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10 Health Benefits Of Fresh Pineapple

Updated on January 5, 2017
Fresh pineapple has many health benefits
Fresh pineapple has many health benefits

Health benefits of eating fresh pineapples and drinking pineapple juice are many, though eating them on moderation is the key. You can read about the health benefits of pineapples here.

This article is meant for discussion purpose only and the points made here are only for sharing general information, so please don't consider this as a medical advice. If you have any health concerns or questions, please check with your doctor. Some people tend to be allergic to pineapples, just like many other kind of foods, so it is better to be cautious if you are trying pineapples for the first time.

If you are pregnant, it is better to avoid eating pineapples or it is advisable to check with your doctor before you include them in your diet.

Fresh pineapples are sweet and juicy tropical fruits. If you love pineapples, you might be interested to learn more about the health benefits of eating fresh pineapples.

Pineapples were always available to me but I was not very fond of them probably because I was trying to eat them before they were ripe enough. It was very recently that I have tried a very ripe and juicy pineapple. It was so sweet that I wanted to snack on it all the day. I actually thought of trying a pineapple cake recipe that I found online, but I couldn't resist the temptation so I ate them all fresh.

If you do not like pineapples, one reason might be that you are trying the less ripe, sour ones that can cause slight rashes in mouth.That was my mistake. All these years I tried the less ripe pineapples, so I didn't find them very appealing.

Actually few fresh pineapples were sitting in my kitchen counter from few days. We had cut the first one as soon as we bought them, and it was sweet and little sour. We had plans to cut the remaining soon, but somehow it got delayed and they all sat them there for a few days. When we finally took the fruits out to cut, I actually thought they might have rotten. But to my surprise, they were still good with a golden yellow colour and have become very soft. The fruits were very tender, sweet and juicy, and I just loved them! I am quite disappointed that I never tried them when they were so ripe, all these years. I am so happy that even my one year old loved the sweet fresh pineapple pieces!

Fresh pineapple fruits are not just sweet, but they are very healthy with lots of vitamins and fibers.

Photos used in this article are obtained from Pixabay.

Read about the most important 10 health benefits of eating fresh pineapple fruits

1. Pineapple contains lots of vitamin C, more than half of what you need for a day and this means pineapples can help you develop a stronger immune system.

100 grams of pineapple has 47.8 mg of Vitamin C.

2. Pineapples are good for your eyes. The beta-carotene responsible for the yellow pigmentation in the fruit is necessary for healthy eyes. A new study has proved that the beta-carotene in fruits protect our eyes even better than the beta-carotene in vegetables.

3. The bromelain in pineapple stalk and the core of the fruit has got anti inflammatory properties, so including the fruit in your diet may help you protect against diseases related to inflammation, injuries and pain in muscles.

4. The bromelain also helps to break down the protein easily, so the intake of pineapples can help kids develop strong bones.

5. Pineapples have got lots of soluble fibres which aids digestion.

6. Pineapple is one of the few fruits with lots of water content, when it is fully ripe. The water content in pineapples are less than that in water melons and few other fruits, but greater than most other fruits as they contain 87 percent water by weight.

7. Pineapple is an excellent natural source of the vitamin manganese which is very much required for the health of body cells, the importance of which is rather overlooked.

8. Pineapple is one of the rich fruit sources of B vitamins like folic acid and thiamine, which are very much needed for the healthy functioning of your body.

9. Pineapples are rich in natural antioxidants known as flavonoids which is very much needed for cardiac health.

10. Pineapple is very low in calories. To be specific, there are 50 calories in about 100 grams of fruit. So if you are trying to lose weight, pineapples can be added to your diet which helps you feel full with out adding much calories.

A pineapple slicer and corer will help you to cut the pineapples more easily!

Check out the below YouTube video to learn how to tell if a pineapple is ripe.

YouTube Video On How To Tell If A Pineapple Is Ripe

Is there anything negative about including pineapples in your diet?

When we discuss about the health benefits of a particular food, it is also important to point out the negative things, if there is any.

Some people develop an allergy to pineapples. So if you have a pineapple allergy, you might need to avoid including them in your diet or you need to check with your doctor.

Also, it is believed that pineapples are not good for you if you are pregnant or if you have any illness related to the uterus. So in those cases too, it will be better to avoid pineapples for the time being.

The below YouTube video will help you to learn how to cut a pineapple easily.

YouTube Video On How To Cut A Pineapple

Pineapples do not ripe anymore than what they were at the time of harvesting. So when you buy pineapples, always choose the well ripened ones from the stores if you love the sweet fruits. You can store them at room temperature for over a couple of days so that they will become more soft and juicy. If you want to store them for more than a couple of days, you can keep them in plastic wraps and store in refrigerator.

Eating too much pineapples may cause irritation in skin around the mouth, and may even result in vomiting and skin rash. So you should always eat them in moderation, to enjoy the wonderful and exotic tropical flavor along with all the nutritional benefits!

Ripe Sweet Pineapple Photo
Ripe Sweet Pineapple Photo

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      It's so nice to learn about all the health benefits of my favorite food. You can plant the pineapple top and grow your own pineapple. it will take several years. I did finally get one, but an animal got to it first.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Larry Rankin, thanks for stopping by. I agree, these are so delicious :)

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi PegCole17, thanks for stopping by. It is nice to hear that you could grow the pineapple plants on your own, it might take a while to get the fruits but its all worth doing!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      The cool thing about pineapple is that not only is it healthy, it's delicious.

      Great hub!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are delicious and even better when fully ripe. I've started a couple of pineapple plants simply by placing the top part in a container of dirt. They grow quite easily. It does take a while to get fruit from the plants but they're fun to watch as they develop.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you sheilamarie78 and FlourishAnyway :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This is one fruit I absolutely love (other than peaches). Truly, nature's candy! And the fact that there are so many health benefits -- an added bonus!

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      Pineapples sure are tasty. I didn't know about the ripening. Thanks for that.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi poetryman6969, thanks so much for reading! I am really glad you think the slicer will be useful.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi AliciaC, thanks so much! Pineapples have become my favourites too!

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi cmoneyspinner1tf, it's true that I was not a fan of pineapples until I tried the very ripe ones :) I too hope those who do not like them could be convinced to try the ripe fruits! Thanks for reading.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi FaithReaper, thanks so much for reading and sharing :)

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi DDE, thank you! I am glad you found this hub useful :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like that Amazon pineapple slicer you list. Much more useful than a banana slicer for instance. I like pineapple.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the taste of ripe pineapples. They are one of my favourite fruits. Thanks for sharing their health benefits, VioletteRose.

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      Treathyl FOX 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Never a fan of pineapples before?? That's blasphemy!! :) Glad you converted yourself. I love pineapples. Will be sharing this. There may be some folks out there who need to be convinced to try them. :) Voted Up.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I love pineapples and need to include them more often in my diet! Thank you for sharing of the wonderful health benefits of eating pineapples.

      Up ++ tweeting

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like pineapples and sometimes include this wonder fruit in my diet. I had no idea of that many benefits. Voted up, interesting and useful.