What Does Pineapple Do For Your Body?
The benefits of pineapple are numerous. In fact, it could quite possibly be nature’s perfect fruit! Have a look below at the top 9 reasons to start including it in your diet. And don’t forget to share!
1) Pineapple is a Great Source of Nutrients
Beyond the vitamins and minerals that most fruits provide, pineapple offers a rich source of some of the lesser known micronutrients that your body needs. Because it’s also low in calories, fresh pineapple is a very healthy snack choice if you want to curb your hunger or are in need of some quick energy. One cup of pineapple contains just 80 calories, no fat, and one gram of protein. It also contains 15 grams of sugar, which is a rather high amount and can cause a blood sugar spike in diabetics. If you do not need to watch your intake of fructose, pineapple is a healthy food for supplementing your diet.
2) Pineapple Helps With Digestion
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 to break down food and reduce bloating. Because heat processing destroys it, bromelain is found only in fresh pineapples. This is why it is good to eat the pineapples after you have a hearty meal.
Bromelain is also used today in supplement form to reduce inflammation after surgery and to treat nasal swelling during sinus infections. Bromelain may also ease pain from osteoarthritis.
3) The Pineapple is a Good Diuretic
For those who struggle with water retention, the pineapple can offer an excellent natural choice to deal with this problem.
4) Pineapple Prevents Fat Storage
Most people believe that the pineapple is able to burn fats in the body; however, recent scientific findings show that while the pineapple does prevent deposition of a new fat, it has a little effect on decreasing already existing body fat.
5) Pineapple Destroys Free Radicals
One of the best benefits of pineapple is that it helps destroy free radicals! The latest studies reveal that the pineapple contains anti carcinogenic agents. Pineapple may play a role in keeping your cells healthy. A cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains 70 milligrams of vitamin C and 95 milligrams of vitamin A, supplying you with all the vitamin C you need each day and about 1/5 of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These compounds protect healthy cells from the threat of destructive atoms called free radicals and heal damaged cells. An abundance of damaged cells might result in premature aging and the development of various diseases.
a An example is macular degeneration. This disease is the leading cause in adults for vision loss. It is caused by retina damage. Daily activities such as reading, recognizing faces and some other things become a lot more difficult because of this problem. Including pineapple in your diet will lower risk of this disease by as much as 35 percent. This is because this tropical fruit contains ß carotene that is good for your sense of sight.
6) Pineapple Helps Develop Strong Bones
One cup of raw pineapple gives you 1.55 milligrams of manganese, a mineral that helps develop strong bones and connective tissues. Doctors recommend men get 2.2 milligrams of manganese a day and that women get 1.9 milligrams. Older adults, who are at a higher risk for brittle bones, could benefit from adding pineapple to their meals to ensure they get enough of the nutrient.
7) Pineapple is a Good Source of Copper
This tropical fruit can prevent blood clots and marble bone diseases. Copper helps your body produce hemoglobin and promotes wound healing. A copper deficiency can cause osteoporosis, anemia, thyroid problems and a low white blood cell count. Doctors recommend adults get 699 milligrams of copper a day. Foods highest in copper include crustaceans, beef, mushrooms and mollusks. Fortunately, a cup of pineapple chunks gives you about 151 milligrams of this mineral, more than 1/5 of the amount you need every day.
8) Pineapple Can Help Strengthen Gums
People are always very concerned with their teeth; however, many times they forget to give importance to their gums. Because gums hold the teeth in place, gum health is equally important. If you have unhealthy gums, your teeth will be in bad condition and eventually fall out! Pineapple eating will strengthen the gums and help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
9) Pineapple Tastes Amazing and it Helps Prepare Your Body for Intense Exercise
Pineapple has a medium GI index score of 56, making it a perfect food source to fuel your workouts. It absorbs fast enough to get into your bloodstream for immediate use, and slow enough for it to remain in your system throughout your workout. (Pineapple is also a great food source to help you refuel afterwards). Try consuming 1 – 2 cups of pineapple chunks about 30 minutes before your next weight training session and measure your intensity level throughout the workout. The 20 – 40 grams of carbohydrates should help you left heavier, recover quicker, and exercise longer! Not bad for something that tastes amazing! Who said eating clean had to be difficult?