Health benefits and side effects of eating too much pineapples: Here’s how much you should eat per day& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Pineapples are one of the best fruits to quench your thirst and beat the scorching summer heat
- They are high in vitamins, minerals and several antioxidants that may improve your health in a number of ways
- Know the benefits and health risks associated with this delicious tropical fruit that’s low in calories
New Delhi: Yes, there’s nothing more refreshing than gorging on a juicy slice of pineapple or watermelon on a hot summer day. What’s more, fruits such as pineapple aren’t just incredibly delicious but also nutritious. This tropical is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and other essential compounds linked to several health benefits such as improving digestion, supporting immunity, boosting metabolism, and reducing inflammation. It is low in calories and may also help you lose weight as studies suggest that increasing the intake of plant foods like pineapples can help prevent obesity.
According to the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products, pineapples are the only bromeliad that produces edible fruit. The nutritional benefits of this fruit originated in South America are as attractive as their unique anatomy. Take a look at how this juicy fruit can boost your health.
What are the health benefits of pineapples?
Some of the health benefits of eating pineapples include:
- Pineapples are loaded with antioxidants, which may help prevent or fight chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, etc.
- The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that has multiple roles in the body, including promoting heart health and combating the formation of free radicals linked to the development of cancer.
- Pineapple, unlike other many other fruits, contains high amounts of bromelain, a group of digestive enzymes that breaks down proteins into their building blocks. This may help with digestion. Some smaller studies suggest that bromelain can also help reduce asthma symptoms.
- It contains significant amounts of manganese that promotes bone health, aids healthy metabolism, and plays a role in blood sugar regulation.
- Pineapples contain several vitamins, minerals, and enzymes like bromelain, all of which may boost immunity and fight inflammation.
Does pineapple have any health risks?
Consuming too much pineapples may cause tenderness of the mouth as the fruit is a great meat tenderizer. Eating too much pineapples may cause a range of symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or heartburn due to its high vitamin C content. Furthermore, bromelain, when taken in excess, can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rashes, and excessive menstrual bleeding, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A report in Live Science noted that bromelain can also interact with certain medications such as antibiotics, anticoagulants, insomnia drugs and tricyclic antidepressants, etc.
Additionally, one should avoid eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice as it can be dangerous. According to the horticulture department at Purdue University, unripe pineapple is toxic to humans and can lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting.
How much pineapples should you eat per day?
Generally, it is recommended to eat a minimum of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day for maintaining overall health. But, if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight, you would want to opt for more vegetables than fruits – you may take about 2 servings of fruit a day. If you’re considering adding pineapples to your diet, it is recommended to eat no more than one serving or one cup of pineapple a day for optimal results.
The bottom line
Pineapples are low in calories but high in nutrients. They are extremely delicious, nutritious and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Try to incorporate pineapples into your diet and eat them in moderation to enjoy its health benefits.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.