Pineapple: Nutritional value
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• Good for the Heart
• Helps the Digestive System
Pineapple: Delicious and helpful.
This beautiful, exotic fruit has much more to it than just the delicious and sweet taste. This fruit’s beneficial health traits lie in the possession of an enzyme called Bromelain. This enzyme helps the digestive system to process proteins. Not only that, official researches show that the enzyme Bromelain also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. This means the consumption of pineapple aids the treatment of muscle injuries, sprains and post-operative inflammation through working on reducing the pain and the swelling.
The fruit is also a good source of Manganese. Manganese is an essential trace mineral needed for the function and formation of skin, bone and cartilage. Pineapple also provides the body with Vitamin C, which is a great help in enhancing the immune functions of the body and also fights those dangerous free radicals.
The historical pineapple
Not only this fruit has a lot to offer in health benefits, the pineapple is also loaded with historical value. A pineapple would often figure in the center of wealthy European tables. In the Colonial times, hosts would offer them to guests. Pineapples were seen as an indication that the host was wealthy, and that the guest was important enough to have such a treasure offered to.
As time went by, the pineapple became more accessible, but its significance endured the test of time and it still retains its status as a symbol of welcoming, hospitality. Nowadays you can find pineapples as decorative figures, at the entrances of homes or festive tables.
We wrote this article with information found online, mostly on Wikipedia, and also from the book The Top 100 Healing Foods: 100 Foods to Relieve Common Ailments and Enhance Health and Vitality (The Top 100 Recipes Series), by Paula Bartimeus. It’s available from Amazon and we love it!