15 Reasons Why You Need To Eat More Pineapple
By Kat Gal
When we started dating, my husband called me a “choco-pine-aholic,” referring my love for chocolate and pineapples.
I have written about the benefits of chocolate – as in raw cacao, not processed milk chocolate – so today, let’s just focus on pineapples. They are hands down my favorite fruit.
They are not only delicious, but also incredibly healthy for you. They can help with digestive issues, reduce inflammation in your body and give you glowing skin, among many other benefits.
Here Are 15 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Pineapples:
1. They Are Packed With Nutrients
They are abundant in important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese and calcium
2. They Help Strengthen Your Bones
Thanks to their high manganese content, your body is able to build strong bones and connective tissues. Let’s not forget about calcium and magnesium either as two necessary minerals for bone health.
3. They Can Improve Your Digestion
Pineapple contains bromelain, which is essential for digestion by how it regulates pancreatic secretion.
4. They Help Protect Your Gums
Pineapples are abundant in vitamin C; a single cup provides over 100% of your daily need. Vitamins C is known to lower your risk of gingivitis and gum disease.
5. They Can Help Prevent Cancer
Pineapples are abundant in antioxidants and can aid your body in fighting free radical damage, helping keep your body cancer free.
6. They Can Reduce Inflammation And Support Recovery
The bromelain in pineapples has shown to reduce inflammation, bruising, swelling and pain and can help increase recovery speed associated with injury or surgery.
7. They Can Alleviate Arthritis Pain
Pineapple is a very anti-inflammatory food and therefore, may help with your arthritis symptoms as well as with similar problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
8. They Can Prevent Hypertension
They can help regulate your blood pressure because of their high potassium content.
9. They Help Your Skin
Again, they are abundant in vitamin C, which aids in collagen production, which is essential for maintaining healthy and glowing skin.
10. They Help Prevent Colds And Flus
Because they are incredibly high in vitamin C, pineapples boost your immune system, helping it to prevent and fight colds, flus and coughs. Its bromelain content also can work as a cough suppressant.
11. They Help You Lose/Maintain Your Weight
They are high in fiber, low in calories and high in nutrients and therefore, fill you up quickly, providing essential nourishment to your body and aiding in elimination.
12. They Can Help Your Upset Stomach
Pineapple juice can help with morning sickness and/or general nausea.
13. They Help Protect Your Eyes
They are not carrots, but they are still a rich source of beta-carotene, which is known to help protect your eye health.
14. They Help Prevent Blood Clots
Thanks to the bromelain, they can help protect your body from blood clots.
15. They Boost Your Fertility
They are full of antioxidants, zinc, vitamin C, beta-carotene and folate, all of which are necessary for – and known to improve – fertility.
Reading this list, I am pretty sure that is has become pretty clear that pineapples are superfruits.
How To Use Pineapples:
- The best way to enjoy pineapples is cutting them up into chunks and eating them raw.
- You can add them to your fruit salads for breakfast or as a snack, or add them to your green salad for lunch or dinner.
- You can add pineapples to your green smoothies or juices, or you can juice them as they are.
- You can add them to your salsas and other dips.
- Adding pineapples to your stir-fries, Asian inspired dishes, or pizzas adds an extra sweet, yet tangy flavor with extra nutrients.
Here is my favorite Avocado Pineapple Salsa recipe for you to try out:
- 1 avocado
- About 3 slices worth of pineapple, or as much as you would like (I used fresh pineapple, but it may work with canned)
- 5-6 cherry tomatoes (or more if you like tomatoes!), or ½ – 1 regular tomato
- ¼ onion
- 3 sweet red pepper
- 1 Thai pepper (you can use jalapeno or whatever other spicy pepper you like)
- Handful of fresh cilantro
- Juice of one lemon (or lime, but I only had lemon)
- Cut the avocado in half, peel, take out the pit and dice it into tiny pieces.
- Cut the pineapple into tiny pieces.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters or however you would like.
- Finely chop the sweet peppers, the Thai (or whatever spicey) pepper, the onion and the cilantro.
- Put everything into a bowl in whatever order, but start with the avocado and finish with the tomato. Add the lemon (or lime) juice. Mix well. Add the salt. Mix well again.
- Let it chill in the fridge for half an hour or so.
If you have any delicious and fun recipes using pineapples, please share them with us in the comments below. We would love to try them out!
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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