One of the several edible fruits from family called “Bromeliad” includes pineapples. This tasty fruit is formed by numerous individual berries which are merging together, so each of the scales is an individual berry. But, you probably didn’t know that you can use the fruit along with its peels? Here, we’re going to present you how and why!
Nutritional Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapples are an abundance of vitamin C and manganese. They are also rich in dietary fiber and bromelain, one of the most important enzymes in them. We need manganese for the antioxidant defense. Pineapple is also abundant in thiamine and vitamin B, both excellent for energy production. People use this tasty fruit for diets mostly. It doesn’t possess any cholesterol, fats and is low in sodium, which makes it ideal for that purpose. Only one cup of pineapple pieces contains only 82 calories.
Health Properties of Pineapples
Pineapple represents the only dietary source of bromelain. The core of the fruit is full of the highest concentration of bromelain, but it is actually located in whole fruit. Bromelainpossesses anti-inflammatory properties which make it useful in treating sports injuries and relieving pain.
Bromelainwas proved to work as an agent which fights cancer successfully. When pineapple is combined with chemotherapy, it successfully suppresses the cancer cell growth. It also contains beta-carotene, which protects you from prostate and colon cancer.
Benefits for the heart
Vitamin C is excellent against any heart disease. Numerous studies from Finland to China found that vitamin C in high amounts, decreases the risk of coronary heart disease.
Vitamin C also plays a very important role in vision protection. A higher intake of Vitamin C can definitely decrease the risk of cataracts.
Pineapple contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C, copper, beta carotene, folic acid and zinc. They’re all known to increase the fertility in women and men.
During the process of digestion, beta carotene from the pineapple is converted to vitamin A. According to several studies, beta carotene can reduce the chance of exercise – induced asthma.
Pineapples contain anti-inflammatory properties which makes them an excellent choice in treating osteoarthritis.
Here’s our recipe for a “miraculous” pineapple juice:
- 1 l of filtered water
- 1 whole pineapple with its peels
- Sweetener for taste
- First you have to wash the pineapple peel well. Then, peel the pineapple and separate the shell, removing the fruit and the crown.
- Boil the shell along with some pineapple pulp. Leave it to cool down and dilute it with a liter of water. If you want to improve its taste, add some sweetener.
- In the end, strain the juice and consume it! It’s delicious and extremely helpful for you!