Fruit with a crown

  • 07 Apr - 13 Apr, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
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Nutritional Profile

Pineapple provides 50 calories per 100gm; 0.1g of fat, 1mg of sodium, 109mg potassium, 0.5g of protien and 13g of carbohydrate.

Interesting facts

· Pineapples regenerate, which means you can plant pineapple leaves to grow a new plant.

· Pineapples contain the bromelain enzyme which can break down proteins, so you can use them to tenderise meat.

· Hawaii produces about one-third of all pineapples in the world.

· The fruit is are native to South America before Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1493.

· Pineapples ripen faster upside down.

Health benefits

· Pineapple contains a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins and has serious anti-inflammatory effects on joints and muscles.

· A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C which helps in reducing illnesses and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells.

· Pineapple has been directly related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast, as it is rich in various antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese.

· Pineapple, being rich in fiber, promotes the passage of food through the digestive tract at a normal rate and stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to help food dissolve.

· Pineapple has an impressive amount of manganese, a trace mineral essential for the strengthening of bones, as well as their growth and repair.


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.