The Pineapple (Ananas)
Although pineapple is available round the year, it is one of the abundantly available fruits of monsoon. The sweet sour fruit contains potassium and sodium profusely. It is also a good source of vitamin C which is helpful in fighting against free radicals which cause diabetes, heart ailments and some cancers. An enzyme called bromelain is helpful in digestion of protein. There are other enzymes which are beneficial in keeping the skin smooth and glowing. Pineapple can prevent blood clot formation because of bromelain content.
Manganese is a vitamin which our body does not produce on its own and we need to find daily sources of manganese in food to benefit our bodies. Pineapple contains a lot of this vitamin which is helpful for bone formation, healing of wounds, keeping our skin healthy, regulating our blood sugar levels and helping our immune system fight against diseases. Eating a good portion of pineapple daily ensures that we are getting enough of manganese in our diet.
Vitamin C is called water soluble vitamin as it does not store in our body. We need to take it daily to replenish its levels. Pineapple is a very good source of vitamin C which is responsible to repair our body and helps in the formation of collagen, a protein that grows new skin and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also helpful in keeping away the common cold.
Vitamin B-1 helps in the development of energy in our body, turning carbohydrates into the daily fuel our body needs. Vitamin B-1 is important to the nervous system and muscle function. Vitamin B-1 is also called ‘thiamine’ and can be found in meat, whole grain, leafy vegetables and egg yolk too.
Pineapple is a very popular flavour found in ice creams, cakes, pastries, biscuits and many other culinary items.
■ It lessens risk of hypertension: Hypertension occurs when too much force is exerted on the artery walls while the blood circulates. One of the best ways to combat this is to infuse a high amount of potassium plus a small amount of sodium in your diet to lower blood pressure. Pineapples are the perfect for hypertension because a cup of pineapple contains about 1 mg of sodium and 195 mg of potassium.
■ It helps you lose weight: Eating pineapple can highly cut down your sweet cravings because of its natural sweetness, saving you from a lot of sugar-induced calories. Incorporating a lot of pineapple in your meals will also help a lot in weight loss because pineapples can make you feel full without giving you an ounce of fat.
■ It maintains good eye health: Time and again, studies have found that pineapples protect against age-related eye problems because it is rich in antioxidants.
■ It fights a lot of diseases, being rich in Vitamin C: Pineapples are known to be a very good source of vitamin C, which protects our bodies from free radicals that attack our healthy cells. Lots of free radicals in the body can lead to major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers. Vitamin C is considered the most important water-soluble anti-oxidant that fights against disease-inducing substances within the body. It is also an excellent fighter against flu and a great enhancer of the immune system.
■ It prevents plaque and keeps teeth healthy: Another benefit of the high amount of vitamin C in pineapples is that it prevents formation of plaque and gum diseases.
■ It cures constipation and irregular bowel movement: Pineapple is rich in fiber, making it effective in curing constipation and irregular bowel movement.
■ It keeps your skin beautiful! Pineapple contains enzymes that make skin elastic, improve skin hydration, and remove damaged and dead cells. Thus, it helps us achieve a clear and glowing complexion. The enzymes in pineapples also fight free racial damage and can reduce age spots and fine lines.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna