Pineapple

What fruit has the crown but not a king, is flaky but not a fish? True. Pineapple is the answer. Fruit that has a cool name Ananas comosus of the Bromeliaceae family is a tropical plant originated from Latin America. The flavors are very distinctive, sweet and sour combination.

Ripe and sweet pineapple can be consumed directly as a cut fruit, of course after peeled and removed from the "eyes". Pineapple is also used as a mix of salad, can also be cooked as a side dish. Other beneficiaries are in the form of canned pineapple, jam, jelly, cocktail, fruit juice, and syrup. There was even a pineapple chips.

Pineapples are rich in vitamins A and C. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, thiamine, sodium, potassium, fruit sugar, and the bromelain enzyme, a prosthesis enzyme that works as a protein solver. Pineapple is also rich in fiber.

Thanks to the content of potassium, pineapple is beneficial to help control high blood pressure. Fiber is capable of preventing the absorption of fat in the gastrointestinal tract so there is no accumulation in the blood vessels which can result in increasing blood pressure.

Proteolytic enzyme in the pineapple inhibits fat absorption in the digestive tract to waste with feces. In addition, vitamin C is also intensifying fat burning process so it does not accumulate in the body.

Bromelain enzyme and potassium content make the pineapple is a diuretic effective in helping to overcome the problem of uric acid. However, do not consume too ripe pineapple because the alcohol content will result in increasing level of uric acid.

The contents of fiber and vitamin C in pineapple can help constipation, and inhibit the absorption of fat then excreted out of the body. Oh yes, the protease enzyme in the bromelain is capable of digesting protein.

Vitamin C in the pineapple is needed to overcome gum disorders and collagen formation.

Despite so many benefits of pineapple for health, you should still be careful in consuming. Those sensitive may experience stomach upset and skin irritation. Mothers young pregnant should not eat young pineapple to excess too because it can cause uterine contractions that affect miscarriage. Diabetics also need to limit consumption of ripe pineapple fruit because the sugar content is high enough.

Consumed pineapple should be peeled first, then discarded "the eyes". High-enough oxalic acid level in pineapple causes itching in the throat when eaten. Therefore, before consumed, should be washed first with salt water. Excessive level of oxalate can cause kidney stones.

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