Published on March 18, 2022

Spotlight on Pineapple

End of winter gets tastier as pineapple comes into season. Originally from South America, and so named because it’s similar shape and spikes to a pinecone, but a fruit like an apple, pineapples contain a bevy of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Uniquely, pineapple is also great raw and cooked.

Eating a 1 cup serving of pineapple provides over 100% of daily Vitamin C, has a high amount of the mineral manganese, and a good amount of fiber. Small studies have suggested pineapple provides excellent support to the immune system, and it’s high vitamin C content may be one reason. The bromelain content of pineapple may be another reason. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple which exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. While much more research is needed, it shows possible benefits for people with osteoarthritis along with many other therapeutic benefits.

Pick up a fresh pineapple, buy some frozen, or canned. Try adding cut up pineapple to yogurt or oatmeal at breakfast, slicing and grilling pineapple along with fish for dinner, or having a cup of frozen pineapple as a snack. If you wonder how to tactfully cut up the unruly looking pineapple, watch this video from Healthline to gain some pineapple cutting skills.