Health Benefits Of Pineapple

About Pineapple

Latin Name : Ananas cosmosus

In India, Pineapple is called Ananas.

Pineapple belongs to the family Bromeliaceae. The plant grows in tropical regions, is drought resistant and a perennial. The flowers are borne on an inflorescence and once they bloom the individual fruitlets coalesce to form a composite or multiple fruit in the form of the pineapple we see. The individual fruitlets can be identified by the eyes seen on the skin of the pineapple.

The fruit is cylindrical in shape with a crown of spiny leaves and has a rough and scaly skin. The fibrous flesh inside is yellow in color and the pineapple can grow to around a foot long. It has a sweet to tart taste. The skin color may range from green to yellow to yellow orange.Interestingly, the pineapple is sweeter at the base as it has a larger sugar content concentrated there as compared to the crown.

Pineapple can be cultivated from the crown cutting on the fruit or from the many side shoots or suckers that are produced in the leaf axils of the main stem once the first fruit is produced.

Pineapples first originated in South America but are grown in Thailand, Philippines, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, USA which are among the more than 80 countries of the world that pineapple is grown in.

Pineapple does not ripen once picked. Hence, choose ones that are sweet smelling at the stem end. Avoid buying ones with a musty, sour or fermented smell.

Uses Of Pineapple

Pineapple is consumed in a variety of ways - fresh, juiced or canned in desserts, jams, jellies, yogurt, ice creams, fruit salads etc. The leaves provide a fiber which is used in furnishings wall papers etc.

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Pineapple Inflorescence

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Pineapple Nutrition Facts




Pineapple is an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese. It also contains good amounts of Vitamins B1, B6, niacin, folates, copper and dietary fiber in the form of pectin. It contains bromelain, the sulphur containing enzyme that digests protein.

Freshly cut pineapple if chilled does not lose much of its nutrient value for at least 6 days as a study has found.


Pineapple Nutrition Facts

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Pineapple (Ananas comosus), Fresh,�  
   
   
 
Nutritive Value per 100 g
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
50 Kcal
2.50%
Carbohydrates
13.52 g
10%
Protein
0.54 g
1%
Total Fat
0.12 g
<1%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
1.40 g
4%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
18 g
4.50%
Niacin
0.500 mg
4%
Pyridoxine
0.112 mg
9%
Riboflavin
0.018 mg
1.50%
Thiamin
0.079 mg
6.50%
Vitamin A
58 IU
2%
Vitamin C
47.8 mg
80%
Vitamin E
0.02 mg
<1%
Vitamin K
0.07 g
0.50%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
1 mg
0%
Potassium
109 mg
2.50%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
13 mg
1.30%
Copper
0.110 mg
12%
Iron
0.29 mg
3.50%
Magnesium
12 mg
3%
Manganese
0.927 mg
40%
Phosphorus
8 mg
1%
Selenium
0.1 g
<1%
Zinc
0.12 mg
1%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Beta Carotene
35 micro gm
--
Beta Crypto-xanthin
0 mcg
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Health Benefits Of Pineapple

  • Bromelain gives pineapple its anti inflammatory, anti clotting and anti cancer properties. Hence, pineapple is very beneficial in treatment of gout, arthritis, reducing swellings etc. Broelain also gives it its digestive benefits.
  • The excellent Vitamin C content, it has excellent antioxidant activity and protects against atherosclerosis, heart disease, asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, colds and flu. It also keeps the blood vessels, bones, skin in good shape and prevents scury. Also benefits the immune system.
  • Pineapple protects against age related vision problems like macular degeneration etc.
  • The manganese and Vitamin B1 help in energy production while manganese is needed in the production of many enzymes as well.
  • Pineapple juice helps in getting rid of intestinal worms, benefits in diptheria and other throat infections. It also prevents nausea, constipation and is useful in Goiter.

A Healthy Pineapple Drink

Mix equal quantities of apple and pineapple juices. Add 1 tsp honey and 1/4 tsp of ginger juice.

This juice removes mucus from the intestines. It benefits in high blood pressure, cough, indigestion and irregular menses.

Some Specific Health Benefits Of Pineapple

Pineapple and pineapple juice offer some specific health benefits to us. The following is a small list of ways it can be used for benefit.

  • For Tonsils & Swelling In Throat

Eat pineapple daily.

  • For Diptheria

Pineapple clears the throat. In fact it is the main remedy in diptheria. Fresh pineapple has pepsin which also stops itching in the throat.

  • Boils/Pustules

Apply pulp of pineapple fruit for relief. Also drink pineapple juice.

