You are all probably aware of what pineapples are, they’re a sweet fruit that is rich in nutrients. But, there are some things about pineapples you probably didn’t know.
Pineapples came to be known as just that because of their similar resemblance to pinecones and they didn’t originate in Hawaii. Christopher Columbus introduced Europe to pineapples after one of his expeditions to South America, and this is where they are believed to be originated. They became known as an extravagant and exotic fruit which was served at the most lavish of banquets.
Pineapples can commonly be found in just about any grocery store and in many homes around the world. Central and South America, pineapple is not just valued because of its sweet taste, it has been used to treat digestion problems and inflammation. A cup of pineapple contains 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0g of cholesterol, 2 mg of salt, 22g total carbs and 1g of protein.
1. Asthma prevention: When you eat pineapple, your risks for developing asthma is greatly reduced. One of the main nutrient responsible for this is beta-carotene, this nutrient can be found in plant foods like pineapple, mangos, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin and carrots.
2. Blood pressure: When you increase your potassium intake you blood pressure is lowered. The National Health and Nutrition examination Survey says that fewer than 2 percent of U.S. adults meet the daily recommendation of 4,700 mg of potassium.
3. Cancer: Pineapples are a rich source of vitamin C, which can combat the formation of free radicals that are known to cause cancer. When your diet is rich in beta-carotene it can protect the body against prostate cancer.
4. Diabetes: There have been studies that show that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels.
5. Digestion: Eating pineapples improves digestion because pineapples are high in fiber and water. This helps prevent constipation and promotes regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
6. Fertility: When the diet is rich in antioxidants, they have been shown to improve fertility. The antioxidants prevent free radicals from damage reproductive organs. The antioxidants in pineapples like vitamin C, beta-carotene and vitamins and mineral, copper, zinc, and folate have the properties that affect both male and female fertility.
7. Healing and inflammation: There have been studies that show that bromelain can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgical intervention. It is currently being used to treat and reduce inflammation from tendinitis.
8. Skin: Vitamin C can help fight skin damage that is caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C also plays a role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.
9. Bone strength: Pineapples help keeps the bones strong because they contain about 75 percent of the daily recommended value of manganese, which is essential for developing strong bones and connective tissue.
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