Health Benefits of Pineapples

If you’re looking to up your fruit intake, have you considered adding pineapple to your diet? Not only are they tasty, but they offer many health benefits as well!

Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that has many wonderful health benefits. Did you know that just one cup of pineapple provides 40% of your daily Vitamin C requirements? It also supplies you with your daily supply of manganese, a mineral that is an important factor for energy production, as well as antioxidant defenses. Pineapples also contain bromelain, an enzyme which has been linked to a wide variety of health benefits, including easing inflammation and aiding with digestion.

Pineapples no longer ripen after they’ve been picked. If you want to know a good pineapple from a bad one, try smelling one! Yes, smelling the stem of the pineapple will let you know the difference – the good ones smell sweet, and the bad ones smell sour or fermented. You should also avoid pineapples with any soft spots or bruises.

Pineapples can be cut in several ways, but often it’s best to start by cutting off the crown and the stem first. You can always buy a pineapple cutter (sometimes called a “pineapple wedger”), a utensil made specifically for making it easy to cut pineapples. There are a variety of brands out there, but they all essentially serve the same purpose: making it very easy to cut your pineapple. Just do a quick Google search for “pineapple cutter” and you’ll get an idea of the cutters on the market today. You could probably find one at your local grocery or supermarket, too.

Pineapples are delicious and can be a great addition to any diet. One great way to enjoy pineapple is in a fruit salad! Just cut the pineapple into mini-cubes, toss them in a bowl, and add any other fruit you like! Some recommendations: sliced banana, orange slices, or some strawberries or blueberries. Fruit salad is a tasty afternoon treat that will make it easy to get your daily fruit servings!

Thomas Scott is co-owner and operator of http://www.beahealthyveggie.com/, a website he runs with his wife, Lisa. http://www.beahealthyveggie.com/ is dedicated to sharing information regarding the health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, using the knowledge and experience Thomas and his wife Lisa have gathered with their combined 14+ years as vegetarians.