Pineapples are very delicious tropical fruits that are wealthy in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and consuming them regularly can improve your health in many ways.
Pineapples begin in South and Central America and are an individual from the Bromeliaceae species. The name was given in the 17th century when explorers found out that the fruit looked like pine cones.
Pineapples have a sweet yet tart taste, and the organic product is delicious and yellow when ready. Pineapples can be effectively added to your eating routine, added in detox smoothies, juiced, or eaten raw. You can crush the fruit and add it to yogurt, desserts, ice creams and cakes.
This fruit is a rich source of fiber and vitamins, but low in calories. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a single cup of pineapple chunks which is about 165 grams can provide:
- 16.25 g sugar
- 0.89 g protein
- 28 mg omega-3 fatty acids
- 181 mg potassium (5% RDI)
- 20 mg magnesium (5% RDI)
- 6 mg calcium (2% RDI)
- 5 mg manganese (77% RDI)
- 2 mg vitamin B6 (9% RDI)
- 1 mg thiamin (9% RDI)
- 30 g folate (7% RDI)
- 79 g vitamin C (133% RDI)
- 2.3 g fiber (9% RDI)
- 82 calories
Pineapples are a rich source of Vitamin K and vitamin A, also they contain B-group vitamins, as well as phosphorus, copper, zinc, and iron. In a 100 g portion of pineapple, there are 6 g of carbohydrates.
Also they are high in bromelain, which is an enzyme that improves digestive disorders, treats osteoarthritis, soothes pain, treats muscle soreness and fights inflammation. Bromelain is contained in the stem and fruit of the pineapples.
Here are some health benefits of this tropical fruit:
-- The calming impact of pineapples reduce the discomfort and pain from osteoarthritis, and bromelain mitigates joint pain.
-- Pineapples are wealthy in antioxidants like ascorbic acid, flavonoids, and phenolics, that counteract premature aging and free radical damage.
-- Bromelain supports blood circulation and improves cardiovascular health, supports the heart and also prevents from blood clots.
-- The many antioxidants in pineapples shield the eyesight from macular degeneration, and they are likewise wealthy in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which improve vision.
-- The high vitamin C levels in pineapples help the immune system and counteract bacterial and viral respiratory infections.
-- Pineapples battle inflammation in our body and prevent from more serious diseases.
-- A glass of pineapple juice every day prevents the creation of kidney stones as it brings down uric acid levels and protects from gout.
-- Pineapples relieves from sore throat and coughs, just as other symptoms of a cold. To treat and soothe a cough, mix it with cayenne pepper, honey, ginger and lemon juice, and consume this natural “syrup” 2-3 times every day.
-- The various antioxidants and beneficial compounds in pineapples treat oxidative stress, chronic pain and offer some anticancer properties.
-- Pineapples are able to improve the digestion and the digestive health, bromelain is able to treat digestive issues and intestinal disorders, such as IBS, inflammation, constipation, excess gas, fatty stool and indigestion.
When you buy pineapples, ensure you pick the ones that are heavy, with dark green leaves, that have no soft spots, wrinkled skin or bruises. To get the most antioxidants out of a pineapple, choose the ripe ones.
You can keep them at room temperature for a couple of days, and after a while, store them in the cooler. Frozen pineapples can be kept for as long as a half year, yet their flavor will be almost gone.
Coconut Pineapple Muffins
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple coarsely chopped
- Cooking spray
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 & 1/4 cups light coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- For glaze:
- 2 teaspoons light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Pineapple slices and shaved coconut for garnish
Preheat the stove to 400 degrees, and in a huge bowl, blend the flours, preparing powder, sugar, heating soft drink, and salt. Make a well in the focal point of blend.
In another bowl, mix the coconut milk, eggs and oil with the first mixture. Stir until it is moist. Delicately overlap in pineapple and coconut drops, and spoon the hitter into biscuit containers which have been recently fixed with paper wrappers.
Bake the muffins at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes, and after that expel them from the pan.
Let them cool on a wire rack. In a bowl, blend powdered sugar and coconut milk, and sprinkle the coating offer the biscuits. Use coconut shavings and pineapple cuts to decorate them.
- 3/4 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 & 1/2 cups of pineapple juice
- 1 & 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana cut in half
- Mint sprigs and fresh pineapple wedges for garnish
Put the vanilla Greek yogurt, frozen pineapple and banana in the blender, and blend until the mixture is smooth, then garnish with the mint sprigs and the pineapple wedges.
Pineapple & Papaya Digestive Smoothie Recipe
- A sprig of mint
- 2 tablespoons of plain bio yogurt
- 1/2 papaya (cubed)
- 2 slices of pineapple
- 1/2 lemon (optional)
Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture is homogeneous. You can also add a little bit of water, and drink the smoothie in order to improve your digestion. Consume it after meals.
Pineapple juice is a rich source of sugar, and the fruit has a medium glycemic index, therefore consume the fruit in moderate amounts if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. And if you are taking bromelain supplements, make sure that you consult yourself with a physician, since the supplements can interact with the medications, and cause some unpleasant side-effects.