  • For Indigestion

Sprinkle some salt and crushed black pepper on pineapple slices before eating.

  • As A Strength Giver

Pineapple removes anxiety, reduces thirst, gives strength to the body. Though it increases kapha, it does not cause cold or cough. It also strengthens the heart and brain.


Eat pineapple on empty stomach to improve digestion. In summer, pineapple sherbet cools the body and reduces thirst.

Pineapple also removes stomach heat. It increases urine output and therefore is beneficial to those suffering from renal stones.


Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I really enjoyed reading this hub as I just bought two pineapples. We eat a lot of fruit here and since I found a quick way to cut pineapple we have it often (when it is not too expensive). Great health hub as always. You do such a good job on this. Interestingly...I was going to write only health hubs as I have written so many articles in the past on health related subjects. Yours are a hard act to follow..actually all your writing is. Voting up and sharing


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

What a great idea, Rajam, to include recipes in a hub about pineapple. I'm going out and buy some as I need all the kapha I can get. Voted up and shared.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

I love pineapple but am allergic to it. Great information here. Slicing a pineapple is a real pain. wish there was an easy way to do it.


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Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

Simple pineapple drink is awesome!

Effect on stomach heat - a surprising benefit.

Thank you, Rajan! Up!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I always like it when you pic a food that I actually eat. Then I read all about the benefits and I feel real good about myself. :) Thank you for another wonderfully informative hub. Blessings to you and yours.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

This is well researched and so informative! Hi Rajan! You work so hard on these hubs. I have a severe latex allergy and am allergic to all the papaya fruits: pineapple, plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots, and now I think Avocados. Being exposed to latex in the hospitals for 30 years (I was also a nurse in the AF), has given me a progressive allergic condition that is from Latex exposure from gloves, IV products, and hundreds of other latex products. I can't step in the hospital anymore. Some nurses I've known have died from anaphylaxic shock. I really miss pineapple and mangoes! Great Hub! It makes me want a pineapple!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Rajan,

I can see that I have been missing some of your great writing. This is a wonderful and comprehensive report on one of my favorite fruits.

The pineapple health drink sounds delicious and the pineapple ricotta pie looks sinful enough to try soon.

As always, I appreciate the neatly organized nutritional information.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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moonfairy 4 years ago

Interesting hub and I adore pineapple. I just never knew it was so good for you!! thanks for the info =) voted up and interesting..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Carol - the first video here is on the way to cut a pineapple. For years We have struggled with finding the right way to cut pineapples and this video is just perfect to showcase it.

I'd love to read the health hubs you write so go right ahead. These hubs are always popular.

Thanks for dropping by and appreciate the sharing.

@ Sandra - Hi, glad you like the pineapple recipe and I would be thankful to know how it goes. Always a pleasure to see you and thanks for sharing.

@ Vellur - It's a pity you are allergic to this fine fruit. The video here shows the perfect way to cut a pineapple. Thanks for reading.

@ Harsha - thanks for visiting. Nice to see you always.

@ Bill - thanks for appreciating and glad to see you as always. Have a nice day.

@ Deborah - sorry to learn about your latex allergy but its best to avoid these fruits then. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.

@ Maria - Hi, thanks for such nice comments. It's always a pleasure to see you and I appreciate your visit.

@ moonfairy - Glad to note you found the info useful. Thanks for stopping by.


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viewfinders 4 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

really enjoyed reading this hub,Voted UP


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great hub on pineapples, which I eat mostly everyday! I am feeling better now armed with all this knowledge! Thanks, Rajan!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Pretty thorough hub here on the benefits health wise of consuming pineapples, I don't like the canned type like Dole, and mainly because it isn't organic or raw from out of nature, but I do see the benefits of organic pineapples for sure and straight from off of the tree.

I wish that food manufactures wouldn't go screwing with nature and all in their processing plants and we wouldn't have to worry so much about being so selective when we went to purchase such food items today.

Anyway, thanks for writing this very useful, and informative article Rajan, in the United States things are slowly but surely improving in terms of overall health consciousness.

Hub articles like these are definitely helping us us worldwide as well, awesome job! bro thumbs up and getting shared.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ viewfinders - thanls, I'm glad you liked the info.

Dex - thanks my friend and so glad to see you.

