Pineapple is a fruit that provides iodine, vitamin C, organic acids and bromelain, according to the English Nutrition Foundation (FEN).
In addition, he explained that pineapple is a source of vitamin C that contributes to the protection of cells against oxidative damage and iodine that contributes to normal energy metabolism and the production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.
Additionally, the Mapfre health portal indicated that pineapple consumption is good for the stomach, since “it contains an enzyme known as bromelain or bromelain and it is a proteolytic enzyme, which means that it helps in the digestion of proteins.” , facilitating it. So this fruit is an excellent ally to improve digestion, especially in meals rich in protein.
Regarding consumption, the Portuguese portal for health, nutrition and well-being, Tua Saúde, revealed that this fruit can be eaten fresh, dehydrated, canned, added to various preparations such as juices, salads, yogurts, desserts and sweets.
On the other hand, among the non-nutritive components of pineapple, organic, citric and malic acids stand out, responsible for its acid flavor. In fact, fruits harvested prematurely are acidic and poor in nutrients.
That said, Tua Saúde explained that to obtain these benefits, one thick slice (80 g) of pineapple should be consumed per day.
Now, to choose a good pineapple, you have to make sure that the leaves are green and they should come off easily, because if they are brown or dry-looking, it is not fully ripe or it has gone too far.
In addition, when it is touched it must be hard and heavy, because when it sinks it is synonymous with past.
Regarding the color, it should be yellow, bordering on gold, but if it has many green areas, it is not yet at its point.
For its part, it is important to point out that once the pineapple is broken, it must be consumed quickly, but if the idea is to save it, a good option is to break it, put it in bags and freeze it and, to thaw it, it must be thawed correctly, that is, it is best to thaw it in the fridge and not at room temperature.
Along the same lines, it should be noted that if freezing is done correctly, the nutritional value does not change significantly, so its nutrient content is practically the same.
Nutritional information per 100 grams of pineapple
- Energy: 48 calories
- Carbohydrates: 12.3g
- Potassium: 131mg
- Proteins: 0.9g
- Vitamin B1: 0.17mg
- Fats: 0.1g
- Vitamin C: 34.6mg
- Fibers: 1g
- Calcium: 22mg
Other benefits of pineapple
According to Tua Saúde, pineapple consumption has the following health benefits:
- “Acts as an anti-inflammatoryfor being rich in bromelain, mainly its peel;
- It prevents illnesses heart disease and cancer, because it is rich in vitamin C;
- Reduces the risks of thrombosisbecause it contains bromelain and antioxidants;
- Relieves pain in the jointsfor acting as an anti-inflammatory;
- Improves skin and hair healthfor being rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene;
- Reduces muscle pain after training, because it is anti-inflammatory and promotes muscle recovery.
In any case, before consuming any food, the first thing to do is consult the treating physician or a nutritionist so that they can guide the process and indicate what is most appropriate for each person, since the above recommendations are not the indicated for all people, since the information given above is in no way a substitute for medical advice.