It’s not just a tasty fruit, though, eating pineapple is great for your health and well-being too! Keep reading to learn about just what a nutritional powerhouse it is.
When it comes to eating pineapple, fresh is best. There are still some health benefits to eating canned pineapple or pineapple juice, but fresh pineapple is definitely going to give you more bang for your buck. It’s important to remember that when tracking sugar, the sugar from fruit is natural sugar, not added sugars. Added sugars are used during processing.
The calories in pineapple are comparable to a serving of most fresh fruits, including a medium apple or orange or serving of strawberries. You can track all of the calories you consume using an app like LIVESTRONG.COM’s MyPlate.
A one-cup serving of cubed pineapple contains:
- Calories: 80
- Fat: 0 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 21 grams
- Sugar: 16 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Like most fruits and vegetables, health benefits come from the combination of the nutrients they contain. Pineapple is packed with vitamins and nutrients that make it an especially powerful fruit with the potential to improve health.
How to Tell If a Pineapple Is Ripe
Pineapples are usually picked ripe. Choose a pineapple with green leaves, not brown. Look for skin that is bright, sometimes it will be green or even slightly yellow. If it’s dull, dry or looks old, put it aside.
Turn your pineapple over, look at the bottom and press on the skin. It should be firm to the touch. Finish by smelling your pineapple. If it smells like a pineapple, it’s ripe and ready to eat.
How to Cut a Pineapple
There are a couple of common methods used when cutting a pineapple. The goal is to cut as close to the peel as possible to preserve the flesh of the pineapple. Some individuals prefer a pineapple corer, which can core, peel and slice the pineapple at the same time, depending on the model.
When peeling and coring a pineapple, always remember to handle the knife safely and to use a cutting board. The top, peels and core of the pineapple can be composted. Because it’ll take longer for the top to break down, it may be helpful to cut the top and peel into smaller pieces to aid in its decomposition.
- Twist off the top of the pineapple. Place the pineapple on its side and cut the top and bottom off.
- Position pineapple right side up and follow the contour of the pineapple, cutting away the peel. Repeat until all of the peel has been cut off.
- With the pineapple still standing up, cut into the fruit as close to the core as possible to remove the core. Alternatively, you can cut the pineapple into one-inch slices with the core intact
- Cut the flesh into chunks.
5 Yummy and Nutritious Pineapple Recipes
Although pineapple is delicious as a fresh fruit, there’s no law that you have to keep it in its original form. Its versatility in different types of dishes makes pineapple an ideal ingredient in cooking. Here are five ways you can try it.
What Do YOU Think?
Do you eat lots of pineapple? Do you eat them every day or just every once in a while? Did you know about all their health benefits? What is your favorite way to eat pineapple? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
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