Do you know which fruit did Christopher Columbus introduce to Europe? No, you are wrong, it is not orange, its pineapple. Did you know that fresh pineapple provides 60 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin C?
Pineapple is the second most popular tropical fruit, next to bananas.Some people find pineapples as a very luxurious and even exotic fruit. Eating this delicious fruit on regular basis provides immense health benefits one could ever think off.
Pineapple is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes that all are good for digestive system.
It provides a balanced nutrition and helps in keeping an ideal weight. Delicious, healthy and nutritious pineapple has minimal fat and sodium with no cholesterol.
Pineapple contains a group of digestive enzymes called bromelain. Whenever there is inflammation, kinins are produced. The enzyme bromelain blocks the production of kinins during inflammation thus providing relief.
It also helps in reducing swelling caused by sore throat, acute sinusitis, arthritis and gout. It acts as a blood thinner and helps relieve symptoms of angina and thrombophlebitis. Bromelain dissolves the fibrin in blood clots and facilitates quicker wound healing.
If pineapple is eaten after meals it promotes quick digestion and if eaten between meals it reduces inflammation. It helps in the prevention of nausea, bronchitis, high blood pressure, constipation, colds, chronic digestive disturbance and arthritis.
Fresh pineapple juice is very beneficial as it kills the intestinal worms. It also stimulates the kidney that helps in removing toxic substances from the body and soothes the bile. Fresh juice has been found useful in fighting against diphtheria and other infections of the throat including the goiter.
The nutrition value of a raw pineapple per 100 gram provides the following nutrients:
Carbohydrates: 12.63 gm
Sugar: 9.26 gm
Fiber: 1.4 gm
Fats: 0.12 gm
Proteins: 0.54 gm
Vitamin B1: 0.079 mg
Vitamin B2: 0.031mg
Vitamin B3: 0.0489 mg
Vitamin C: 362 mg
Calcium: 13 mg
Iron: 0.28 mg
Magnesium: 12 mg
Phosphorus: 8 mg
Potassium: 115 mg
Apart from being eaten as a fresh fruit it can also be consumed as canned, frozen pineapple or by drinking pineapple juice. It can also be used in custards, ice creams and fruit salads.