One of the most beloved and beloved fruits, pineapple, has an interesting story to tell. Originally from Paraguay and South America, it spread from its native land, by local Indians, across South America, Central America and the West Indies.
Later she was taken to Spain, when Columbus discovered America in 1492.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was spread to the rest of the world by European sailors who transported it to protect themselves from scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.
Scientifically, pineapple is known as “Ananas comosus” and belongs to the Bromeliaceae family.
Pineapple is a tropical, perennial and drought tolerant plant. The tree can reach a height of 120 centimeters and spreads in a radius of about 2 to 3 meters.
It is basically a short, sturdy stem with a rosette of needle-tipped waxy leaves.
Benefits, properties and uses of pineapple fruit for health.
Pineapple is low in calories, the flavor of this fruit is delicious and contains essential minerals and vitamins for optimal health.
100g of fruit only provides about 50 calories equivalent to the caloric value of apples. It does not contain saturated fat or cholesterol, but it is an excellent source of soluble dietary fiber.
Pineapple has a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, it has anti-inflammatory, anticoagulants and anticancer drugs.
Researchers have found that consuming pineapple helps regulate the fight against arthritis and indigestion.
Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen in the body and this delicious fruit contains this vitamin, being the collagen of vitamin C, the main structural protein of the body, necessary for maintaining the health of blood vessels, organs, skin and bones.
Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C and this vitamin helps the body to protect itself from scurvy and to develop resistance to infectious agents.
It also contains a small amount of vitamin A, with high levels of beta carotene.
These compounds are recognized for their antioxidant properties.
Vitamin A too it is necessary to maintain healthy skin and is essential for vision. Studies suggest that regular consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the human body protect itself against lung and oral cavity cancers.
Additionally, pineapple is rich in B vitamins such as thiamine, folate, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese.
Potassium is a key component of cells and body fluids, which can help us control blood pressure and heart rate. Copper is a useful element for the synthesis of red blood cells.
Manganese helps superoxide enzymes to function properly in the body.
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain which causes uterine bleeding if consumed in excess or in large amounts during pregnancy.
Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain, which breaks down proteins in foods. Researchers have shown that consuming pineapple helps regulate the fight against arthritis and indigestion.
Preparation of this delicious fruit.
Pineapple can be cut and peeled in several ways.
Usually the crown and the base of the fruit are cut with a knife. To peel the fruit, lay the base and gently cut the skin with the tip of your knife.
Once the skin is removed, cut the fruit into desirable pieces.