Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pineapple’s Health Benefits

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit. It is native to the southern part of Brazil, and Paraguay. Pineapple is commonly used in desserts and other types of fruit dishes, or on its own. Pineapples are the only bromeliad fruit in widespread cultivation. 

Anti Cancer : Recent studies show that consuming pineapple prevents cancer.

Great appetizer : Pineapple is a great appetizer. It increases appetite.

Aids Digestion : Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which digests food by breaking down protein.

Reduces throat irritation : Pineapple reduces throat irritation.

Avoid Pineapple if : Pineapples should not be consumed by those with Hemophilia or by those with kidney or liver disease, as it may reduce the time taken to coagulate a consumer's blood.

Quick tip : To tell if a pineapple is ripe at a grocery store, shoppers should make sure the "eyes," or markings on the fruit, are uniform in size from top to bottom.

How to have it : Have it as whole instead of juice this way you can get more out of it as you will not only get vitamins and minerals which you get through juice but you can get additional fibre by having it as whole. You can add it salads and have a nice sweet and sour taste. You can also grill it and have it in your sandwiches.

Raw Pineapple’s Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) : [Pineapple is a good source of manganese (91 %DV in a 1 cup serving), as well as containing significant amounts of Vitamin C (94 %DV in a 1 cup serving) and Vitamin B1 (8 %DV in a 1 cup serving).]
Energy 50 kcal 200 kJ
Carbohydrates 12.63 g
- Sugars 9.26 g
- Dietary fiber 1.4 g  
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 0.54 g
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.079 mg 6%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.031 mg 2%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.489 mg 3%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.205 mg 4%
Vitamin B6 0.110 mg 8%
Folate (Vit. B9) 15 μg 4%
Vitamin C 36.2 mg 60%
Calcium 13 mg 1%
Iron 0.28 mg 2%
Magnesium 12 mg 3% 
Phosphorus 8 mg 1%
Potassium 115 mg 2%
Zinc 0.10 mg 1%
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

1 comment:

  1. Personally I love pineapple fruit. Pineapple gave health benefits for everyone, it also sweet and delicious. it good for the diet.


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