Pineapple is considered a tropical fruit that has a lot of sugar, but it’s natural sugar. This means that if you know to eat it in a controlled quantity you can enjoy the many benefits that natural pineapple has to offer.
Anyone who knows me knows that I do not believe in dieting – I believe in a way of life.
If it is a natural and healthy food I eat it, but of course to a degree.
In a glass of pineapple (about 120 grams), there are a total of 57 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 13.5 grams of carbohydrate, 0.2 grams of protein and 8.5 grams of sugar (which is about two teaspoons more). The 8.5 grams of sugar are natural and are known as fructose. So as long as we eat the right amount (1/2 cup for those who want to lose weight and a glass for those who keep) there is no need to worry.
Here are some of the reasons why we do want to eat pineapple:
Pineapple helps digestion and relieves arthritis and sinusitis. Pineapple juice kills intestinal worms in addition to other health benefits.
Pineapple has a large amount of manganese, an essential mineral for the strength of bones and connective tissue.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps break down proteins and is it’s the main contribution to digestion.
Treatment with bromelain is also very effective against all kinds of sports injuries.
Pineapple reduces inflammation and postoperative swelling.
In cases of colds and coughs, it is very helpful in cleaning the airways and throat of mucus because it has vitamin C.
It is important to remember however that all these benefits are found only in fresh pineapple. Dried pineapple barely has any bromelin left