Nutritional Information for Pineapple

Pineapple is a tasty, sweet fruit that can be used in a number of different ways. Blend frozen pineapple by itself to create a sweet creamy treat or toss it on the grill with other vegetables to sweeten them up.

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Benefits of Pineapple

Cancer Prevention Benefits

Pineapple has a high antioxidant content compared to other fruits. Like apples, red grapes, strawberries and cranberries, pineapple contain a large number of phenolic antioxidant compounds. Bromelain is one of the major constituents found in pineapple that has been studied in vitro. It appears to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity, but in humans it’s less clear. We do know that there are enough studies in vitro to suggest they play an important role in reducing cancer progression. In models testing cancer cells of the colon and breast, bromelain seemed to offer many cancer-protective effects.

Men's Health Benefits

Tropical fruits like pineapple contain melatonin – a  natural compound that humans make in the pineal gland. It helps to control the sleep and wake cycle, but also serves an antioxidant that may help thwart the development of some brain diseases and cancers. In a study of healthy volunteers those eating more pineapple, bananas or oranges had the highest melatonin concentration and highest blood antioxidants levels. This study suggests that by eating more tropical fruits blood melatonin and other antioxidants are boosted, which may ultimately play a role in disease prevention. Just 1-2 slices of pineapple provides enough vitamin C for the entire day not to mention all of the beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants.

Ways to Use Pineapple

+ Add to smoothies. Pairs well with other tropical fruit.

+ Blend frozen pineapple by itself or with a small amount of plant-based milk for creamy frozen treat.

+ Add pineapple to green salads or grain salads.

+ Grill pineapple.

Resources for Pineapple

American Institute for Cancer Research: www.aicr.org

Nutrition Facts: www.nutritionfacts.org

Physicians Committee: www.pcrm.org

USDA Nutrient Database: Pineapple

Citations
  1. Wang L, Tang DQ, Kuang Y, Lin FJ, Su Y. Structural characteristics of pineapple pulp polysaccharides and their antitumor cell proliferation activities.J Sci Food Agric. 2015;95(12):2554-61.
  2. Sun J, Chu YF, Wu X, Liu RH.  Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of common fruits. J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50(25):7449-54.
  3. de Lencastre Novaes LC, Jozala AF, Lopes AM, et al. Stability, purification, and applications of bromelain: A review. Biotechnol Prog. 2016;32(1):5-13.
  4. Romano B, Fasolino I, Pagano E, et al. The chemopreventive action of bromelain, from pineapple stem (Ananas comosus L.), on colon carcinogenesis is related to antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects.  Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014;58(3):457-65.
  5. Sae-Teaw M, Johns J, Johns NP, Subongkot S. Serum melatonin levels and antioxidant capacities after consumption of pineapple, orange, or banana by healthy male volunteers. J Pineal Res. 2013;55(1):58-64.  

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