I always read the Cooperative Farming News from cover to cover. Kenn Alan’s Home Grown Tomatoes articles cover a lot of landscape when it comes to gardening.
Last December, I read his article on pineapples (Ananas comosus) and it seemed to me a lot of information was overlooked. Please understand, I love the pineapple and I have studied them quite extensively…and I respect Kenn Alan’s review of my favorite fruit. I just think more could be said about this incredible edible!
For example: pineapples contain dietary fiber, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B-12, B-6, A, E, K, M (or B-9) and beta carotene. Wow! That doesn’t even list the trace nutrients!
Pineapples have negligible fat and sodium, and they have no cholesterol. The enzymes contained in this fruit help digestion, maintain ideal weight and balance nutrition.
Here are some interesting facts I found on the Internet and were corroborated by a nutritionist friend. Pineapples contain certain micro-nutrients that, so it is believed by some experts, help prevent cancer, break up blood clots (anti-coagulant) and are beneficial to the heart. Pineapple juice relieves intestinal disorders. It also acts as a diuretic, stimulating the kidneys and aiding in expelling toxins from the body. It is even noted it kills intestinal worms.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which helps breakdown proteins among other benefits. The raw form of this enzyme is processed to make meat tenderizers.
Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple plant. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and can aid in the relief of athletic injuries, bruising, arthritis, gout and sinusitis.
Some pineapples contain higher levels of acid than others. Since most of us aren’t able to tell the difference from one variety to another, let your taster be the judge on how much to eat each time. I eat pineapple every day as a between meal snack, but some varieties have so much acid my mouth suffers. No matter, I still eat pineapple every day for the flavor and the health benefits.
Pineapples are fun to grow too!
I know there’s even more that could be said about the pineapple, but there’s just not enough room. E-mail me if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading!