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Pineapple - the berry with amazing health benefits

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Pineapples are a sweet tropical fruit that are full of surprising health benefits. They are part of the bromeliad plant family and the only fruit producing variety.

Pineapples are actually berries, with each scale representing an individual berry around a central core. They are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes and have a wide range of health benefits.



Pineapple


Interesting pineapple facts

1. Immune system powerhouse
1 cup (165 g) of fresh pineapple contains 131% of your daily vitamin C intake! This powerful antioxidant is essential for strengthening the immune system and fighting cell damage.

Pineapple also reduces mucus in the nose and throat, which in combination with vitamin C is great for reducing common cold symptoms.



Pineapple
Antioxidant super smoothie


2. Bone and connective tissue health
This sweet fruit contains nearly 75% of your daily manganese requirements, which strengthens connective tissue and bones. In combination with other nutrients, manganese is associated with reducing the risk of oesteoarthritis post-menopause.

3. Eye health
The high vitamin C content reduces the risk and progression of macular degeneration.

4. Digestive health
The high amount of fibre promotes good digestive health. Fascinatingly the presence of the bromelian proteins aid to break down protein, further enhancing digestive function. It is also one of the friuits you can eat if you are undertaking bowel preparation to prepare for colonoscopy.



Pineapple
Pineapple and pomegranate salad


5. Reducing inflammation
The bromelian levels found in pineapple reduce inflammation and studies have shown it can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time and pain associated with injury and surgery. It can also reduce ear, nose and throat inflammation.

How to add pineapple into your diet
Pineapples are versatile and can be eaten alone or added to fruit salads, rice dishes, pizzas, curries and kebabs. They can also be blended into smoothies or sorbets.



Pine lime mocktail
Pine lime mocktail


Other uses of pineapple
By far the weirdest use of pineapple is to prevent dogs from eating each other’s poo. My vet recommended it! You can read about it here Natural pet deodoriser hacks.



Stop your dogs eating each other’s poo
Dogs love pineapple!


There is a lot to like about pineapple. How do you like to eat it?

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I love pineapple and knew it was good for one but I didn't realise it had so many health benefits. Thanks for an interesting article.
Thanks! I love pineapple as well as it is so delicious and versatile.
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