Pineapple Health Benefits

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Best Sources of Fibre

The best sources of fibre to lower cholesterol, improve digestion and heart health.

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Bran
  • Rice bran
  • All-bran cereals

Pineapple fruit is a sweet tasting tropical delicacy that provides lots of nutritional content and rewarding health benefits.

Pineapple Protects The Heart - Improves Digestion and Reduces Unhealthy Fat

The dietry fibre in Pinepple contributes in keeping all three healthy.

Fibre causes the digestive system to slow down, allowing more time for it to take up other valuable nutrients. A slower digestion will make you feel fuller for longer than usual too.

Unhealthy fats that would otherwise be absorbed by your body are taken care of in the name of good old fibre. Even the bad fats you may have already collected will gradually reduced to healthy levels, protecting your heart and arteries.

A diet rich in fibre significantly helps those who suffer with, or who are prone to cardiovascular disorders.

Pineapple Plant - Video Tutorial

How To Grow a Pineapple Plant

Contrary to popular belief, pineapples don't grow on trees, but on a small plant that stands only 3-5ft tall. Making them ideal to grow in hot climates in a large garden pot, indoors, or for greenhouse cultivation in not so weather-blessed countries.

Pineapple plants can either be grown from a plant cutting (suckers or slips) or planted directly from a fresh crown cutting from the fruit itself. Depending on which option you choose, they take anywhere from one year to 18 months, if planting slips and suckers, to a full two years planting the crown.

Vitamin C Strengthens Immune Systems

A 100g serving of pineapple provides 47mg of vitamin C. Near enough the recommended daily amount.

Although the recommended daily amount (RDA) is 40mg of vitamin C for adults, taking up to 500mg per day is still a safe amount. Being water soluble, the body will safely discard any it doesn't absorb.

Vitamin C is a vitamin the body will quickly use up to help fight against colds and infections. It hasn't been proven to cure these ailments, but coupled with exercise it has been known to help reduce the longevity of them.

Athlete's often take large amounts of Vitamin C for a tremendous, although temporary boost to performance.

Other health benefits of Vitamin C

  • Protects all cells throughout the body
  • Helps the skin to recover from sun damage
  • Helps to heal organs and tissue after any injury or illness
  • Stops you getting scurvy

Powerful Natural Antioxidants

Pineapple contains powerful antioxidants that help ward off both minor and major illnesses.

Bromelain

Bromelain is one type of anti-inflammatory antioxidant contained within pineapple that contributes in reducing blood complications, in turn lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Bromelain is also a type of enzyme that helps with the absorption of protein. This makes pineapple an ideal accompaniment to meat based dishes. People who regularly exercise or build muscle would find this particularly useful.

Although not yet a certainty, bromelain, combined with other nutrients such as rutoside, have shown positive results in reducing the effects of arthritis.

The core of a pineapple, even though small in comparison to the rest of the fruit, holds the highest concentration of bromelain. The core is also hard and fibrous, making it quit tough to chew, so most people will discard it. A clever way to incorporate it in your diet, is to drop it into a blender with some other fruit to make a healthy smoothy.

Ferulic Acid

Pineapple is a good source of ferulic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound and antioxidant found in most plants. Ferulic acid is particularly useful in the body as it has an ability to stop the formation of dangerous compounds that could cause the growth of damaging cells. It also protects against bone degeneration by promoting new bone tissue formation.

As well as exercise, including colourful fruits in your diet that are rich in antioxidants, is one of the most effective ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. All vibrantly colored fruit have valuable properties that help to significantly improve overall health.

What else do antioxidants do for health?

  • They do an A+ job of mopping up toxins caused by injury, air pollutants, and natural damage sustained in the body
  • Repair damaged cells
  • They look after all vital organs in the body
  • Antioxidants keep bones healthy and strong

Pineapple Preparation Video Tutorial

How to Cut And Prepare Pineapple Without Wasting Any Fruit

Some people find it a bit annoying to cut through and prepare pineapple because of the tough outer skin and the brown knobbly patches under the surface. Usually, by the time you've finished preparing, you're left with something half the size you started with.

It's such a waste of epic fruit!

Here's a video tutorial that will demostrate how to get rid of all of that, and how to cut through the pineapple in such a way that it doesn't waste a fraction of the fruit inside.

Facts About Pineapples

  • The pineapples birth place is said to be tropical America, primarily from Brazil and Paraguay
  • Pineapple contains a whopping six B vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9
  • There are lots of varieties and sizes of pineapple to choose from. Here's a few. Natal Queen, Red Spanish , Smooth Cayenne, Hmarkhawlien, Mauritius, Jaldhup, Alexandra, Kew, Common Rough, Espanola, Paulista, Yupi, Randon, Pernambuco
  • Thailand is one of the biggest exporters of pineapple in the world
  • Whenever it rains in hawaii on a sunny day they refer to it as pineapple juice
  • One whole pineapple is made up of hundreds of individual pieces of fruit that join together as it grows, known as fruitlets
  • Wild pineapple plants last a long time and have been known to still produce fruit for many decades

89% of Pineapples Contain no Pesticides

According to EWG (environmental working group) out of all fruits and vegetables last tested by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for pesticide residue, pineapple fruit came out as one of the least affected, with over 89% containing no residue at all.

