A raw pineapple is a rich source of manganese and vitamin C, but otherwise contains no essential nutrients in significant amounts.
During the drying process all water-soluble vitamins, including vitamin C, deteriorate rapidly, as do minerals like potassium and calcium. Pineapples lose much of their nutrient content when they are dried. But with sugar the situation is just the opposite. When fruit is dehydrated, water is removed from it, leaving it much higher in sugar. If dried pineapple is coated with sugar, it increases its sugar content to about 13 grams per piece. Dried pineapple is so tasty that it’s hard to stop snacking on it. But eating several pieces at a time is similar to eating candies.
Snacking on dried pineapple is a great option when you have a sweet tooth but are looking for a healthier treat.
Health Benefits of Pineapples
Pineapples are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants and enzymes, making it a tasty and healthy natural candy. Yes, it is also high in sugar. But it doesn’t contain such harmful ingredients like food dyes, corn syrup or other additives found in traditional sweets.
Pineapples are a good source of:
- insoluble fiber, cellulose that our body cannot digest, but it supports a healthy digestive system and promotes a sense of fullness
- manganese that is responsible for the bones health and prevents osteoporosis
- bromelain, a mixture of enzymes which is under research for a variety of health disorders
Dried pineapple is an excellent choice to satisfy your sweet tooth without destroying your diet goals.
Pineapple provides negligible content of essential nutrients, with the exception of manganese. The recommended daily intake for that mineral for an average healthy adult is about 2 milligrams. Manganese helps develop strong bones and connective tissues and prevent osteoporosis. Two medium-sized slices of dried pineapple give you about 75% to 80% of this amount.
Dried pineapple is a good source of insoluble fiber, cellulose. Our body cannot digest it, meaning that no sugar enters your blood stream. But this type of fiber supports a healthy digestive system and promotes a sense of fullness.
Pineapple contains a mixture of enzymes called bromelain, which is under research for a variety of health disorders. The bromelain content of raw pineapple is responsible for the sore mouth feeling often experienced when eating it, due to the enzymes breaking down the proteins of sensitive tissues in the mouth. Pharmaceutical product manufacturers commonly isolate bromelain and sell it as a remedy for sinus inflammation and post-surgery swelling.