Pineapple is a tropical fruit, a sweet refreshing, juicy, fleshy, tropical fruit that has been enjoyed for ages, dating as far back as the 14th century. So what are the health benefits of pineapples? Read on to discover the full benefits of this tasty fruit.
There are over 37 varieties of pineapples which are grouped into four main classes, red Spanish, Queen, Abacaxi, and Smooth cayenne. The latter takes the crown because it grows the largest sometimes bringing in up to 10 pounds in weight.
Name– Ananas Comodus
Origin-Southern Brazil and Paraguay
Nutritional facts of 100 g of pineapple
- Calories – 80
- Sodium – 1.7 mg
- Potassium – 179 mg
- Total carbs – 22 g
- Dietary fiber – 2.3 g
- Sugars – 16 g
- Protein – 0.9 g
- Vitamin C – 131 %
- Vitamin B-6 – 10 %
- Magnesium – 5 %
- Manganese – 76 %
- Water – 142 g
What are the health benefits of pineapples?
Pineapples are a great source of vitamin c which help protect our cells and keeps us healthy therefore including pineapple into your diet may help with the following conditions;
- Helps boost the immune system
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration
- Helps promote digestion
- Helps reduce inflammation
- Reduces tumor growth
- Helps treat arthritis
- Helps reduce blood clots
- Decreases the risk of obesity
- Helps relieve cold symptoms
- Prevents asthma
- Helps Lower High Blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of colon and prostate cancer
- Reduces the risk of stroke
- Helps cure skin damage
Side effects of pineapples
Pineapples are usually safe to eat but consuming them in large quantities may result in the following;
- Tenderness of the mouth, lips, cheeks and tongue
- May cause rashes, hives or breathing difficulties
- Also diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain and heart burn
- Last but not least, thou shalt not eat or drink unripe pineapples!
Fun facts about pineapples
- Although originally from south America, most of the world’s pineapple is now produced in Asia. Thailand is said to be the largest producer in the region.
- One pineapple plant produces one pineapple every 2 years.
- Unripe pineapples taste vile and are very poisonous, if consumed may cause serious throat irritation and has a strong laxative effect.
- Long ago, people used pineapple juice as a diuretic and to induce labour
- Pineapple juice is also used as a meat marinade and tenderer.
- Most tropical countries sell pineapples along roadsides as snacks, pineapple juice is a popular drink and is a main ingredient in the piña colada cocktail.
- The top of the pineapple when cleaned and dried can be replanted to reproduce a new fruit.
- To make your pineapple fresher and juicier, leave it at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before cutting it.