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Cheap, delicious and exotic, pineapples are a no-brainer to add to your diet. Available fresh, frozen or canned — make sure to avoid chunks in sugary syrups — they’re easy to add to smoothies, fruit salads or even as a pizza topping. The pineapple has been used in traditional medicines for centuries and has some real health benefits:
Pineapples are high in a group of enzymes known as bromelain, which help break down proteins in the digestive tract, making them easier to absorb. Pineapple can aid people with digestive issues such as pancreatic insufficiency — where the pancreas cannot make enough digestive enzymes on its own. Bromelain has also been linked to reducing upset stomachs, inflammation, nasal swelling and also aiding in the healing of wounds and burns.
One cup of pineapple provides pretty much your daily requirement of vitamin C, which helps the immune system by promoting growth and healing. Bromelain also boosts immunity and can suppress inflammation, with a nine-week study on 98 healthy children showing an increase in immunity in the group that was fed the most pineapple.
Fights disease and cancer
Pineapples are super high in antioxidants such as flavonoids that fight disease. Bromelain also plays a part, with studies showing that it suppresses cancer in the skin, bile duct, gastric system and colon.
Manganese is essential for maintaining strong bones, and pineapples are a top source of the mineral, with a single cup containing over 75 percent of your daily requirement. Studies have shown that manganese could help delay the onset of osteoporosis as well as improve overall bone density. Vitamin C also plays a part here as it is involved in the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Aids weight loss
The super sweet taste of pineapple makes it an excellent low calorie, low fat alternative to processed, sugary treats. Although more tests need to be done to prove theories that pineapple can speed up your metabolism, they do provide you with 2.3 grams of fibre in one cup which can help control blood sugar level and keep you feeling full.