Food Focus: Pineapple

pineappleDid you know that pineapple is a compound fruit? I didn’t even know what a compound fruit was until I did my research for this article. A compound fruit is a fruit that develops from many small fruits that become fused together around a central core. It’s low in calories: around 50 calories/100 grams (approx. 3/5 cup) and contains a digestive enzyme called bromelain that digests food by breaking down the proteins. Bromelain has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that regular consumption of pineapple helps prevent arthritis (note—“-itis” indicates inflammation), indigestion and worm infestation.

In terms of percentage of RDA, pineapple contains:

  • Vitamins
    • Folates – 4.5%
    • Niacin – 4%
    • Pyridoxine – 9%
    • Riboflavin – 1.5%
    • Thiamin – 6.5%
    • Vitamin A – 2%
    • Vitamin C – 80%
    • Vitamin E – <1%
    • Vitamin K – 0.5%
  • Electrolytes
    • Potassium – 2.5%
  • Minerals
    • Calcium – 13%
    • Copper – 12%
    • Iron – 3.5%
    • Magnesium – 3%
    • Manganese – 40%
    • Phosphorous – 1%
    • Selenium – <1%
    • Zinc – 1%

Pineapple has always been one of my favorite fruits. I also love to make fresh pineapple/carrot juice. Yummy.

Reference: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pineapple.html

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