Pineapple juice is a great source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium, which are essential for weight loss effects.
We have talked about many kinds of best juice for weight loss like orange juice, grapefruit juice, guava juice, etc. If you would like to enjoy different kinds of juice with the same effect, you can’t miss pineapple juice at all.
Pineapple benefits for weight loss: Yes or No?
Pineapple: where did it start?
Pineapple is one member of the Bromeliaceae family. It is one of the most important crops in the world, especially Asian and many other South American countries. To be more specific, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) pointed out that Thailand, Philippines, brazil and China are those top producing countries. According to Bartholomew, it is among top 3 most important exotic fruits in the world, following banana and citrus fruit. It is also known as the crown fruit thanks to its unique look and savory taste.
It is getting more and more popular around the world when mostly consumed in forms of fresh fruits and pineapple juice.
What’s in pineapple that gives benefits for weight loss?
The ripe pineapple fruit contains only 14% of sugar, but almost 432 mg of vitamin C (almost 700% of daily vitamin C intake!) Also, it contains the most citric acid among every other organic acid.
Below are the nutrition facts of 100mg (or 0.03 oz) pineapple provided by Joy (2010).
What are pineapple benefits for weight loss?
The two most abundant nutrients in pineapple are vitamin C and fiber.
As we already know, Vitamin C is the soluble antioxidant of our body that helps fight against free radicals that attack and damage the cells.
Why does it matter?
According to Michigan State University Extension, free radicals absorb the healthy electron in our body, which leads us to many serious health problems including cancer. Many things can increase free radicals in our body like herbicides, pollution and cigarette smoke.
That’s why with the existence of antioxidants, it supports our body with creating collagen for our bones, blood vessels, muscle and so on.
As if it’s not enough
Fiber in pineapple helps maintain the health of gastrointestinal tract, and pineapple also creates low blood pressure, heal many inflammation diseases.
Most importantly, it is very supportive in body weight control!
Another study of nutritional efficacy of pineapple juice proved the relation of pineapple juice consumption of asthma patients and value improvement of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PERF) together with reduction in (Body Mass Index). PEFR is the measurement of airway blockage, so it can detect the severity level of disease.
Here’s the deal
Thanks to bromelain in pineapple juice, it did not only improve the performance of PEFR but also reduced weight significantly when provided with a healthy lifestyle.
Wait, there’s more.
Pineapple also contains a significant amount of bromelain that stimulates digestion and the proper performance of the small intestine and kidneys. Therefore, it can effectively detox our body, as it is among 7 fruits that best detox our body .
To sum up
Pineapple is another nutritional source of Asian fruits that helps fight against many diseases and best controls the weight gain. Good news for everyone in the US is that now you can easily find pineapple in many grocery stores to enjoy its benefits.
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Bartholomew, D.P.; Paul, R. E. and Rorbach, K.G. (2003). The pineapple ‘Botany, Production and Uses’, University of Hawaii Manoa Honolulu, USA.