Pineapple

Pineapple

– Parts used in the Pineapple:

Mature fruit

 

– Family:

Bromeliaceae

 

– History and information:

Pineapples were discovered by Europeans in 1493 on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe.
Early attempts by Europeans to cultivate the fruit failed until they realized that the fruit needs a tropical climate to flourish. By the end of the 16th century, Portuguese and Spanish explorers introduced pineapples into their Asian, African and South Pacific colonies.
Pineapples were first cultivated in Hawaii in the 18th century. Hawaii is the only U.S. state in which they are still grown.
Other countries that commercially grow pineapples include Thailand, the Philippines, China, Brazil and Mexico.




– Nutritional value:

  • 70% of the weight of the fruit water
  • 20% sugars
  • Vitamnaat especially C, A, B
  • Metal salts, such as potassium, sodium, fluorine
  • Enzymes bromelain

 

– Health Benefits of Pineapple:

  1. Immune system support
    Pineapple contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.
  2. Bone strength
    Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
  3. Eye health
    Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains.
  4. Digestion
    Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.
  5. Anti-Inflammatory benefits
    Due to a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the core of the pineapple, well known as bromelain, pineapples can help reduce severe inflammation … and can reduce tumor growth, A variety of studies have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, though more research is needed.
  6. Blood clot reduction
    Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.
  7. Common cold and sinus inflammation
    In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks.

 

– Health risks:

Eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice is dangerous, reports the horticulture department at Purdue University. In this state, it is toxic to humans and can lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting. Eating a great deal of pineapple cores can also cause fiber balls to form in the digestive tract.

 

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