That exotic fruit that screams summer and reminds you of being on a beach, piña colada in hand (possibly).
They got their name due to their resemblance to pine cones, and are in fact from South America and not Hawaii, despite popular belief!
But did you know that it’s actually being used now in revolutionary treatment to help prepare even serious burn patients for skin grafts? This article explains how.
In addition to this medical use, studies have shown that bromelain, the enzyme that helps eat away at the burnt skin, can also reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgery.
Bromelain is being used to treat and reduce inflammation from a number of conditions such as tendinitis, sprains, and post-operative swelling.
Pineapple is also great for your immune system as it is packed with vitamin C. It contains calcium and manganese which are essential for bone, cartilage and skin development. It contains beta-carotene which can help to reduce your risk of developing asthma, and also along with the minerals copper, zinc and folate (found in pineapples) can improve fertility for both men and women!
It is also rich in fibre, helping to prevent constipation and improve digestion, as well as making it filling (great for breakfast or an afternoon snack!).
Despite the amazing health benefits of pineapple, there are some things to be aware of that could be detrimental to your health;
- Pineapple has high potassium content and if too much is eaten whilst taking beta-blockers, a medication commonly administered for heart disease, the potassium levels in your blood can spike too much and cause complications.
- If you have poor kidney functions, you may be unable to process high levels of potassium and remove them from the blood, which can potentially be fatal.
- Pineapple is very acidic, eating too much can cause mouth ulcers and also be problematic if you have acid reflux (or similar problems) as it can lead to heartburn.
Those are risks that mainly materialise if you eat A LOT of pineapple!
It is easy to incorporate pineapple into your diet. It’s great alone, in a fruit salad, even caramelised in a frying pan/ with a blow torch, served with ice cream for an indulgent dessert. I like to eat it in my daily breakfast smoothie! Here’s one recipe you can try..
Recipe: Fruit smoothie
- 1 cup freshly chopped ripe pineapple
- 4 strawberries
- 50g blueberries
- Half an apple
- Handful of spinach leaves
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender with 200ml of cold water/coconut water and blend until smooth.