If you like pina colada, read on for seven reasons to have more than one of this sweet and tangy cocktail during your next sip sesh with pals. We know, it’s not the best way to reap the most out of the nutrient-packed pineapple, but hey, baby steps!
1. Prevents Hypertension
If you’re trying to keep your blood pressure in check or planning to avoid getting high blood pressure, this is where you can start. Yes, just a few slices of pineapple a day can do just that, because of the high amount of potassium and a low amount of sodium that the fruit contains. Clearly, one of the most effortless ways to have your cake (fruit, in this case) and eat it, too.
2. Heals & Protects Your Skin
Pineapples are loaded with vitamins A and C and other antioxidants, essential for collagen synthesis. These vitamins help you to achieve fairer skin, heal damaged skin and, in some cases, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Vitamin C can boost the effectiveness of sunscreens applied to your skin for protection from harmful UV rays. It does so by decreasing cell damage and helping with the process of healing physical wounds.
3. Improves Digestion
Bromelain is an extract found in pineapple stems. It regulates the pancreatic secretions that aid digestion. So you can count on munching the core of pineapples to keep your digestive tract healthy because it is high in protein-digesting properties! Bromelain enzyme helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles present, promoting a healthy digestive system. It is hence a great source of natural detox. Bromelain has also been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulating properties.
Surprisingly, bromelain enzyme does not occur naturally in any other fruit or vegetable species, making pineapples and the supplements derived from them, your only possible source. So the next time you plan to ditch the fibrous core of the pineapple slice, think twice! You may be shortchanging yourself with the wonderful benefits of it.
4. Alleviates Arthritis
As mentioned, pineapple possesses anti-inflammatory qualities, so having a slice or two can help with the pain of arthritis and similar conditions, like gout and carpal tunnel syndrome. It also can help improve these conditions overall, by strengthening your bones when the manganese in pineapples, are combined with nutrients, like calcium, zinc and copper.
5. Anti-cancer Properties
Though there might not be a cure for cancer at the moment, there are definitely ways and things that can help you prevent it. Because pineapples are packed full of antioxidants, they help fight against free radicals — groups of atoms that do major damage when they come into contact with human body cell membranes or DNA. Also, because antioxidants aid in preventing cell damage, they would help lower your risk of cancer, when your cells are stronger.
6. Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration
Another amazing nutrient found in the pineapple is beta-carotene. It is a red-orange pigment found in many fresh fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, an essential vitamin that helps lower your risk of macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is caused by damage to the retina, and is the main cause of vision loss in adults. As you age, macular degeneration makes it harder for one to recognise faces, read, and in serious cases, hinders your day-to-day activities. Just by chomping down those juicy slices as a snack, you can lower your risk for this disease.
7. Good Weight Loss Snack
Eating fresh fruit provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals that it needs, and pineapple is one of the many choices to pick from. With its low calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol, it is also rich in fibre, making it an ideal snack to include in anyone’s weight loss plan. So what are you waiting for?
If you have never been a fan of pineapples, take your first baby step and give the classic pina colada drink a go with this easy recipe. We are sure that it would please your taste buds, skin and digestion.
What You’ll Need:
- 80 ml coconut cream
- 170 ml fresh pineapple juice
- 45 ml white rum
- Crushed ice
- Pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry for garnish
Add the coconut cream, pineapple juice, rum and crushed ice to a blender. If you don’t have a blender, you can use a cocktail shaker instead. Blend or shake very well until the mixture is completely silky smooth. Pour the mixture into a chilled glass. Add the garnish of a fresh pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry and you are good to go. Cheers and enjoy!