The pineapple is a round, yellow-fleshed fruit surrounded by a rough skin and spiky, crown-like leaves on top. Although it may appear a little prickly on the outside, the inside has a deliciously sweet and juicy flesh (if you get the ripeness right). The pineapple is not only a taste sensation for those with a sweet tooth, but is also rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes..
The pineapple plant originates from the tropical and subtropical regions of South America and was already cultivated by indigenous peoples thousands of years ago. Due to its popularity, it is now cultivated in tropical climates all over the world.
Pineapple is sold fresh, frozen and canned, so it is available all year round. Fresh, the pineapple is at its tastiest and most nutritious, although patience is often needed to allow the fruit to fully ripen. Canned pineapple is convenient, but may contain added sugars. Natural enzymes as well as vitamins may be destroyed by the pasteurisation process killing pathogens. Frozen, pre-packaged pineapple chunks, on the other hand, are a great alternative! They are conveniently cut in chunks and have kept a high nutritional value due to being flash frozen - ideal for smoothies or baking.
5 health benefits of pineapple
1. Rich in bromelain
Pineapple can help your digestion not only because it is rich in fibre, but also because it contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain breaks down proteins into amino acids and peptides, which makes it a useful digestive aid. However, this is usually only the case when the body can no longer produce the digestive enzymes itself for medical reasons. If you want to find out more about natural digestive enzymes, you can read all about it here.
There also seems to be evidence that bromelain may be helpful in relieving symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
It is also thought to protect the cardiovascular system by helping to break down cholesterol deposits that could lead to atherosclerosis and may have a positive influence on blood clotting. To reap the full benefits of pineapple, make sure to try out the Gut Restore Mix!
2. Rich in manganese for healthy bones
Pineapple is one of the richest sources of manganese in the plant world. This mineral is important for the formation of healthy bones and connective tissues and can therefore play a role in the prevention of osteoporosis. It also plays an important role for the immune system and the cardiovascular system. 200 g of pineapple can cover your daily requirement!
3. Rich in B vitamins for a healthy immune system
Pineapple gives you a healthy dose of several B vitamins, including thiamine, niacin, B6 and folic acid. These nutrients help the body transform food into energy. They are also important for the formation of new red blood cells, which transport oxygen to organs and tissues.
4. Anti-inflammatory properties
High levels of inflammation in the body can lead to many diseases, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. A diet rich in potentially anti-inflammatory foods, such as pineapple, can help reduce or prevent inflammation in the body.
5. Vitamin C bomb for glowing skin
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, and one cup of pineapple can cover the recommended daily intake. Vitamin C is important for improved iron absorption, the formation of tissues in our bodies and as an antioxidant to fight free radicals. It also benefits the overall appearance of your skin and promotes a natural glow.
Did you know that the Forever Beautiful Mix is also rich in vitamin C? To truly nourish your skin from the inside out, add some Forever Beautiful on your pineapple snack or smoothie!
Is pineapple safe for everyone?
As long as you are not allergic to pineapple, it is perfectly safe for most people as part of a healthy, balanced diet. However, eating large quantities could cause digestive discomfort in some cases. You should also be a little careful with children, as the acid and enzymes in pineapple can be somewhat irritating to mucous membranes.
Fun Fact: In Vietnam, pineapple is often eaten with a little salt sprinkled on top. This helps to bring out the fruit's own flavour while reducing the acidity and thus the fuzzy feeling on the tongue. Sounds crazy, but it really is worth a try!