Pineapples grow with swordlike leaves on the central stalk of a wide plant.
Pineapple: Nutrition Facts, Health Benefits,  Health risks

Apples are tropical fruits rich in enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins. They can help improve the immune system, develop strong bones and help with indigestion. Yet pineapples are low in calories despite their sweetness.

According to the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plants, pineapples are part of the Bromeliad Family and are the only bromeliad that can grow edible fruit. The fruit consists of several berries, which grow around the center together. A single flower or berry is growing Pineapple size.

Pineapples have the same nutritional benefits as their unique anatomy. The San Diego based nutritionist Laura Flores stated that "pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese." These tropical fruits are also a good way of getting food and bromelain (enzyme) from essential sources.

Pineapples contain high amounts of Thiamin, a vitamin B that is a part of energy production, as well as high levels that are essential for antioxidant defenses, said Flores.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, for its sweetness a cup of Pineapple chunks contains only 74 calories. Fat free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium are also pineapples. They contain sugar, not surprisingly, with about 14 grams per bowl.

Nutrition facts

These are the raw Pineapple nutritional facts in the USA. Agriculture Department:

1 cup pieces (165 g) Serving size:

Amount for each portion:

  • Calories 74
  • Total Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 2 mg
  • Potassium 206 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g
  • Sugars 13.7 g
  • Protein 1g
  • Vitamin C 28 mg
  • Calcium 21 mg

Canoe Pineapple has a different nutritional profile than rough pineapple. In general, Pineapple canned is higher in calories and higher in sugar, according to the USDA. There are also fewer vitamins and minerals available. If you choose canned pineapple, try not adding Sugar to it, or search for a variety which is conserved in fruit juice rather than syrup.

Health benefits

According to the Institute of Linus Pauling at the Oregon State University, Pineapple contains significant quantities of vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant which combat cell damage. Vitamin C is therefore a good anti-heart disease and joint pain battle.

Pineapple can help you to remain strong and tall. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, one cup of raw Pineapple chunks is made up of 2.6 mg manganese, an essential mineral to build strong bones and connective tissue. In a study in 1994, manganese and other trace minerals were suggested to help prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

There are also other health benefits to the abundance of vitamins and minerals found in pineapples. "Pineapples can help, for example, reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects eyes as they age, partly because of its high level of vitamin C and antioxidants," Flores said.

Pineapple, like many other fruits and vegetables, contains dieting fiber, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is essential if you want to keep your bowels healthy.

But in contrast to many other fruit and veggies, an enzyme that breaks protein that, according to the American Cancer Society, can help digest it contained significant amounts of Bromelain. Many studies indicated that bromelain could be useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis as well.

Excessive inflammation is also related to cancer and the bromelain and other proteolytical enzymes showed a increase in animal survival rates with different tumors, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Flores found out that pineapples would contribute to the reduction of blood coagulation through their bromelain levels. Pineapple is a healthy option for fliers and other people who are vulnerable to blood clots.

According to University of Maryland Medical Center, in addition to the presence of lots of vitamin C, bromelain can help to reduce mucus in the throat and the nose. So try some Pineapple chunks if your cold is coughing you. Allergy patients may want to consider adding an ananas to their diets more often in order to minimize long-term sinus mucus

Health risks

"Since Pineapple is an excellent tenderizer for meats, eating too much can lead to mouth tenderness, including the lips , tongue and cheeks," said Flores. But if you notice or have an intense rash, hives or breathing difficulty, you should immediately seek medical attention, as you may be allergic to an anaple. "It must be solved within several hours.

Flores noted a potential negative effect on the high vitamin C levels of the pineapple. "We can induce diarrhea, nausea , vomiting , abdominal pain or heardburn, because the pineapples have a high amount of vitamin C," she said.

The University of Maryland Medical Center states that extremely high quantities of bromelain can cause skin rashes, vomiting , diarrhea and excessive menstrual bleeding. Many drugs can also be treated by Bromelain. Antibiotics, anticoagulants, thinners, anti-convulsants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, insomnia and tricyclics should not take too much pineapple.

It's dangerous, according to the horticultural department at Purdue University, to eat unripe Pineapple or drink unripe Pineapple juice. Pineapples are unripe and can cause serious diarrhea , vomiting, and toxic to humans. And avoid eating too much of the anaple core as fiber balls might develop in the digestive tract.


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