Is Pineapple Good For You?
This tropical, spiky fruit might be easily identifiable in a lineup, but do its health properties equal its juicy flavour?
The pineapple is a tropical plant native to South America where its fruit has been sought after and cultivated for many centuries. When the fruit first reached Europe in the 17th century, it was immediately heralded as a luxurious cultural icon – just take a look at the high-society art of the time for proof!
Is pineapple good for you?
A ripe pineapple is not only full to the brim with tart, sweet juice and bags of flavour but also contains high quantities of fibre and key vitamins and minerals needed for good overall health. Not forgetting the pineapple is the natural home of a plant-compound called bromelain.
Why is pineapple good for you?
Bromelain has long been known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties and can be found in all parts of fresh pineapple.
Dietary fibre is what helps keep our digestive systems in working order, something you might not know you’re missing, but is vital to get enough of. In a portion of pineapple, you’ll also get significant quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, manganese and folic acid.
Hungry for pineapple but need some inspiration on working it into tonight’s dinner? Try our recipe for Sweet and Sour Tofu.
Keep your health and plant-based questions coming our way!
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.