Today's Fruit Topic, Pineapple
When we think of pineapple, we imagine islands, sun, and ocean water. Pineapple is so commonly seen in everyone's kitchen nowadays. And honestly, that's a great thing! I added this delicious fruit to my diet years ago. It's easy to cut and take with you, anywhere.
Adding pineapple to your diet can help in so many ways. Just one cup of fresh-cut pineapple offers you 131% of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for many reasons, but here are just a few. It is an important vitamin and antioxidant that the body uses to keep you strong and healthy. It's used in the maintenance of bones, muscle, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also assists in the formation of collagen and helps the body absorb iron. (I won't lie, I'm already sold!)
Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which might play a role in a range of different health benefits. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pineapples decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease.
It also promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
The following are possible benefits of eating pineapple
- Age-related macular degeneration - In one prospective study from 2004, people who ate 3 or more servings per day of all fruits demonstrated a decreased risk and slowed the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
- Asthma prevention - The risks of developing asthma are lower in people who consume beta-carotene. It is found in orange, yellow and dark green plant foods, such as pineapple.
- Blood pressure - Increasing potassium intake by consuming high potassium fruits and vegetables can help with lowering blood pressure.
- Cancer - As an excellent source of vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, pineapples can help combat the formation of free radicals. These are linked to the development of cancer.
- Diabetes - Individuals with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets tend to have lower blood glucose levels, and individuals with type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels.
- Digestion - Pineapples help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
- Fertility - Antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility.
- Healing and Inflammation - Some studies have shown that bromelain, primarily in the stem, can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgical intervention.
- Heart health - The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pineapple all promote heart health.
- Skin - Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of the skin.
Pineapple is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. It's a healthy snack, not only for myself; but for my kids as well. It's eaten raw, grilled, in salads, tacos, and pizza. (Don't judge, lol). Not only does it have so many benefits, but you can also take the top of the pineapple and grow your starter plant! A post is coming soon with a step by step guide on how to grow a pineapple plant from start.
Try these pineapple recipes and share your thoughts!