Why are pineapples good for you?
We all know that eating fresh fruit provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy, and pineapple is no different. Tropical pineapples have lots of important properties that are essential in keeping you healthy. Here are some of the main nutritional benefits of pineapples:
- The Bromelain enzyme is generally found in the stem or core of a pineapple and helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles within it. Promoting a healthy digestive system, it’s great for a natural detox and has also been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties.
- Pineapple is low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol while being a rich source of fibre, so it’s the perfect weight loss food – have a look at our healthy pineapple recipes for some tasty and nutritious snack ideas.
- An excellent source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants essential for collagen synthesis, Vitamin C also helps to maintain the integrity of your blood vessels, skin, organs and bones.
- Increasing your daily intake of antioxidants is also great for boosting your immune system, which means you’ll be able to fight off colds and flus during winter.
- Pineapple is also known for its high level of manganese. The Manganese mineral is an essential element for energy production, while protecting your cells from free radicals. It helps your body use key nutrients including thiamine and biotin, keeps your bones healthy and helps synthesise fatty foods.
- Pineapple is also a rich source in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, which helps your immune system, eyesight and protects from free radicals; Vitamins B1 and B6 which are good for energy production and the breakdown of sugars and starches in your digestive system; copper, which helps red blood cell synthesis; and potassium, which assists in controlling the heart rate and blood pressure.
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So to sum up, eating pineapple is good for your body both inside and out – eating a few slices of fresh pineapple a day can defend your body from harmful free radicals and disease, help your digestion by cleaning the body’s organs and blood, increase your energy intake and boost metabolism, nourish your hair, skin, nails and teeth and keep you generally healthy - plus it tastes great!
Have a look at our pineapple recipes for some delicious ways to introduce pineapple into your diet.
Bromelain is a digestive enzyme that aides in the digestive process by breaking down proteins. The highest concentration of Bromelain is found in the stem of pineapples, though there are sufficient levels through all the flesh of the fruit for your daily dietary requirements.
Surprisingly, this enzyme does not occur naturally in any other fruit or vegetable species, making pineapples (and supplements derived from them) your only possible source of Bromelain.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROMELAIN
The Bromelain enzyme assists in breaking down foods in the digestive system, while also cleansing the body of toxins and counteracting the harmful bacterial and viral effects on the body. While the benefits of healthy digestion are reason enough to include pineapples in your diet, there are a many more health benefits provided by Bromelain:
Bromelain is used as a drug in surgery to keep the blood thin and prevent it from clotting. A diet that includes regular intake of natural Bromelain in pineapples acts as a simple, natural anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling, and can ease the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. It even has an effect on inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis and eczema.