Reasons Why You Should Eat a Little Pineapple
By Genevieve Cunningham
There are some foods that just seem to go with summer. Kiwi, oranges, and avocado are just a few … and of course, we can’t forget the pineapple. Pineapple is one of the most delicious and satisfying of all summer fruits. And as it turns out, it may also be incredibly healthy for your body. Take a look at why you should add a little pineapple to your diet this summer and the healthy benefits that may come with it.
It Can Get Digestion Moving
Pineapple, like many other fruits, is excellent at boosting the digestive system. The water and nutrient content stimulate digestion to move and keep moving. For anyone wanting to lose weight or who suffers from constipation, this can be incredibly beneficial. For everyone else, eating a little pineapple every day can help you stay more regular, which is always better for overall health.
It Can Help Fight Colds and Sinus Problems
Pineapple is packed of Vitamin C, which is an important vitamin for boosting the immune system. But for colds and sinus problems, pineapple is especially helpful. It also contains the compound bromelain, which helps to reduce mucus in the throat and nose. Those who sip on pineapple juice when a sore throat is present may find a little relief. And when a cold is present, eating a little pineapple may keep a little less mucus trapped in the sinus cavities.
It Can Help Build Strong Bones
It’s not as famous as milk for this benefit, but the benefit is still real and present. Pineapple has been linked to stronger and healthier bones. It’s not calcium that makes it famous for this benefit, but rather its high content of manganese. This is a lesser known mineral that plays a big role in keeping the bones healthy and strong. Add just a little to your diet, and this benefit will follow consumption.
Summer is a great time to add pineapple to your diet. They’re currently in season, affordable, and of course delectably delicious. Throw them in a fruit salad, pop them on top of a salad, or eat them raw as a sweet and juicy snack. Grab a pineapple from your local grocer, and enjoy the sweet and tangy flavor as well as these healthy benefits that it may bring into your life.
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