Pineapple is a tropical fruit superstar that you shouldn’t miss.
Do you remember the sticky sweetness of pineapple upside down cake? Recipes using canned pineapple were once potluck favorites, until the public became more aware of the ridiculous health risks of consuming refined sugar and corn syrup. But the fresh and delicious pineapple fruit shouldn’t be confused with the syrupy, canned impostor.
Why Bother With Pineapple?
The popularity of pineapple certainly suffered when low-carb diets became popular. But there are abundant reasons to indulge in pineapple, and here are our top four:
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C deficiency results in fatigue and malaise and general tissue damage. Adequate vitamin C, however, supports the immune system and builds the body’s resilience against disease and illness. One serving of fresh pineapple—about one cup—contains over 130% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.
- Manganese. Manganese supports bone health when absorbed with calcium, zinc, and copper. Manganese is abundant in pineapple, with 76% of the recommended daily allowance available in just one cup of fresh pineapple!
- Enzyme support. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects, in addition to contributing to wound healing and improving circulation. Bromelain is also associated with improved gastrointestinal health.
- Improved immunity. According to studies, pineapple may shorten the duration of sinus infections, increase immune responses, prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce inflammation. These properties are once again due to the high levels of bromelain in pineapple.
Pineapples can be enjoyed fresh, as a delicious juice, or dried (providing an extra high dose of fiber). While you’re looking for ways to enjoy pineapple in your daily routine, check out our Pineapple Protein Smoothie.