5 Reasons to add pineapple to your diet

Cheap, delicious and exotic, pineapples are a no-brainer to add to your diet. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 15 June 2020

5 Reasons to add pineapple to your diet

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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:

Aids digestion

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.




Available fresh, frozen or canned, they’re easy to add to smoothies, fruit salads or even as a pizza topping. (Shutterstock)

Improved immunity

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.




Pineapples can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. (Shutterstock)

Stronger bones

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.


In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

Updated 05 July 2020

In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

  • The Baalbek International Festival was streamed live on television and social media
  • The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem

BEIRUT: A philharmonic orchestra performed to spectator-free Roman ruins in east Lebanon Sunday, after a top summer festival downsized to a single concert in a year of economic meltdown and pandemic.
The Baalbek International Festival was instead streamed live on television and social media, in what its director called a message of “hope and resilience” amid ever-worsening daily woes.
The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem, followed by Carmina Burana’s “O Fortuna,” a 13th century poem set to music.

The program, which ran for just over an hour, included a mix of classical music and rock and folk tunes by composers ranging from Beethoven to Lebanon’s Rahbani brothers.
Held in the open air and conducted by Harout Fazlian, the 150 musicians and chorists were scattered inside the illuminated Temple of Bacchus, as drones filmed them among the enormous ruins and Greco-Roman temples of Baalbek.
Festival director Nayla de Freige told AFP most artists performed for free at the designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
The concert aimed to represent “a way of saying that Lebanon does not want to die. We have an extremely productive and creative art and culture sector,” she said.
“We want to send a message of civilization, hope and resilience.”
Baalbek itself became a militia stronghold during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, but conservation and tourism have revived the ruins over the past three decades.
Lebanon is known for its summer music festivals, which have in past years drawn large crowds every night and attracted performers like Shakira, Sting and Andrea Bocelli.
Other festivals have not yet announced their plans for this year.
Lebanon has recorded just 1,873 cases of COVID-19, including 36 deaths.
But measures to stem the spread of the virus have exacerbated the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Since economic woes in the autumn sparked mass protests against a political class deemed irretrievably corrupt, tens of thousands have lost their jobs or part of their income, and prices have skyrocketed.
Banks have prevented depositors from withdrawing their dollar savings, while the local currency has lost more than 80 percent of its value to the greenback on the black market.