Pineapples may be prickly on the outside, but they’re incredibly smooth tasting once you get past their rough exterior. And did you know pineapple can help digestion and treat muscle injuries?
“A cup of cubed fresh pineapple has almost 100 percent of the daily value for manganese, an essential trace mineral needed for healthy skin, bone, and cartilage formation, as well as for glucose tolerance,” Dr. Jonny Bowden writes in 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. “Pineapple also has between 25 and 50 mg of vitamin C, plus a smattering of other vitamins and minerals, including potassium.”
Pineapple also contains the proteolytic enzyme bromelain. Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties help promote the healing of minor muscle sprains and strains, and improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. According to WorldHealth.net, bromelain may also trigger beneficial changes in white blood cells and improve immune function.
And that’s not all! A natural anticoagulant, bromelain also breaks down the blood-clotting protein fibrin and thins mucus, which benefits asthmatics and people suffering from chronic bronchitis.
Pineapple is also versatile: Add chopped pineapple to shrimp salad, plain yogurt, cereal and oatmeal. Pineapple and chili peppers also make a tasty salsa.
Plus, pineapple’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal fruit for post-workout recovery nutrition. Just blend ½ cup of pineapple, ¼ cup of oatmeal, and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder with water and ice.
Visit WholeFoods.com for an in-depth nutrient analysis of pineapples and preparation tips.
Why does this matter to you? Because pineapple is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, which supports proper function of the immune system and can help prevent the recurrence of ear infections, colds, and flu. Sweet and tart, you can indulge in a serving of pineapple without the guilt!