While they don’t grow on pine trees and are not related to apples, pineapples are a delicious, juicy fruit that have many health benefits. Pineapples gained their name when English explorers saw the fruit’s resemblance to a pinecone. Pineapples were one of the fruits of the New World that Christopher Columbus brought back to England.
This plant has a fairly long maturation rate. It takes about 13-16 months for the fruit to fully grow. The fruit itself is actually a cluster of fruit. It starts as a stem covered in 100-200 flowers that bloom and produce fruit. The fruit then grows together into one fruit.
This tropical fruit is very high in sugar, but the many nutrients make up the health benefits of pineapple. Pineapple fruit is approximately 86% water, 10% sugar, and 1% fibre. It also contains thiamin, vitamin B6, and copper. It also a very good source of vitamin C, and manganese.
Health Benefits Of Pineapple
While the fibre levels in pineapple aren’t tremendously high, they aren’t without their benefits. The fibre is mostly insoluble fibre. This may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes when taken with magnesium, which is plentiful in pineapple.
Even though it is great to get a rich source of vitamin C, and magnesium, the real health benefits of pineapple come from a compound called bromelain. Pineapples are rich in this incredible nutrient, and this is why this high sugar fruit is worth eating.
Bromelain’s strong anti-inflammatory properties can be felt throughout the body. One study found that drinking pineapple juice could reduce colon inflammation. This reduces the risk of colon cancer and improves overall gut health.
Bromelain from pineapples may help reduce sinus inflammation caused by allergies, infection, or autoimmune disorders. It helps open the nasal passages and eases the breathing process. For anyone with sinus issues, you know how important this relief can be.
This amazing compound helps boost the immune system. Paired together with the high vitamin C levels in the fruit and you’re looking at a great immune system booster. Bromelain has also shown to help speed the healing process.
Bromelain has many healing benefits but one of the most important benefits it has is that it improves nutrient absorption. It is digested well in the body, and the improved absorption is particularly beneficial for anyone with gut permeability.
Pineapple juice may also improve metabolism and the clearance of blood lipoprotein (triglycerides and cholesterol). This is great for your heart health.
Like with most foods that have amazing health benefits, there are a few possible concerns with pineapples. The bromelain in the fruit can cause some irritation around and in the mouth. This isn’t a serious condition and will go away, but you may want to avoid eating pineapple if you experience this reaction. Pineapples are also high in histamines and can cause some allergic reactions.
Check out this informative video about how Dole produces their pineapples. It goes over the plant itself, how to plant it, how it matures, and how this smart fruit is naturally designed to collect water and grow.