Whether you like pineapple on a pizza or not — there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. You can enjoy grilled pineapples, pineapples in a pastry or a pie, or simply devour them with a bit of chaat masala — the options are plenty. But it’s not just its juicy flavour that is loved, this tropical food also comes with a variety of health benefits. Pineapples are a good source of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and can also help aid digestion. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps the skin and tissues heal and may also provide pain relief for people with osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The fruit is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese, etc.
Speaking with indianexpress.com, Guru Prasad Das, Senior Dietitian, CARE Hospitals, Bhubaneswar sais, “Pineapple offers several health benefits due to its nutrient content and bioactive compounds”.
The nutritional profile of one pineapple can vary depending on its size, but on average, a pineapple (approximately 905 grams) contains:
– Calories: 452
– Carbohydrates: 119 grams
– Fiber: 13 grams
– Protein: 5 grams
– Fat: 1 gram
– Vitamin C: 432% of the Daily Value (DV)
– Manganese: 131% of the DV
– Vitamin B6: 28% of the DV
– Copper: 20% of the DV
– Thiamin: 17% of the DV
– Folate: 16% of the DV
– Potassium: 15% of the DV
– Magnesium: 13% of the DV
– Niacin: 11% of the DV
Pineapple offers various health benefits, Das shared them as:
1. Vitamin C: Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which is important for immune function, collagen synthesis, and antioxidant protection.
2. Bromelain: Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which may have anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits.
3. Antioxidants: Pineapple is a good source of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and various phytochemicals, which help protect against oxidative stress and cellular damage.
4. Digestive health: Bromelain in pineapple may aid digestion by breaking down proteins and promoting the absorption of nutrients.
5. Immune system support: The high vitamin C content in pineapple supports immune function and helps fight against infections.
Diabetics generally do not need to give up consuming pineapple altogether, but portion control and moderation are key. “While pineapple does contain natural sugars, it also provides fiber, which helps slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream,” said Das, adding that it is important for diabetic individuals to monitor their blood sugar levels and work with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian to “determine the appropriate portion size and frequency of pineapple consumption”.
Eating pineapple is generally safe for pregnant women when consumed in moderation. “However, pregnant women should consult with their healthcare provider for personalised advice, especially if they have any specific health conditions or concerns,” says Das.
Below are the things you need to keep in mind when consuming pineapple, they are:
1. Allergies: Some individuals may be allergic to pineapple. If you have known allergies, it’s important to be cautious and avoid pineapple or consult with a healthcare professional.
2. Moderation: While pineapple is nutritious, consuming it in excessive amounts can lead to digestive discomfort due to its bromelain content. It’s best to consume pineapple as part of a balanced diet.
3. Interaction with medications: Bromelain in pineapple may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners. If you are taking any medications, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure there are no contraindications.
4. Oral health: The acidic nature of pineapple may potentially irritate the mouth or gums in some individuals. If you experience any discomfort, consider consuming pineapple in a different form (e.g., canned or cooked) or consulting with a dentist.
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