Goa’s bounty: Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Pineapple is a popular tropical fruit that is delicious, healthy and nutritious. It is widely consumed in many parts of the world.
It is rich in soluble and insoluble dietary fibre that benefits digestive health. Hundred grams of pineapple contains 46 kilocalories.
It contains the proteolytic enzyme Bromelain that aids in the breakdown of protein. This enzyme is known to have anti inflammatory, anticlotting and anticancer properties. The canning process destroys the Bromelain in pineapples.
Fresh pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant. Being rich in vitamin C, it is exceptionally beneficial to skin health and can protect the skin and fight skin damage. Antioxidants also protect the body from free radical damage which is known to increase the risk of developing cancer.
It is also a good source of vitamin A and beta carotene. Pineapple is also a rich source of B vitamins like folates, thiamine and pyridoxine. It is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of copper. It also contains calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Fresh pineapple was used traditionally to treat sore throats, and to provide relief from arthritis, bronchitis and indigestion.
This fruit is usually eaten fresh; it is also canned and processed. Pineapple is used in cooking, jams, squashes, sweets, desserts, ice creams, juices and cocktails.