Health Benefits of Pineapple

One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contain approximately 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 2 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fiber) and 1 gram of protein.

Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called Bromelain which:

  • Aids in Digestion
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling
  • Anticancer agent that inhibits tumor growth
  • Shorten recovery time following plastic surgery and injuries
  • Breaks down mucus in respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Excellent source of Manganese (important in energy production and antioxidant defenses)

Select a pineapple with a firm, plump body without bruising or soft spots and green leaves at the crown. A green outer shell does not mean the pineapple is not ripe and contrary to popular belief, neither does the ease in which the leaves pull from the crown. Pineapples should be picked at their peak ripeness since unlike other fruits; they will not continue to ripen once picked. Whole or cut pineapple should be stored in the refrigerator.

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