Looking for a delicious and healthy tropical fruit to snack on? Look no further than the pineapple, the popular fruit indigenous to South America.
Here are 5 healthy reasons to eat pineapple!
Filled with Vitamins and Nutrients
Pineapples are full of essential vitamins and minerals including more than a 100% daily value of vitamin C. Other healthy vitamins and minerals found in pineapples are vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. The juicy fruit is also low in fat and cholesterol, and provides around 13 grams of fiber per 905 gram serving.
It Maintains the Strength of Bones
Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese, with 76% daily value in one US cup serving. Manganese is used by your body to build bone and is fundamental in keeping your bones strong. People with osteoporosis tend to have lower levels of manganese in their system, so eating pineapple is a great way to add it to your diet. (Blueberries also contain a high level of manganese, which is found in That’s It. Apples + Blueberries.)
It Improves Digestion
Bromelain is a powerful enzyme found in pineapple that neutralizes body fluids, ensuring that they are not too acidic. Bromelain also regulates the secretions in the pancreas and maintains the health of the digestive system with its protein-digesting properties. While pineapple is probably not something you would want to eat with every meal, a couple slices, a cup of pineapple juice, or a That’s it Apple + Pineapple bar will help keep the stomach relieved.
In addition to helping your stomach out, Bromelain can also be helpful in alleviating the pains of arthritis. Bromelain reduces inflammation, in a way similar to aspirin. This makes it a potential anti-inflammatory agent; while the Food and Drug Administration has not approved bromelain as an arthritis treatment, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database proposes that it can be used in conjunction with Trypsin and Rutin. This combination is as beneficial as certain prescription analgesics for osteoarthritis.
Pineapples contain antioxidants that combat free radicals in the body, preventing the damage of specific cells. This is useful for fighting against various cancers and heart diseases.
All in all, pineapples are a smart choice to eat. Hopefully, these 5 healthy reasons to eat pineapple will have convinced you to include the tropical fruit in your daily diet!