One of the most overlooked storehouses of good nutrition is the pineapple. We see fresh pineapple just about everytime we visit the produce department, but a glance is given and that's about it.
Indigenous to South America, the pineapple would be transported by local tribes north through Central America and on to the West Indies. 15th and 16th century sailors would go on to spread the pineapple to the rest of the world.
The pineapple is absolutely rich in soluble and insoluble dietary fiber such as pectin. They are also rich in vitamin C with 100 grams delivering 80% of the RDA. And, the pineapple is high in the B-complex of vitamins like thiamin or riboflavin. Low in calories with zero saturated fat or cholesterol, the pineapple rivals many of the heavyweight fruit and vegetable nutritional kings.
Lastly I want to mention that the pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down proteins. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting, and anti-cancer properties, and can aid in the fight against arthritis.
Fresh pineapple is available year round and is basically a bargain buy so be sure and include fresh pineapple in your weekly menu plans.