The pineapple got its name in English because of its resemblance to a pine cone, but in parts of Europe and in South America, it’s called some derivative of annas which comes from the Paraguayan word nana, meaning excellent or exquisite fruit – and we couldn’t agree more! Native to South and Central America, pineapples are known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Bromelain, an enzyme found in the juice and stem of pineapples has been used medicinally for centuries among indigenous groups to help reduce inflammation that may flair up internally or externally in the body. It can also help minimize hay fever symptoms, slow down/reduce blood clotting, and even enhance the absorption of antibiotics. More than just anti-inflammation, researchers suggest bromelain can be used to control the growth of tumors and malignant cells that may form in the body.
If that’s not awesome enough, pineapple is packed with fiber to help aid in digestion, and contains vitamin C to boost the immune system. However, due to it’s slightly high, albeit natural, sugar content try to not eat the entire pineapple in one sitting – if you must, try to keep the rest of your sugar consumption in check during the day. When adding pineapple into your diet, a great option is adding a small handful, about 1 cup, of fresh or frozen pineapple to your morning green smoothie. Another great way to indulge on this super stellar superfood is adding pineapple chunks or the juice to a frozen Popsicle recipe. Check out our Coconut Milk Popsicle recipe here. Pineapple Coconut Pops doesn’t sound like a bad idea on a hot day like today!
Source and facts: Greatist