If you would have placed this quirky lookin’ fruit in front of me as a child, I would have quickly and adamantly turned you away (although I don’t think I ever actually tried it– what can I say, I was a picky child).
But currently, I’m having a love affair with these spiky balls of sunshine, and for more reasons than just the wonderfully sweetness you get with every bite!
PINEAPPLES ARE AWESOME!! They are chalk-full of health benefits and amazing nutrition. Everyone needs to go buy one ASAP (all of my midwest friends can find them on sale at Jewel for 77 cents currently– GO GO GO.)
This fruit packs a punch, and here are my favorite reasons why:
1. Anti-inflammatory benefits
Got joint pain? Sore from a kick-ass workout? Pineapple has got your back. Pineapple contains a little superhero called bromelain– a proteolytic enzyme that has crazy anti-inflammatory effects.
As someone who has suffered with Sjogren’s since the age of 9 (not a lot of people know about this, but for quick reference, it’s related to Rheumatoid Arthritis), I’ve always had a lot of joint pain and it is so easy to turn to pain-killers to help. But instead, try supplementing your diet with nature’s medicine cabinet 🙂
2. Digestive aide
Why eat a Fiber One bar when you could get the best fiber from pineapple? (Okay, I know why, because those things are weirdly delicious but also processed so ya know, moderation).
All fruit is great for fiber intake, but pineapple is a special little unicorn in the fact that it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber– meaning eating this badboy will keep you safe from all sorts of nasty and uncomfortable tummy issues, including IBS.
3. Immune system support
Got vitamin C? PINEAPPLE DOES.
We all know how important vitamin C is in maintaining our immune system, and a single serving of pineapple has a whopping 130% of your daily intake. Move over orange juice!
4. Oral and eye health
Pineapples are high in astringent agents, which means eatin’ some of this fruit will strengthen your gums and prevent tooth loss.
Now, I already have 20/20 vision, and I’d like to keep that for as long as possible! With a little help from my friend and it’s beta-carotene components, I’ll be warding off macular degeneration and boosting my eye health well into my grandmother years.
5. Prevents against arthritis, cancer and heart disease
In addition to the antioxidant powers from vitamin C, pineapples also are rockstars at providing other antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese. Pineapples have been proven to provide fighting mechanisms against throat, mouth and breast cancer.
So there you have it. Go get yourself a cute little pineapple and enjoy!
What are my favorite ways to eat pineapple?
- RAW! Make sure it’s ripe (the more yellow, the better!)
- Homemade Healthy Dolewhip
💛Greek yogurt (amount depending on desired thickness)
💛Dash of vanilla
💛 🍍chunks!! (3-4oz or else it’ll be too runny!)
💛 Bonus: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides!
Leave your favorite ways to eat pineapple below!
thrive & be bold.