Pineapplesare some of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. They are sweet, juicy, and very healthy and nutritious. It is no wonder many people who want to have a healthy lifestyle include these fruits in their diets.  They are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol.

 

Just like oranges, they are rich in vitamin C, which help our immune systems fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected, pineapples can help because they have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus. Eating pineapples while taking the right medications prescribed by the doctor for your sickness can help you recover more quickly.  Bromelain also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion, keeping our digestive tract healthy.

 

They are also great for their ability to build and maintain strong bones. Pineapples contain manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues. In fact, if you consume a cup of pineapple, you can already get 73 percent of your total body requirement for manganese.

 

Pineapples are known to prevent macular degeneration, which is the primary cause of vision loss in adults, and is caused by damage to the retina.  It makes reading, recognizing faces, and doing daily activities a lot more difficult.  Including pineapple in your diet can lower risk of this disease by as much as 36 percent. This is because this fruit contains beta carotene that is good for our sense of sight, among other things.

 

Aside from the summer time favorite of having pineapple in blended drinks, try adding this sweet fruit to your diet in fruit salads, glazes, marinades, garnish, desserts, breads or other creative ways.   Pineapple is another powerhouse fruit with so many vitamins and nutrients for us to keep our bodies healthy-who can resist making them a healthy addition to their diet. 

 

 

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