Pineapples are currently the second most popular tropical fruit in the diet of Americans (bananas are the first). They are known for being very juicy and for their great tasting tropical flavor. They are also one of the three ingredients in our carrot kick juice drink! So what do pineapples have to offer in terms of health benefits?
Firstly, pineapples are a rich source of bromelain. Bromelain is whats known as a proteolytic enzyme. What this means is that these enzymes help the body digest proteins more efficiently, helping to maximize the nutritional value of other food. Bromelain not only aids digestion, but also inhibits the activity of a variety of inflammation causing agents. This is shown to have positive results in tests involving conditions such as acute sinusititis, sore throat and arthritis.
Pineapples are a popular remedy for cold because not only are they high in vitamin C, but also the bromelain in pineapple can reduce mucous build up in the throat.
Pineapple is great served on it's own sliced or as part of a fruit salad. It is of course best fresh and uncooked as cooking would destroy the digestive enzymes. If you have any kind of inflammatory condition such as a sore throat, try eating fresh pineapple slices between meals- if you eat pineapple with a meal, the bromelain will effectively be used by your body to digest the proteins in your meal, rather than inhibiting the inflammation.
Watch this space for upcoming blog posts exploring the health benefits of our other juices soon.