The sweet and tart taste of pineapple is something that is beloved by many. Whether you’re enjoying it in a smoothie, a salad, or just as is, it’s hard to deny the deliciousness of this tropical fruit. But did you know that pineapple has more to offer than just flavor? In this post, we’ll explore some of the health benefits of eating pineapple, as well as how to incorporate it into your diet. From the essential vitamins and minerals it contains to the delicious recipes you can make with it, you’ll soon see why the pineapple is an important part of any healthy diet. So get ready to learn all about this amazing fruit and how it can help you on your journey to better health!
Pineapple Nutrition Facts and Calories Chart
Pineapples are a great source of vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin A, iron, and calcium. One cup of fresh pineapple provides approximately 82 calories, 0.2 grams fat, 22 grams carbohydrates, 1.3 grams protein and 2.3 grams of fiber. Nutritional value per 100 g pineapple:
- Biotin: 0.3 mcg
- Calcium: 33 mg
- Carbohydrates (Carbs): 13.12 g
- Chloride: 10 mg
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Choline: 5.4 mg
- Chromium: 0.2 mcg
- Copper: 0.172 mg
- Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
- Energy (Calories): 50 kcal
- Fat: 0.12 g
- Iodine: 0.2 mcg
- Iron: 0.25 mg
- Magnesium: 12 mg
- Manganese: 0.232 mg
- Molybdenum: 0.2 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid: 0.166 mg
- Phosphorus: 11 mg
- Potassium: 109 mg
- Protein: 0.54 g
- Saturated fat: 0.02 g
- Selenium: 0.1 mcg
- Sodium: 1 mg
- Sugars: 9.85 g
- Vitamin A: 16 IU
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 0.07 mg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 0.04 mg
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 0.5 mg
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 0.166 mg
- Vitamin B6: 0.08 mg
- Vitamin B9 (Folate / Folic Acid): 8 mcg
- Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
- Vitamin C: 13.7 mg
- Vitamin D: 0 IU
- Vitamin E: 0.18 mg
- Vitamin K: 3.2 mcg
- Water: 86.85 g
- Zinc: 0.06 mg
Pineapple in India
These plump, heavy fruits with fresh, green crown leaves, emit a fragrant aroma and have a very slight separation of the eyes or pips. Pineapples bear fruit on a long stalk after a year and a half. Though the shell turns yellow as the fruit matures, pineapples do not ripen after harvest as some are inclined to think is the case.
- Scientific Binomial: Ananas comosus
- Common English: Pineapple
- Ayurvedic: Bahnetra / Anaanaasa / Bahunetra
- Unani: Anannaas
- Sanskrit: Anannas / Bahunetraphalam / Anamnasam
- Hindi / Urdu: Anannas
- Bengali: Anannas
- Marathi: Ananus
- Telugu: Annasapandu
- Tamil: Anasippazham / Annanshippazham / Annasi
- Kannada: Anasahannu / Ananasu hannu
- Malayalam: Kaitachchakka / Ananas
- Punjabi / Sindhi
Pineapple is useful to treat arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, burns, bronchitis, colds, cancer, colitis, cardiovascular disease, diarrhea, protein digestion, gout, injuries, halitosis, influenza, respiratory mucus, surgery recovery, neuritis, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, obesity, piles, sinusitis, and prostatitis. The fruit is highly nutritious, rich in minerals, and is a useful food for those prone to iron-deficient anemia or for debility and convalescence.
- Digestive Aid: Drinking a glass of pineapple juice before meals can help stimulate a sluggish digestion; for the same reason it is sometimes used as a slimming aid.
- Reduce Inflammation: Raw pineapple, whether whole or juiced, has an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown to reduce inflammation. Bromelain reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Apart from bromelain, pine apple is a rich source of iodine, citric acid, methionine, and vitamin C.
- Skin Care: Externally, crushed pineapple can help to heal ulcers and slow-healing wounds, while the juice can also be used to tonify the skin.
- Sore Throat: Gargling with the juice is a useful alternative for sore throats.
- Dyspepsia: Pineapple juice acts as a tonic in dyspepsia and relieves much of the digestives disorders of dyspeptics. Half a glass of pineapple juice should be taken after a meal in this condition.
- Bad Breath: Garlic breath is relieved immediately by gargling with pineapple juice.
- Skin Cleanser: Applying mashed pineapple on face skin is nice way to refresh the skin. Mash a single slice of pineapple and apply this mask on face, keep for 15 minutes and wash. It gently exfoliate the skin, unblock pores, and dry excess skin oil.
- Bruises: Applying fresh cut pineapple on bruises also works great. Apply and leave it for 15 minutes before washing. Alternatively, apply fresh pineapple juice to a clean cloth or piece of gauze and apply to the area for 5 to 10 minutes. Or Take 250 to 500 milligrams of bromelain daily between meals until the bruise has faded.
- Gout: For gout, to ease inflammation, try pills containing bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple. The typical dosage for acute gout attacks is 500 milligrams three times a day between meals.
- Stop Smoking: For those who are trying hard to stop smoking, whenever the desire for a cigarette arises, chew one or two small pieces of dried pineapple instead, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon honey.
- Warts: For warts, a slice of pineapple rubbed gently on a wart will remove it, but several applications are necessary before success results.
- Corn: As a corn cure the pineapple is very effective. Cut off a small, inch-square piece of the peel and bind it on the corn with wide adhesive tape, making sure that the inner side of the peel faces the corn. Leave it on all night and in the morning soak the foot in hot water. The corns will be easily removed. Some stubborn cases, however, may require 4 – 5 applications.
Side Effects and Precautions
Bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapple) supplement may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, and heavy menstrual bleeding. May increase the risk of bleeding in people taking aspirin or blood thinners.
Q. What is the activity of bromelain in pineapple?
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that acts as a digestive stimulant, making it ideal for easing indigestion and gastritis. This enzyme has a local action on the digestive tract but is not significantly absorbed into the system so does not affect the liver. Bromelain in ripe pineapple and juice can also thin the blood and prevent blood clots from forming. One cup of juice daily or the inner ripe flesh of half a raw, ripe fruit are enough to treat this situations. But due to the same reason, hemophiliacs and others with bleeding problems should avoid this fruit, since it is liable to only aggravate their situations more.
Q. What pineapple traditions symbolize? Does it bring good luck?
Some people believe that, pineapple attract good luck, invite prosperity, and bless home. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. When given as a present, they will bless both the giver and the receiver. To attract abundance into life, place a whole fruit near front door. Using a symbol of a pineapple as door knocker will ensure that only supportive and loving people enter home. To make sure you always have lots of food, grow a this plant indoors in or near kitchen. If you place this fruit on dining room table, it will impart a feeling of goodwill to all who sit around table.