple may reduce cancer risk

Ever hear of bromelain?  Bromelain is a compound found only in the fruit pulp and stem of pineapples. According to several studies, including one in 2008 by Duke University, testing with bromelain enzyme supplements, researchers concluded that bromelain can reduce your risk of acquiring ulcerative colitis, and even appears to inhibit cancer cell growth.

7. Pineapple may reduce asthma and arthritis symptoms

The bromelain in pineapple has also been shown to possess anti-inflammatory characteristics, potentially giving arthritis and asthma sufferers a natural way of reducing symptoms.  This anti-inflammatory benefit appears to be most effective when bromelain is consumed with certain other supplemental compounds, namely trypsin and rutosid.  The combination appears to be just about as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are at reducing osteoarthritis inflammation.

8.  Pineapple retains its nutritional value longer

As you probably know, most fruits begin to oxidize and lose their nutritional value after being exposed to air. But, according to a study reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, pineapple that has been cut open and chilled lost only trace amounts of its nutritional content after six days. Consequently, cubed pieces of fresh pineapple are an effective way to add zest to your workplace lunch or at a picnic, even if prepared the night before.

health risks of pineapple?

For the most part, the health benefits of pineapple far outweigh any health risks it may present. But you should be aware that pineapple, like most fruits, is high in sugar. While natural sources of sugar are generally believed to be much healthier for us then processed sugars, any sugar will be high in calories and can has the potential to negatively affect individuals with insulin sensitivities. 

Pineapple Recipes

Not all good-for-you foods are tasty, but pineapple certainly is.  To get the most out of your enjoyment of this tropical fruit, try some of these delicious pineapple recipes.
Isn't it nice to know that something as tasty as pineapple can also be good for you?  If you have any healthy pineapple recipes, please post them using the comments. 

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer