As the temperatures heat up, we enrich our daily diet with one of the best tropical superfruit also known as pineapple.
By eating fresh fruits on everyday bases we support our body with vital vitamins and minerals to sustain our health. Pineapple is no different. It can be used in the variable of mixed drinks and fruits, but today we will cloth and explain the 8 healthy and 7 fun facts about pineapple. Let’s start with the healthy ones.
1. THE BROMELAIN
The bromelain is an enzyme found in the core of the pineapple which helps to digest food by detaching the protein particles within it. While making our digestive system healthy, it’s great for detox and it’s widely known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties.
2. VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Famous for its unique benefits, pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. It is rich in fiber and calories (wait a second), it’s low in FAT and CHOLESTEROL. These facts make it a great superfood capable of sustaining our everyday life with extraordinary health.
3. MANGANESE MINERAL
Pineapple is also known for rich levels of manganese. The manganese mineral is an essential element for generating energy, while it’s protecting our cells from free radicals. It helps our body to use key nutrients such as thiamine and biotin, which keeps our bones healthy and helps synthesize fatty foods.
4. IT PREVENTS HYPERTENSION
For people who have high blood pressure, or want to avoid getting (including every human on this earth) should insert pineapples in their diet. Pineapples have a high amount of potassium and a low amount of sodium. This fact proves that our body will maintain normal blood pressure levels.
5. ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES
As there is no particular cure for cancer, pineapple has the effect of preventing it. Pineapples are full of antioxidants and they help fight against free radicals. Free radicals are a group of atoms that execute major damage when they come in contact with your DNA. Antioxidants prevent free radicals from doing damage in your body by keeping cells healthy. Imagine as every bite of pineapple sending a group of Spartans to protect your DNA – the thing the keeps balance in your body.
6. PREVENTS COUGHS AND COLDS
As recently mentioned, pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which means it boosts our immune system. This helps you fight off coughs and colds (kind of obvious). Even after we get the cold, we can still glean the benefits of pineapple because it contains bromelain (#1), which release mucus and suppresses coughs.
7. WEIGHT LOSS SUPER-FOOD
The first reason why this fruit contributes to weight loss is the very high water content. High water content foods have the ability to make you feel full for a while and are also essential for your body’s weight loss. And the second reason why pineapples help shed a couple of pounds is the fact that it is a ticket to one of the golden rules in weight loss goals, and that is curbing appetite.
8. IT KEEPS GUMS HEALTHY
Even though we wash our teeth a couple of times a day, pineapple has such high vitamin C content that by eating the fruit we lower the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Even though periodontal disease destroys gum tissue and jawbones, it has been also linked to heart diseases, strokes, and diabetes. To sum it all up, pineapple is one hell of a super fruit to be departed from our everyday diet. It has millions of benefits linked to sustaining our everyday health and has a delicious taste. The taste even makes it hard to make us believe that it’s healthy. I can sometimes choose pineapple over a Nutella on bread!
FUN FACTS ABOUT PINEAPPLE
Away from the hundred healthy benefits of pineapple, there is also a behind-the-curtain of why the pineapples have a funny history.
1. PINEAPPLE DISCOVERY
In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus found pineapples on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean. The fruit is also native to southern Brazil and Paraguay.
2. PINEAPPLES IN COLONIAL AMERICA
American colonists regarded pineapples as a luxurious treat because of their rarity and cost.
3. PINEAPPLE ANATOMY
Pineapple is the result of many flowers whose fruit-lets have joined around the core.
4. PINEAPPLES IN HAWAII
Historically, Hawaii was the world’s largest pineapple producer and source for U.S. pineapples. Today the largest producers include the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
5. PINEAPPLE SELECTION
Pass over sour-smelling or bruised pineapples. Fruit from Hawaii or Central America tends to be freshest.
6. PINEAPPLE CARE
To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before cutting.
7. PINEAPPLE CALORIES
One cup of pineapple has 70 to 85 calories. Everything adds up as a funny and healthy story of how we need to find a way to lurk those pineapples in our everyday diet. Stay healthy. Peace!