Healthy Fuel: Pineapple Packs a Nutritional Punch

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs & Hilary Schwab, authors, The Edible Garden Girl’s Food & Gardening Guidebook With loads of antioxidants, Vitamin C, Manganese, and Bromelain (to name a few), introducing fresh pineapple to your daily diet is a great way to boost your immune system, fight osteoporosis, add copper during pregnancy, and even help you sleep.

Scroll down to see who it’s good for, and why!

1. It helps women fight osteoporosis: The high vitamin C content in pineapple supports bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis — an irreversible condition characterized by weakened, fragile bones due to a reduction in bone mass density that is four times more common in women than in men. One review of 13 studies found that individuals who ate vitamin-C-rich foods more often had a significantly lower risk of developing osteoporosis and 34% lower incidence of hip fracture. Just 1 cup (165 grams) of cubed pineapple provides 88% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C. It also provides 5% of the DV for magnesium, which is also important for maintaining strong bones.

2. It packs a nutritional punch during pregnancy: Despite the claim that eating pineapple can be dangerous during pregnancy, there’s no research to prove that notion. In fact, pineapple provides pregnant women with copper, a mineral essential for red blood cell formation. Copper is also needed for the development of your baby’s heart, blood vessels, and skeletal and nervous systems. One cup (165 grams) of cubed pineapple provides approximately 18% of the dietary recommendation. It also offers vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and vitamin B9 (folate).

3. Pineapple may help you sleep.  High in melatonin, researchers have found that after eating pineapple, melatonin markers in the body increased by 266%.
4. The bottom line: Eating a few slices of fresh pineapple a day can defend your body from harmful free radicals and disease, help your digestion by cleaning the body’s organs and blood, increase your energy intake and boost metabolism, nourish your hair, skin, nails, and teeth and keep you generally healthy – plus it tastes great!
  • Two slices (or 164 grams) of pineapple provides half of your daily fruit requirements
  • Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin C! Just 100g of our Pure Gold Pineapples equals 98.6% of your Recommended Daily Intake.
  • Pineapples are high in fiber, and low in calories, sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol
  • Bromelain is an enzyme contained in pineapple, known for its ability to break down proteins making it great for digestion.

5. Can you get too much of a good thing? The possible negative impact of pineapple’s high levels of vitamin C is that consuming large quantities may induce diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or heartburn. Like everything when it comes to your good health, balance is the key.


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