The pineapple is a member of the Bromeliaceae family, which is named after the enzyme bromelain. This enzyme helps breaks down protein, deeming it an excelled meat marinade or tenderizer.
The pineapple fruit is formed from many flowers that can be identified by the spiny "eyes" on the outside rind. Each flower produces a fruit, and as the fruits grow, they fuse together around the stem.
Ripe pineapples should be yellow at the base, have no brown spots and should smell sweet at the stem end. They provide many healthy nutrients and are a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, thiamin, manganese, potassium and dietary fiber.
Pineapple Nutrition Facts
1/2 Cup Pineapple
Sugar in Pineapple
Although fruits contain natural sugars, they also come with blood-sugar-regulating fiber and important vitamins and minerals.
Still, be wary of pineapple's sugar content and stick to the recommended serving size — especially if you have diabetes or need to monitor your sugar intake more closely.
Sugar in Fresh Pineapple
The recommended serving size for fresh pineapple is half a cup, which contains 8.1 grams of sugar. Fresh, plain pineapple contains less sugar than canned pineapple that's preserved in syrup as well as dried pineapple.
Sugar in Canned Pineapple
Canned pineapple typically has more sugar in it because it is stored in juices to preserve its freshness and flavor. These juices often have additives and flavoring to assist in this process. The recommended serving size for canned pineapple is a half cup, which contains 75 calories and 18 grams of sugar, per the USDA.
Sugar in Dried Pineapple
Dried pineapple is a delicious snack often eaten in lieu of candy. It might also be included as an ingredient in trail mixes. The recommended serving size for dried pineapple is 1/4 cup, which contains 91 calories and 20.7 grams of sugar, per the USDA.