@ Mike - Thanks and I appreciate your comments and sharing as well bro. Always a pleasure to see you around.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

It is a true pleasure to learn one of my favorite treats is as good for me as it is delicious.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Interesting to read more about pineapple, and a good reminder that eating a variety of fruits is a healthy choice!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Pineapple really is a nutritional power house! Unfortunately, sweet pineapple is hard to come by in Southern Peru and is expensive. However, Northern Peru produces wonderfully sweet, juicy pineapples which I can only dream of now. : ( I didn't know it can be used to purge intestinal worms, how interesting. Thank you!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ shiningirisheyes - Thanks for coming by.

@ RT - Appreciate you stopping by

@ vespawoolf - thanks for your feedback but is there any particular reason that the Northern part produces sweet pineapple while the Southern doesn't? Thanks for visiting.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I always knew that this was very healthy, but I wasn't aware of the broad range of health benefits it provides. I love this fresh and extremely ripe in Asia, it is soooo sweet and juicy! Makes a great snack on a hot day.

Shared, up, interesting and awesome.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Voted up and useful! I enjoy pineapple juice and its freshly cut flesh. Yumyumyum! The fact that it's healthy as well is just icing on top of my appetite cake!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I must watch for the musty or sour smell when picking out a pineapple, good to know. The pineapple pie looks very interesting! Nice share, Rajan.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Its really very useful to know so many benefits of pineapple. Thanks for sharing this one. We get lots of pineapple here in Assam. I do like it also very much. So now after knowing so many benefits I will love to have it more. Votes up and sharing too.


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georgescifo 4 years ago from India

It is always better to have a piece or two of pineapple as it helps in fast digestion of food. Pineapple is also recommended for those who smokes cigarettes as the juice is better at clearing some amount of nicotine accumulated in your body organs.


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crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

Awesome article Rajan, being a pure vegetarian, I found the eggless pineapple cake recipe very useful.. will surely try it.. Thanks a lot :-)


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Thanks for the great information. This is one of those fruits that tastes so good and has so many health benefits. I also heard that it helps bring the platelet count up. Mine tends to be on the low side so I will have to try it to see if I can speak from experience. The recipe for pineapple upside down cake looks good...my grandmother used to make it so I have good memories. Voted up and shared!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Awesome and voted up. Pineapple is one of my all time favorite fruits! Every time I eat it I envision all the healthy vitamins I'm getting. Interesting that it is called Ananas in India. It's the same in Germany!


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Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

Hi Rajan,

Two of your hubs read in one day not bad, some very interesting facts. I like eating pineapples, especially made into a fritter with vanilla ice cream. Now I also know the health benefits of eating it.

Thank you


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love pineapple . I love anything with pineapple on it .. great hub. thank you for telling. is all the benefits. of the pineapple ...

voted up

Debbie


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for a great and informative hub and the terrific videos. I love pineapple. Passing this on.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I just bought a pineapple, so this hub makes me feel even better that I did. I love pineapples , especially pineapple juice. Glad there are so many health benefits. Thanks for sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Brett - I'm glad you love the sweet & juicy pineapple. Thanks for the votes and sharing.

@ beingwell - thanks for visiting and commenting.

@ teaches - glad you liked the tips and the pineapple pie recipe. Hope you try it. Thanks for coming by.

@ deergha - I'm glad you are inspired to consume more of this tasty and healthy fruit. Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate your visit.

@ georgescifo - you are right. Thanks for reading.

@ crystaleyes - I hope you try out the eggless cake recipe. Glad you found something of interest in this hub. Thanks for stopping by.

@ healthylife - Glad the upside down pineapple cake recipe brought back happy memories for you. I too have no idea if the platelets rise after consuming the fruit but would be interested to know . Thanks for sparing time to read and visit.

@ GTF - Interesting to learn that 2 different cultures way away from each other call pineapple by the same name. Glad you like pineapple. Envisioning the benefits of a healthy food doubles its taste, doesn't it?

Thanks for being here.

@ zubair - thanks for your input. Glad to see you here.

@ Deborah - so nice to see you. Glad you like the info .Thanks.

@ Rasma - Glad you find the hub very much. I appreciate your visit and votes.

@ anglnwu - thanks for reading and your input.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Seeing that photo of the pineapple upside down cake brought back memories of my mother making it on occasion. Good to know among its other health benefits that consuming pineapple helps with macular degeneration. Always enjoy reading your health hubs. Up, useful and will share.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Yummilicious pineapple! I heard on Dr. Oz that if you remove the top part and allow the pineapple to stand top side down for a day the sugar redistributes throughout the pineapple. I haven't tried it, but the idea sounded good! :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Now you've surprised me...I never knew the fiber of the leaves were used for "furnishings"....you are always such a font of information and a healthy one at that! Your choice of video's is the topping on the cake (metaphorically speaking).

