Dole pineapple nutrition facts. Pineapples are such a fun fruit. They've got that tropical, exotic, island look to them. Their skin and leaves are all spiky and sharp. Even their taste is sharp—sweet, but tart; they've got a bitter little bite to them. Pineapple is a great fruit to enjoy in the winter, if you can find it, because their tropical nature can lift you up out of the snow and bring you to a warmer state of mind. Especially if you play some Beach Boys at the same time. And that's not even taking into account all the pineapple nutrition benefits!
Before we get to the pineapple nutrition facts, I want to offer a few interesting bits of pineapple trivia. Pineapple is native to Paraguay. They're drought tolerant, and can grow up to 12 inches long and weigh up to 8 pounds. Yikes! Also, I've heard that pineapples are a combination of several different flowers that fuse together in a "central core." I'm not sure exactly what that means or how it works, but it's an interesting idea. Lastly, did you know that the bottom of the fruit has a higher sugar content, and therefore is sweeter? True and true.
Nutrients in Pineapple
As far as pineapple nutrition goes, they are a very nutrient-dense fruit. The downside, which applies to many fruits, is that they're high in sugar (fructose). One serving will net you 15-20 grams of sugar. For this reason, even though fruits are good for you, you should probably eat them in moderation. Unless you want to be like one of those big fat island people who can't surf because of their weight!
(You know those guys, right?)
But pineapples do have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Fiber, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin C are some of the basic ones (with vitamin C and manganese coming in at the highest levels).
What about pineapple juice nutrition facts or canned pineapple nutrition facts? Canned pineapple should be just as healthy as fresh pineapple. However, pineapple juice will be lacking in fiber and high in sugar. (There are a lot of calories in pineapple juice.)
In addition to the pineapple nutrition facts we've already covered, this fruit also has a digestive enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain helps to break down food, so that you can absorb as many nutrients from it as possible. They sell bromelain supplements for this very reason; but as we all know, real foods are always superior to supplements (especially natural, and delicious, foods like pineapple). With this in mind, it might be a good idea to add a little pineapple to an otherwise healthy meal, like a big salad, in order to help your body absorb as many nutrients as possible. Due to its sweetness, it would make a great dessert (perhaps along with some cheese, berries, or wine! Yum!) Bromelain also has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, so…yeah. That's good. Talk about pineapple nutrition!