Ever wonder how a Pineapple Grows or its nutritional value? Read all about the jaw-dropping Health Benefits of Pineapple right now!
Unappealing to the eye and more difficult than peeling a banana or orange, the pineapple is considered by some to be the black sheep of the fruit family. Like Marmite, there are those who love it and others that simply loathe it. You just have to take a look at the great pineapple pizza debate that still continues to hit the headlines to see what we mean. Whilst many find it a perfect accompaniment to ham and mushroom on their pizza, the president of Iceland would wholeheartedly disagree.
No matter your opinion on this foreboding yet super tasty fruit, there are a whole host of benefits of making it part of your five (or 10 if you believe what you read) a day, many of them health related. In this article, we will give you the eight ways that pineapple will improve your health and well being, not just today, but for many years to come.
How does the pineapple grow?
However, before we launch in, first we’ll cover the fundamentals to help you get a better understanding of this much-maligned and misunderstood fruit. There’s a misconception among many people that pineapples grow on trees, but they do in fact grow out of the ground. The pineapple grows when dozens of individual fruit-producing flowers fuse into a single fruit, which is capped with a “crown” sporting numerous short leaves.
A healthy pineapple can sprout up to around a whopping five feet (or 1.5 meters) in length. The pineapple fruit grows out of the top of the central stem. However, growth is at a snail’s pace, with some taking up to two years to reach full size.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Next, let’s look at the key nutritional facts of the pineapple and consider something that most of us really like to talk about – and that’s carbs. Pineapple is made up of mostly water (86%) and carbohydrates (13%), with almost no fat or protein.
A fresh pineapple contains 50 calories per 100 grams, which amounts to only 83 calories per cup (165 grams). Pineapple is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals.
One single cup of pineapple provides 132% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C and 76% for manganese, which is something that we will explore in great detail later.
For an age now, teachers and government have stressed the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits to tackle many lifestyle-related health conditions, and pineapple is no exception. What gives pineapple it’s power is a little thing called bromelain.
Pineapple Recipes We Love
- Chipotle Chicken Pineapple Salad
- Dreamy Mango Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie
- Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Mojito
- Semi-Homemade Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa
- Double Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting
We hope you find this informative article from Rob of GoGoFruitBasket beneficial in your quest for a happier, healthier you. Gogo fruit Basket was launched in 2000 to offer local people the chance to send fruit baskets as gifts to friends and family further afield, via couriers, hence the online business was born and gave users worldwide the opportunity to send high-quality fruit baskets at a fair price. They now have a loyal customer base, and regularly receive compliments for the high quality of their products and customer service.
Disclosure: The author of this article is not a trained medical professional, nor a dietician. All of the information in this post is based on research and personal experience.