Benefits of Pineapple

If you’re looking for a delicious treat, grab a Pineapple!  Rough on the outside, and sweet on the inside, Pineapple is one powerful fruit.

What are the benefits of Pineapple? A Pineapple has no cholesterol or fat, with little sodium.  There are some natural sugars in pineapple though, approximately 8 grams and 41 calories for a half cup.  Pineapples contain Vitamin B, Manganese, and Thiamin.  The mineral Manganese, helps protect your bone density and keep connective tissue stronger.  You want to avoid canned pineapple and consume fresh raw pineapple, due to syrup that is high in calories and sugar that is added to canned fruits.  You get the largest amount of vitamins and nutrients if pineapple is chunked fresh.

The Vitamin C found in pineapple is essential for eye health and can help prevent macular degneration.  Vitamin C, which is primarily a water-based soluble vitamin, gives pineapple anti-inflammatory/antioxidant benefits.  Antioxidants help to repair damaged cells in your body you can acquire from every day exposure.  This also boosts your immune system.  Pineapple also contains dietary fiber that is very essential while trying to lose weight.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that helps aid in digestion.  This enzyme helps to break apart proteins while going through our digestive system. Bromelain is found in the core of pineapple and is used to help treat inflammation, colds, and patients at risk for blood clots.

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