Reap Health Benefits with Fresh Pineapple and Fresh Pineapple Juice
When a recipe calls for pineapple, don’t start looking in the canned food aisle! There is a significant difference in the nutrition value of canned vs fresh pineapple, which we are going to highlight below.
According to NutritionData.com, canned pineapple in juice has only about 60 percent as much vitamin C as fresh, raw pineapple. Canning pineapple also destroys a key anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain – which is one of the best benefits of consuming the sweet fruit. According to Medical News Today, bromelain can relieve sinus problems, reduce inflammation and improving digestion, making it a powerhouse for flighting off colds and flus.
Heat in the canning process also reduces the amount of vitamin C that is present and plentiful in fresh pineapple. (Compare 28 percent daily value in canned vs 60 percent daily value in fresh.) In addition to containing a high amount of vitamin C and manganese, fresh pineapple also delivers vitamin B and thiamine. Vitamin B is shown to assist with energy levels, metabolizing food into useable energy.
Pineapple has a plethora of health benefits, including lowing risk of heart attack, supporting bone strength, boosting the immune system and reducing macular degeneration (a disease that affect eye health as we age).
When a recipe calls for fresh pineapple, head to your local supermarket and choose a fresh pineapple. Keep in mind that ripe and ready to eat pineapples from Costa Rica and Central America may be green – this is natural and normal to find throughout the year!
To make fresh pineapple juice for recipes, check out a great easy way to prep your own rather than reaching for unhealthy canned alternatives via the recipe below.
Make Your Own Fresh Pineapple Juice:
- Pick out a fresh Chestnut Hill Farms Perfect Pineapple and cut it into small chunks. (Watch video how here!)
- Add fresh pineapple pieces into a blender with water and sugar. Blend until smooth.
- Strain the juice to remove pulp using a juice strainer. (A regular strainer works fine as long as the mesh is small.) Add more water if necessary.
- Serve over ice with fresh mint leaves and a pineapple wedge. Enjoy the benefits!
Original recipe adapted from Whisk Affair.