Pineapples- A Must Have in Your Diet
In this week’ s post I will talk about the amazing benefits of consuming pineapple. In case this is a fruit that you do not really like, maybe you will change your mind after reading about all the ways it can influence your body and health in a very positive way.
As many of you know, pineapples are tropical fruits that have originally been cultivated mainly in Hawaii. Now however, they are mainly cultivated in countries near the Equator such as Brazil, the Philipphines, and Costa Rica. According to Organic Facts the fruiting season runs from March until June. The traditional name is known as “ananas” (Organic Facts).
Some of the possible benefits of pineapple are: reduced chances of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, increases energy level, improved immune system. As a result, pineapples contain vitamins such as: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin B-6. Pineapple is so vital for the immune system because only a single small cup contains 130% of the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C, 2% of calcium and iron. However, keep in mind that the best way to eat pineapple is fresh. In supermarkets is found in various forms such as: fresh, frozen or canned. The reason why you should rather eat fresh pineapple, is because the fresh ones are the only ones that contain bromelain which is a very useful enzyme. It can be used to reduce swelling, joint pain and arthritis.
Furthermore, it is often believed that pineapple leads to weight loss, therefore, it is included in many diets. However, it has been shown in studies, that it does not directly lead to weight loss. Yes, it is great when it comes to digestion because it is a meat tenderizer and it helps break down heavy foods. Even though there are many benefits when it comes to it, it should not be consumed in excess. Maybe you have noticed, that when you eat it in large quantities you get a weird taste on your tongue and your mouth feels more sensible. The excessive consumption can lead to vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and headaches (Organic Facts).
Personally, I think it is very easy to include pineapples in the daily diet. I used to buy the canned ones so I would not have to worry about them going bad, but now I just buy the fresh one and if I do not use it all I just put it in the freezer until the next day. You can eat pineapple with other fruits and simply create your own fruit salad.
This looks very nice and it is not complicated to get done. It is perfect after a hot summer day and contains all the vitamins you need.
Furthermore, my favorite way to eat pineapple is by adding it to my daily smoothie. You can do any combination you like, it is very practical and easy to make.
However, if you prefer you can also just eat it alone without any other fruits. You can use it as a snack during the day, before or between your meals.
P.S: Apparently pineapple is also able to stimulate and increase the Human Growth Hormone if it is eaten before bed. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology claims that pineapple helps the release of melatonin and serotonin which stimulate the hormone production (Kuoppala).
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