Pesticides are sprayed on commercially grown fruit as a way to eradicate insects and diseases that would otherwise damage them. However, even after later treatment to be removed, pesticide-residue may still be present on the surface of fruit, making it a potential hazard to your health.

To avoid pesticide residue on fruit, wash them thoroughly in fresh water and peel them before eating. Home-growing, or buying organic fruit is another way to avoid pesticides.

Other fruits and vegetables that scored for low level pesticide residue included watermelon, mango, onion, asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, sweet corn, sweet peas, avocado, and cantaloupe.

Pineapple Nutrition

Nutritional Value
per 100g
Fat
0.12g
Protein
0.54g
Carbohydrates
13.12g
sugars
9.85g
Dietry Fiber
1.4g
Vitamins in pineapple
Minerals in pineapple
Vitamin C 47.8mg
Potassium 109mg
Vitamin B6 0.012mg
Manganese
Thiamine 0.079mg
Zinc 0.12mg
Niacin 0.500mg
Iron 0.29mg
Folate 18µg
Sodium 1mg
Choline
Phosphorus 8mg
Pantothenic acid
Calcium 13mg
Riboflavin 0.032mg
Magnesium 12mg
Levels according to the usda.gov website

Amino Acids

Amino acids are naturally occurring organic compounds found in all fruits, plants, meats, nuts, seeds, and dairy products. Most amino acids are vital for maintaining good health. They combine to create important proteins and help keep your metabolism working at full capacity.

There are three types of amino acids within pineapple that promote good health, essential, semi-essential, and non-essential amino acids.

List of Amino Acids in Pineapple Fruit

Essential amino acids
Semi-essensial amino acids
Non-essential amino acids
Essential amino acids are required from food as they can't be made (synthesized) by the body.
Semi-essential acids are typically not required by the majority of the population, but are needed by some individuals that can't synthesize them because of certain illnesses.
Non-essential amino acids are organic compounds that are easily made by the body. They aren't required from the diet, but they're still beneficial.
Histidine
Arginine
Proline
Valine
Cysteine
Glycine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine
Alanine
Threonine
 
Asparagine
Phenylalanine
 
Glutamine
Methionine
 
Aspartic acid
Lysine
 
Glutamic acid
Leucine
 
Serine
Isoleucine
 
 

© 2013 soulfully

Comments 12 comments

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

This hub has such detailed information on pineapples, which are good-tasting fruits. It's great that you didn't stop with just telling us the health benefits but you also have information on cutting and growing pineapples.


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soulfully 3 years ago Author

Thanks for the positive feedback, Ceres. I'm happy you found my hub informative. I encourage anyone who's interested in a healthy lifestyle to consider adding pineapple to their diet.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, pineapple really is a powerhouse in the fruit world. I didn't know about ferulic acid and it's good to know they have low pesticide contamination. Pineapples are inexpensive and very sweet here in Peru...we add them to our daily smoothie. You can be sure I'll be eating more of them after reading this! Thank you.


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soulfully 3 years ago Author

vespawoolf, I eat pineapple as often as possible. I don't have a smoothie maker, but as you know, the fruit is just as tasty on its own. We pay just over £0.80 for one pineapple in the U.K.

I'm really happy I was able to influence you to eat more of it. Thank you for the nice comment!


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sparkleyfinger 2 years ago from Glasgow

Great hub. I'm looking at dieting this week, and I love pineapple as a tasty, healthy snack! Now I know just how good it is for me, and the videos are awesome too! Voted up, useful and awesome!


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soulfully 2 years ago Author

Hi, sparkleyfinger. Pineapple is a great choice to make for dieting. It's full of natural sugars so it really does help to keep cravings at bay for the other sweet foods and treats we shouldn't be eating too much of.

Thanks for your comment.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I never thought about growing a pineapple before, but now I'm interested in doing that. Great video!


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soulfully 2 years ago Author

Hi, Writer Fox. Pineapples are capable of growing in any climate so long as they aren't exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time.

I'd suggest growing it in a pot outdoors when the weather is warm, and then bringing it in the den later on in the year when the temperature drops. It'll do just as well indoors.

I hear, apart from meat such as jackrabbit, fruit is a vital ingredient to a fox's diet. ;)

Thanks for the comment.


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Jacobb9205 20 months ago from Gloucestershire

thank you for this hub! I will now be eating more pineapples! :)


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soulfully 20 months ago Author

Good to know, Jacobb. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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Jacobb9205 20 months ago from Gloucestershire

No problem Soulfully!


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moonlake 15 months ago from America

Nice hub and lots of good information. I love pineapple.

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