What You Should Know Before Eating Pineapples

Pineapple is scientifically known as Ananas Comosus filled with diverse nutrients. It’s rough and scaly skin grows from a cluster of berries that fuse together around a central, fibrous core when ripe, its green color changes to white or yellow with a distinctive aroma and a sweet juicy flavor.

Pineapple can be consumed fresh, dried canned as juice, or as a condiment in several recipes. One fresh pineapple of about 500 grams contains 50g of calories, 86% of water, 0.5 gram of protein, 13.1g of carbs, 9.9g of sugar, 1.4g of fiber, 0.1g of fat, 0.2g of omega-3, 0.2g of omega-6 and more nutrients.

There are lots of health and nutritional benefits in pineapple. The carbohydrate present in pineapple is typically simple sugar like fructose,, sucrose and  glucose. A cup of pineapple juice contains two grams and about 100% insoluble fiber.

Insoluble fibers reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and old healthy digestion. Pineapple has abundant vitamins and minerals. For instance, one cup of pineapple juice contains 132% of vitamin C, and this is an antioxidant vitamin that is required for immune function and healthy skin. Copper is another essential mineral in pineapple, and it plays many important functions in the body, such as being a co-factor in the red blood cells formation. Pineapple is equally enriched with foliate (B9), which is very important for tissue growth and normal cell function, especially during pregnancy.

Eating pineapple builds and fortifies bones because of its manganese content. It equally ensures healthy gum and teeth. Above all, pineapple is the only source of brome lain (a protein extract derived from the stems of pineapple).

A bromelain prevents cancer (colon cancer to be precise), boosts immune system, reduces inflammation, improves wound healing, prevents diarrhea and enhances gastrointestinal tract health. It also fights asthma and hypersensitive airway diseases, prevents and subdues cough and cold. Anthocyanin, a very powerful antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart disease

Mascular Degeneration (a health of vision) and relieves arthritis, can also be found in pineapples.

However, you need to know that pineapple may cause mouth and teeth irritation and in some cases, abominable pains, vomiting, etc.

It can prevent accumulations of blood platelets, and may have blood thinning effect. So, people on thinners medication should seek a physical’s advice before eating pineapple.

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