Juice of the Day:
Spinach, Kale,Beet Greens and Parsley mix
1/3 cup Strawberry Granola (purchased at Sprouts)
1 inch size Ginger
2 Pineapple Cubes
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Scoop Protein powder
Pineapple chunks contain manganese, an important mineral for healthy bones.
A cup of pineapple chunks is a healthy, refreshing snack, with 82 calories, no fat and 1 gram of protein. Pineapple contains 16 grams of sugar per cup, a rather high amount that could cause a blood sugar spike in diabetics. But if you don’t need to watch your intake of fructose, pineapple is a healthy food to supplement your diet. Beyond the vitamins and minerals that most fruits provide, pineapple chunks offer a rich source of some of the lesser known micronutrients your body needs.
Pineapple chunks may play a role in keeping your cells healthy. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains 79 milligrams of vitamin C and 96 milligrams of vitamin A, giving you all the vitamin C you need each day and about a fifth of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These compounds heal damaged cells and protect healthy cells from the threat of destructive atoms called free radicals. An abundance of damaged cells may result in the development of diseases and premature aging.
A cup of raw pineapple gives you 1.54 milligrams of manganese, a mineral that helps develop strong bones and connective tissues, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. The Institute of Medicine recommends men get 2.3 milligrams of manganese per day and that women get 1.8 milligrams. Older adults, who are at a higher risk for brittle bones, can benefit from adding pineapple to their diets to ensure they get enough of this nutrient.
For centuries, people in Central and South America have used pineapple to treat indigestion and inflammation. In the late 1800s, scientists isolated bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that helps your body digest protein, as a medicinal ingredient and began to extract it from the stem and juice of the pineapple plant, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Used today in supplement form to reduce inflammation after surgery and to treat nasal swelling during sinus infections, bromelain may also ease pain from osteoarthritis. Although the amount of bromelain in raw pineapple is much lower than the amount in a supplement, adding this fruit to your diet may offer you some of bromelain’s benefits.
Copper promotes wound healing and helps your body produce hemoglobin. A copper deficiency can cause anemia, osteoporosis, thyroid problems or a low white blood cell count. The Institute of Medicine recommends adults get 700 milligrams of copper per day. Foods highest in copper include beef, mollusks, crustaceans and mushrooms, but some fruit also provides it. Each cup of pineapple chunks gives you about 150 milligrams of this mineral, more than a fifth of the amount you need each day.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Bromelain
- Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute of Micronutrients: Manganese
- Institute of Medicine: Dietary Reference Intakes
- USDA Nutrient Database: Pineapple, Raw, All Varieties