Beyond the minerals and vitamins that most fruits provide, pineapple offers a rich source of some of the lesser known micronutrients that your body needs. Nevertheless, Fresh pineapple is very healthy and low in calories fruit that can still your hunger. If you do not need to watch your intake of fructose, pineapple is a healthy food for supplementing your diet.
A cup of pineapple chunks is a refreshing and healthy snack, with 80 calories, no fat and one gram of protein. One cup of pineapple contains 15 grams of sugar a rather high amount that can cause a blood sugar spike in diabetics.
People have used pineapple to treat inflammation and indigestion. Not only does pineapple add juicy sweetness to your dishes but it also contains bromelain- a digestive enzyme that helps break down food to reduce bloating. The bromelain is found only in fresh pineapples as the heat processing destroys it. 100 g of pineapple supplies about 51 kcal. That is why it is good to eat the pineapples after you have a hearty meal.
Bromelain is used today as a supplement form to reduce inflammation after surgery and to treat nasal swelling during sinus infections; bromelain may also ease pain from osteoarthritis.