Pineapples are on sale! This sweet refreshing fruit is probably on sale at your local grocery store and if not it will probably be on sale soon. So it is a great time to learn about the health benefits of this festive fruit, but there are some things you want to be aware of.
Pineapples are a low-calorie fruit but they pack a hard punch with Vitamin C. In fact, pineapple has about 79 mg of vitamin C per cup – which is more than orange. Vitamin C is well known for being a safe and super helpful nutrient. It will not cure your cold but it can protect you against other things. According to WebMD , their team of doctor and researchers, benefits include:
Protection against immune system deficiencies cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.
There are some risks to consuming too much pineapple. Yes, there can be too much of a good thing – like… nausea, heartburn, diarrhea… you know the tune. And this can have you reaching for that pink bottle. Live Science does a great job of sharing risks, and even more health information on pineapple.
Picking a Pineapple
So what is the best way to pick a pineapple? I feel like pineapples, cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydew, and other similar fruits with thick skins/rinds are difficult to select. However, Organic Facts has taken some of the guesswork out.
The ripeness and freshness of a pineapple can be determined by the smell if its base (no matter how green the crown is). Pick a pineapple, the base of which smells sweet, just like pineapple juice. A fragrance-free pineapple is either harvested too early or is not sweet as it should be.
For a fresh take on pineapple check out these unique plant-based pineapple recipes.
Also, Mr. Macka B wrote a song, or rather rap, about it. Want to hear it?