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Apr 9, 2019

Pineapple: Proven Health Benefits, Calories, Juice Benefits

By Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer

Pineapple is a delicious tropical fruit that is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy nutrients. People have used pineapples for their anti-inflammatory properties, benefits to digestion, and to boost the immune system. Consuming more fresh pineapple chunks or pineapple juice can help you get your daily dose of vitamin C.

One reason why pineapple is so good for you is that it contains an enzyme called bromelain. This pineapple enzyme has been linked to reducing inflammation and pain, improving digestive disorders, and alleviating muscle soreness.

In this article, I will look at what scientific research has revealed as to the benefits of pineapple.

What is Pineapple?

Pineapple is a sweet fruit that originates in Central and South America. Pineapple (Ananas comosus) belongs to the Bromeliaceae species. The pineapple plant, stem and fruit contain the digestive enzyme bromelain. Explorers in the 17th century coined the phrase “pineapple” because it resembles pine cones.

Ripe pineapple fruit is yellow and juicy, and is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients. People describe the taste of fresh pineapple chunks as having a sweet but tart taste.

The pineapple plant’s flowers produce berries that join together around the fruit’s core. The cone-like appearance of a pineapple is actually because of the individual fruitlets that join together around a central core and give pineapple a cylindrical shape.

Pineapple Uses and How to Include It in Your Diet

It is very easy to add more pineapple to your diet, especially as you can usually buy fresh pineapple all year round.

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Source: Healthy & Natural World

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