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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torrilynn 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading about pineapples. I really love the fruit and consider it to be my second favorite fruit. I love that this fruit has many health benefits behind it in order to keep an individual healthy. the history behind it was also very interesting. thank you.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love pineapple. I always make a pineapple juice or fruit soup with this fruit. It's so juicy. Thanks for share the health benefit of pineapple and the nutrition facts as well. Voted up!

Prasetio


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Peggy - I'm glad you were reminded of some sweet memories and found the info useful. Many thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

@ Linda - That is right, the sweetness spreads throughout the pineapple on making it stand on its head for a while. Thanks for the input.

@ Mary - thanks for the compliment and the votes.

@ torrilynn - glad you enjoyed reading the hub. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Prasetio - Thanks my friend. Always a pleasure to see you.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Other than these health benefits, some other advantages of pineapple are they taste good, add a tropical flavor to any food and are quite decorative. Voting this Up and Useful.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is excellent information about pineapples. One of my favorite flavor combinations involves pineapple. For dessert, I enjoy eating yogurt topped with pineapple and honey. I will try your pineapple drink. It sounds delicious and I like the benefits it provides.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Aurelio - I agree, pineapple is a delicious, tasty and colorful fruit. Thanks.

@ Marlene - Thanks and glad to know you like the info.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Rajan, I just love pineapples, they're one of my favourite fruits and the ones from Azores are really delicious... I'm happy to find out that not only are they delicious, but they have so many benefits. Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Joana,

Glad you like the info and nice to know you love eating them. Thanks for the visit, votes and sharing.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Pineapple is known for its great taste and is rich in vitamins and minerals. They also got a unique property of digesting proteins. I eat a lot of pineapple which keeps my digestive system healthy. Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Voted and shared.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

You are right dinkan. Pineapple is wonderful for digestion. Appreciate the visit and sharing.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Awesome, healthy Hub. I love pineapple but I don't buy it a lot because of the peeling aspect. I'm waiting for someone to invent a pineapple peeler.

Great Hub. Shukriya...


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Lady_E,

Lol! I too wish someone would come out with such a tool. In the meantime, I'm happy peeling them the way the video shows it.

Glad you liked the info. Shukriya for visiting!


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lisasuniquevoice 3 years ago from Michigan

It's great that pineapple is good for so many things. I'm going to drink pineapple juice instead of orange juice in the morning.

Lisa


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Lisa, thanks for appreciating the information. Glad to see you.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Pineapple has so many good benefits. Our doctor recommended it for our little one (about 2 years at the time) as a natural remedy for constipation and it worked within a reasonable time and much better than over the counter drugs, etc.

I love pineapple upside down cake. Excellent hub full of great advice. Voted up, useful, interesting, and will share!


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neelu sinha 3 years ago from India

Hei rajan.

Good information about pineapple. It is really a juicy fruit with a great taste and nutritious too.


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neelu sinha 3 years ago from India

simply juicy and tasty fruit with full of nutritions.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Au fait - Thanks for sharing your experience with pineapple and glad you like the info. Thanks for stopping by.

Neelu - I'm glad you find the info useful. Thanks for reading.


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Emmanuel Kariuki 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I eat a slice of pineapple everyday just because I like it. Now after reading this, I know there is more to my craving than just thirst and a sweet taste. Another great hub rajan jolly!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for stopping by Emmanuel. Nice to know you like the info.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

rajan,

This is a very useful hub. Your photos are exceptionally good, and I really have learned a lot. I first came into a lot of contact with pineapples when I lived in Taiwan in the 70s. My ex-wife's father used to grow them on the side of a hill. Now that I am in Thailand, I also see and eat a lot of pineapple. From past experience, pineapple and its juice especially if the pineapple is very ripe and sweet is a good laxative and will definitely keep you regular. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Paul,

It is always a pleasure to read your comments and get motivated by them. Many thanks for all the votes and shares. Hope you have a nice day.


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compu-smart 3 years ago from London UK

I never buy a pineapple because I find it so big and clumsy to deal with just like mangoes, but after reading this article I will buy a pineapple today and every week.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Compu-smart, good to know you have been motivated to try eating pineapple. Thanks.


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Love pineapple. Nice hub!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, IslandBites.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Rajan, you are doing a great work by sharing your knowledge, I am proud of you. Keep up this good work.

Shared this Hub with my Hub followers.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Yum! I'm going to try the pineapple drink . The ginger ale will add fizz. Thanks for such extensive nutrition information, rajan!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Mahavir and Rebecca!

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