Don’t let their spiky appearance intimidate you! Pineapples are a nutrient-packed (and delicious) addition to any diet.
These tasty tropical fruits are packed with natural health benefits that will have you stocking up on your next trip to the grocery store.
Here are just a few of the benefits of adding pineapple to your meals and snacks:
- They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals: A single serving of pineapple will provide you with vitamin C, vitamin A, phosphorus, calcium and potassium, in addition to plenty of fiber. Plus, pineapples are naturally free of fat and cholesterol, and the complex fruit sugars are absorbed slowly by the body, making them a far healthier snack than those filled with refined sugars.
- Pineapples can help promote strong bones: The calcium and manganese found in pineapples work together to strengthen bones and joints. Manganese is used by the body to repair damaged tissue and grow new bones. Happily, just one cup of pineapple contains almost three-quarters of your required manganese intake for the day.
- They’re packed with antioxidants: Pineapples contain flavonoids, carotenes, and polyphenols, which help to neutralize and remove toxins from the bloodstream and liver. Your liver works hard every day to detoxify your blood, and the natural detoxifying agents in pineapples make that job easier.
- Pineapples boost digestive health: The combination of soluble and insoluble fiber in pineapples enables them to pass through your system slowly, promoting gut motility. These nutrients also aid in the growth of healthy probiotics.
- Pineapples are one of the only known substances to contain bromelain: If you’ve ever noticed tenderness in your mouth after eating too much pineapple, you’ve experienced the effects of bromelain. This substance has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease the symptoms of inflammatory conditions.
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