Aside from its natural sweetness, pineapple stands out for its calcium, manganese, and vitamin C content, among other things.
Pineapple is more than just a tasty tropical fruit; it also has numerous health benefits. According to a study published in Biomedical Reports in September 2016, it has been used in folk medicine since ancient times. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, it is native to the Americas and is also grown in tropical climates around the world (NCCIH).
“Pineapple is a great source of vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, and minerals like manganese,” says Julie Andrews, RDN, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based chef.
Pineapple is available fresh, frozen, and canned throughout the year, making it a year-round option for those living in the United States. Canned pineapple is convenient but look for one that is packed in its own juices rather than syrup, advises Allison Knott, RDN, a dietitian in New York City. “Fruit naturally contains Sugar in the form of fructose,” she explains, “so even canned fruit in its own juice will have grams of Sugar listed on the label.
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