By Jessie Szalay, Live Science Contributor
October 15, 2014
Spiny on the outside, sweet on the inside, pineapples are one fantastic fruit. Pineapples are members of the bromeliad family, and one of the few bromeliads to produce edible fruit, according to the biology department at Union County College. The fruit is actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual berry.
Pineapples’ nutritional benefitsare as fascinating as their anatomy. “Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese,” said San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores. These tropical treats are also a good way to get important dietary fiber and bromelain (an enzyme).
“As well as having high amounts of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, pineapples also contain high amounts of thiamin, a B vitamin that is involved in energy production,” Flores said.
For all its sweetness, one cup of pineapple chunks contains only 82
calories. Pineapples are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in
sodium. Not surprisingly, they do contain sugar, with 16 grams per cup.
Here are the nutrition facts for raw pineapple, according to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the
National Labeling and Education Act: (more…)