REASONS TO ADD A BIT OF PINEAPPLE TO YOUR DIET
Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that have been celebrated for centuries not only for their distinct taste but also for their seemingly miraculous health benefits.
Pineapple is not really a fruit. It is rather a mass of individual berries fused to the central stalk.
And it has some really amazing health benefits:-
An Anti-inflammatory agent:- Its most essential health promoting compound is, the enzyme bromelain. The complex mixture of its substances can act as a pain reliever, blood thinner and anti-cogulant, as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. Long story in short, it is nature’s aspirin.
Cure for constipation:- This miraculous fruit aids in the natural digestion progress. The high quantity of fiber helps in the formation of stool and its quick movement though the tract while the enzyme bromelain is known to help in the breakdown of protein. Pineapple juice, in particular, serves as a great laxative that cures constipation.
Helps in burning fat:- Even though it contains sugar the amount is not so overwhelming. Plus, the amount of fat is negligible as well, making it a go-to-snack for the ones trying to shed kilos. The soluble fiber content contributes to a delayed digestive process which helps to control hunger pangs and indirectly accounts for a boost in metabolism and calorie burn.
Good for the eyes:- Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C, anti-oxidants and minerals like manganese and potassium. It helps fight against cell damage and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, and eye disease that affects older people. It is also a good source of beta carotene, essential for eye health.
Regulates blood pressure and hypertension:- A cup of pineapple contains one mg of sodium and 195 mg of potassium which is vital for bringing down the blood pressure to a state of normalcy. Potassium is an essential mineral which helps in regulating blood pressure in the body.
Note:- Too much pineapple is not recommended. An ‘overdose’ can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and nausea. Pregnant women should avoid eating excessive pineapple.