It’s been said that the mighty tropical fruit Pineapple, was brought to Europe from Thailand around the 15th Century. It is full of nutrients and considered to be one of the best sources of Vitamin C. Pineapples are sweet, but they contain less fructose than other fruits, in fact, only 53% of sugar in this fruit is sucrose. It’s quite a healthy level!
- Rich in vitamin B1 (thiamine) which is the best for energy production and sugar metabolism. So, on a day you may feel low in energy go for some pineapple.
- High in trace minerals manganese and potassium, which helps to boost the immune system.
- Also contains vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorus, zinc and trace amounts of calcium.
- Rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and phenolic acids
- Enriched with a digestive function enhancing enzyme called Bromelain which specifically helps in healthy protein breakdown in the body.
- Some clinical studies have deduced that pineapples may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Many test-tube studies have shown that Bromelain can successfully inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Despite the sweetness, you will be surprised to know it is quite low in calories
- No cholesterol and no saturated fats
- 100g of pineapple provides roughly 50 calories.
Pineapples have such a long list of benefits! Studies have shown that consumption of pineapple on a regular basis helps to fight against many joint ailments like arthritis as well as helping with indigestion, chronic bloating, constipation and worm infestation.