Fresh pineapple is low in
calories. It is a storehouse of several unique
health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential
for optimum health.
100 g fruit provides just about 50 calories
equivalent to that of apples. Its flesh contains no saturated fats or
cholesterol; however, it is rich source of soluble and insoluble
dietary fiber like pectin. Pineapple or fresh pineapple juice consumed before meals reduces appetite and constitutes a good complement to weight-loss diet.
Pineapple fruit contains a
proteolytic enzyme bromelain
that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has
anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies
have shown that consumption of pineapple regularly helps fight against
arthritis, indigestion and worm infestation.
-Stomach cancer: It has been shown that pineapple is a powerful inhibitor of the formation of nitrosamines. These carcinogenic substances form in the stomach as a chemical reaction between nitrites and certain proteins contained in foods
Fresh pineapple is an
excellent source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin C. 100 g
fruit contains 47.8 or 80% of this vitamin. Vitamin C is
required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main
structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity
of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods
rich in vitamin C helps the body protect from scurvy; develop
against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful,
pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
It also contains small
amount Vitamin A (provides 58 IU per 100 g) and beta-carotene levels.
These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A
is also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin
and essential for vision. Studies have suggested that
natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body to protect from
oral cavity cancers.
In addition, this fruit is rich
B-complex group of vitamins like folates,
thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and
minerals like copper,
and potassium. Potassium is an
important component of cell and body fluids, helps controlling heart
rate and blood pressure. Copper is a helpful cofactor for red blood
synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the
dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Manganese is also actively involved in the formation of reproductive cells, both male and female. It is therefore recommended for those suffering from sterility due to insufficient production of germinal cells (sperm in men and ova in women).
1 cup of pineapple chunks contains:
- Calories: 74 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
- Protein: 0.9 g
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Glycemic Index: Medium
- Add to salad or make this easy Pineapple salsa to accompany grilled seafood
- Include pineapple in your smoothies
- Top sandwiches or burgers with pineapple slices
- Serve grilled pineapple slices for dessert: Cut a fresh pineapple into thick rings, lightly brush with canola oil, and grill for 2 minutes on each side