Pineapple

Dear Pineapple, I love you! You are sweet and juicy, tart and tropical, delicious to eat or to drink, and full of amazing nutrients. How I love thee and let me tell you why.

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Pineapples are crazy high in Vitamin C - one cup of chopped pineapple has 131% of your daily needed Vitamin C intake! It also contains 9% of your needed daily fiber, 10% of Vitamin B-6 (helps reduce heart disease by lowering levels of homocystein, an amino acid in the blood), and 77% of manganese (provides energy production and antioxidants). They also have anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits. 

Pineapples contain bromelain, which is an enzyme used in medicines to help reduce inflammation and can help reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Lately I've been drinking a glass of sparkling water and pineapple juice after a long run or ride on my bike and I'm amazed at how great of a recovery drink it has been. 

Because pineapples are high in fiber and water content they help keep your digestive tract healthy. The fiber is soluble, which draws water to your gut, slowing down absorption so your digestive tract can absorb all the vitamins and minerals from the other foods you are eating. 

So start incorporating pineapple into your weekly diet and enjoy its delicious taste and nutritional benefits!