The multi-benefit fruit.
By Valsala Menon

Traditional folk medicine credits the sweet, juicy flesh of the pineapple with various healing powers. A standard 80 g portion supplies a quarter of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

Scientific interest has centred on the fact that the fresh fruit contains an enzyme called brome lain which breaks down proteins. Its action is so strong that people who work in pineapple plantations and canning factories have to wear protective clothing to prevent damage to their skin. Brome lain is used sometimes medicinally in concentrated tablet form for patients who have problems digesting proteins.

Brome lain in pineapples is suggested as a natural anti- inflammatory agent for the treatment of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gargling with pineapple juice is a traditional treatment for sore throats, while eating pineapple has long been believed to help relieve other disorders such as catarrh, arthritis, bronchitis and indigestion.

Here we elaborate on the top 11 health benefits of this seasonal fruit.

Brimming full of vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, C, B1 and B6, along with phosphorous and potassium, and with plenty of fibre to keep your digestive system in order, pineapple is nature’s own multi- vitamin package.

Helps to prevent blood clots: Pineapples contain a natural coagulant which can help stop formation of blood clots in the body. Just one glass of pineapple juice a day can help to protect you from this potentially life-threatening condition.

Prevents and treats colds: The high vitamin C content that this fruit has helps to fight off colds and coughs, and it can help to prevent colds too. Pineapple’s brome lain helps loosen mucus in your throat and in your chest, to help clear up chesty coughs as well.

Helps reduce symptoms of morning sickness: If you are pregnant and suffering from symptoms of morning sickness, try a bowl of pineapples for breakfast to calm your stomach.

Strengthens your bones: This fruit is rich in manganese, which is an essential ingredient that your body needs to build healthy bones. Just one serving of pineapple will provide you with over 60 per cent of your recommended daily intake of manganese.

Alleviates symptoms of arthritis: The fruit also has anti-inflammatory properties so that it is an effective way to ease the pain of arthritis and similar conditions.

Good for oral hygiene: The acidic nature of pineapples is good for your teeth. Bacteria hate acids and all the acids found in pineapples will help keep your breath fresh and teeth plaque free.

Good source of fibre: Metabolism boosting is yet another health benefit. You need plenty of fibre to keep your digestive system in good order, and pineapples are a great source of this fibre. It keeps your bowels clean and prevents constipation and is a great way to boost your metabolism each day.

Reduce the risk of macular degeneration: The fruit contains beta carotene and vitamin A, both of which help to protect your eyes from macular degeneration. The beta carotene also helps your eyes to adjust quickly to changes in light.

Pesticide free: When you eat this fruit, you don’t eat any of the thick skin, and so you can munch away with confidence that you are not ingesting any harmful pesticides.

Helps maintain your weight: Pineapples are a great alternative to high-fat and high-sugar snacks and foods, the high water content in this fruit will help make you feel full without accumulating kilos.

Pineapple dosa

Ingredients:

2 cups (soaked) raw rice

1 cup puffed rice

1 sliced pineapple

11/2 cup jaggery

1/4 tsp baking soda

Salt as required

Method

Grind together the raw rice, pineapple and jaggery to a fine paste. Add a little water to make it just right for dosa batter. Add salt as required and a pinch of baking soda. Take a ladle of batter and make dosas as usual.

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