Nutritious as Well as Delicious
Fruits and vegetables taste great, are essential to promoting good health and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including stroke, type 2 diabetes and perhaps cardiovascular disease and hypertension. At Maui Gold Pineapple Company, we know you have a choice of which fruits to eat each day; here are some great reasons to put extra-sweet Maui Gold® pineapple at the top of your list.
Pineapple is very low in a number of things most people should reduce their intake of, such as saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is high in things most people can beneficially use more of, such as dietary fiber, thiamin, Vitamin B-6, an it is a very good source of the antioxidant Vitamin C and Manganese.
Super Source of Vitamin C
Just two sweet, juicy slices of Maui Gold® provide 100% of the daily recommended value and three times the vitamin C of traditional pineapple. A popular, health-promoting antioxidant vitamin that helps form collagen, the connective tissue holding your muscles, bones and other tissues together, vitamin C also helps keep gums healthy; aids in healing cuts, helps the immune system protect against infection and strengthens blood vessels to help prevent bruising.
Pineapple ranks as one of the top 50 foods with the highest antioxidant content per serving. Health-promoting antioxidants help protect cells from damage that may lead to cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases.
Brimming with Bromelain
This protein-digesting enzyme is found only in pineapples and is believed to reduce inflammation and the pain caused by inflamed muscles, sinuses, etc.
Both the fruit and the core/stem of the pineapple contain Bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory proteolytic enzyme (pineapple, Ananas comosus, is of the Bromeliad family). Bromelain is one of the most popular and highly valued nutritional supplements, particularly in Germany, because of its medical properties as an anti-inflammatory used in treating sports injuries, arthritis, blood clots and a number of associated other problems. It is used as an alternative for anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
The bromelain content in pineapple was discovered in 1891 and the plant has a long tradition of being used for medicinal purposes in South and Central America.
More Manganese than Most Foods
Pineapple is an exceptionally high source of manganese, a trace mineral which is important in metabolizing fat and carbohydrates as well as in forming bone and connective tissue.
Weighing in on Weight Control
A nutrient-dense, flavorful serving of two slices of pineapple has only 60 calories and no fat, cholesterol or sodium.