Pineapple is a small herb. It has around 60cm to 1mt longleaf with thorny margins. This plant is basically from Brazil and brought to India by the Portuguese. Now abundantly available in India.
Latin name: ananas consistent
Loaded With Nutrients
Pineapples are low in calories but have an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.
One cup (5.8 ounces or 165 grams) of pineapple chunks contains the following :
- Calories: 82.5
- Fat: 1.7 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 21.6 grams
- Fibre: 2.3 grams
- Vitamin C: 131% of the RDI
- Manganese: 76% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
- Copper: 9% of the RDI
- Thiamin: 9% of the RDI
- Folate: 7% of the RDI
- Potassium: 5% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
- Niacin: 4% of the RDI
- Pantothenic acid: 4% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
- Iron: 3% of the RDI
Pineapples also contain trace amounts of vitamins A and K, phosphorus, zinc and calcium, Pineapples are full with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are especially rich in vitamin C and manganese.
Fruition happens at the end of summer and in Rainey season. So you get all benefits of pineapple if consumed in this period.
- According to Ayurved pineapple are Vata and pitta shamaka
- Pineapple is very helpful in anorexia abdominal pain and hyperacidity (amlapitta)
- Pineapple water or jam reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, bleeding disorders and certain cancers.
- Fresh Pineapple juice also helpful in constipation and worms
- Pineapple is also useful in urinary stones and micturition.
- Make sure not to eat pineapple in pregnancy as it causes abortion when taken in excess.
- Raw pineapple is very effective in kashtartava ( metrorrhagia- painful menstruation) and anartva (amenorrhea- scanty or no menses).
- Pineapples are delicious, accessible and easy to add to the diet.
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