Pineapples

Pineapples (Ananas comosus) are rather large spiky oval shaped fruits with a leathery green-yellow outer skin, and sharp pointy green leaves for a crown.

Health Benefits of Pineapples:
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Antioxidant Protection
  • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
  • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
  • Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme which can break down meats. Thus, pineapples have a reputation as being able to help stomach disorders and aid in digestion. The bromelain in pineapples also makes them an excellent meat tenderizer for marinades.
    *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Pineapples, and may not necessarily be related to Pineapples.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Pineapples: Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Manganese | Copper |

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Nutrition Facts
Pineapple raw all varieties   
Serving Size 100g
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.12g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.009g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 13.1g4%
    Dietary Fiber 1.4g6%
    Sugar 9.9g~
Protein 0.5g~
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C80%
Calcium1%Iron2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 58IU1%
    Retinol equivalents 3μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 0μg~
    Beta-carotene 35μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 47.8mg80%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)0%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.02mg0%
Vitamin K 0.7μg1%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone 0μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg0%
Thiamin 0.079mg5%
Riboflavin 0.032mg2%
Niacin 0.5mg3%
Pantothenic acid 0.213mg2%
Vitamin B6 0.112mg6%
Folate 18μg5%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 18μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 18μg~
Choline 5.5mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+zeazanthin 0μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.29mg2%
Magnesium 12mg3%
Phosphorus 8mg1%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 109mg3%
Zinc 0.12mg1%
Copper 0.11mg6%
Manganese 0.927mg46%
Selenium 0.1μg0%
Water 86g~
Ash 0.22g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.74
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio1.35
Total Omega 3s17mg
18D3 Linolenic17mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s23mg
18D223mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Tryptophan 5mg2%
Threonine 19mg2%
Isoleucine 19mg1%
Leucine 24mg1%
Lysine 26mg1%
Methionine 12mg2%
Cystine 14mg5%
Phenylalanine 21mg2%
Tyrosine 19mg2%
Valine 24mg1%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
2.5%
Percent Water Composition 86%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.04

How to choose Pineapples: Try to pull out one of the leaves from the top of a pineapple, if it comes out easily you know the pineapple is ripe. Look for a bright yellow color in the skin. Give the pineapple a squeeze and if it gives, you know it is very ripe. Beware of mold at the bottom of the pineapple as this is a signal the pineapple is too ripe and should be carefully cut before eating if eaten at all.

Climate and origin: Pineapples originated in Central America and are now grown all over the tropical world, from East Asia, to Africa, to Hawaii.

Taste: Pineapples have a very sweet, almost tart, unique fragrant taste.

Miscellaneous information: Pineapples were first introduced to Europe by Columbus when he discovered the New World. Amazing both in taste and appearance, pineapples quickly became an expensive and exotic delicacy.

Similar tasting produce: Cherimoya



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