The benefits of eating pineapples
December 14, 2006 12:45am CST
Pineapples are a source of vitamin C and potassium. Pineapples may also have anti-inflammatory effects. It contains the enzyme brome lain, which is thought to aid digestion. Pineapple reduces blood-clotting and could also help to remove plaque from arterial walls. How much pineapple should you eat? Pineapple is healthy and should be eaten often. A thick slice weighs around 80g. Maximizing the benefits of pineapples Cooked pineapple loses its brome lain, so it is best eaten fresh. Tinned pineapple also has a very high sugar content
15 Dec 06
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which digests food by breaking down protein. Pineapple juice can thus be used as a marinade and tenderizer for meat. The enzymes in pineapples can interfere with the preparation of some foods, such as jelly or other gelatin-based desserts. There is significant evidence pointing to the anti-inflammatory benefits of bromelain. Some have claimed that pineapple has benefits for some intestinal disorders while others claim that it helps to induce childbirth when a baby is overdue. These enzymes can be hazardous to someone suffering from certain protein deficiencies or disorders, such as Ehlers-danlos. It can also be used in savory dishes to enhance digestion. Pineapple is a good source of manganese, as well as containing significant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin B1.