Pineapple is a tropical fruit which can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, preserved, and available in most grocery stores and a staple in many homes around the world.
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains approximately: 82 calories, 0.2 grams (g) of fat, 0 g of cholesterol, 2 milligrams (mg) of sodium, 21.65 g of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fiber) and 0.89 g of protein
As a percentage of your daily requirements, the same amount of fresh pineapple chunks provides:131 percent of vitamin C, 2 percent of vitamin A, 2 percent of calcium and 3 percent of iron.
Pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals, including: thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium, beta-carotene and other antioxidants.
Eating fruits and vegetables of all types has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions and fresh pineapple is a source of an enzyme called bromelain, which plays a role in a range of different health benefits.
Increasing consumption of plant foods like pineapples decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality,combats the formation of free radicals, prevents asthma, lowers blood pressure, help to prevent constipation and promotes regularity and a healthy digestive tract, improves fertility, promotes heart health, promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and an overall lower weight.
Pineapples can be included in your diet in the following ways:
- Add pineapple to your favorite meal.
- Make a fruit salad with pineapple.
- Add some pineapple slices to your salad at lunch or dinner.
- Make your own juice. Nothing tastes better than fresh fruit juice in the morning. When you make your own, you can be sure there are no added preservatives or sweeteners.
- Make a fresh salsa with pineapple.
The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. In many tropical countries, pineapple is prepared, and sold on roadsides as a snack. It is sold whole or in halves with a stick inserted. Whole, cored slices with a cherry in the middle are a common garnish on hams in the West. Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad, as well as in some savory dishes, including pizza toppings and a grilled ring on a hamburger. Crushed pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and it is also the main ingredient in cocktails
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