Is pineapple good for weight loss?
Pineapples are a fruit that may take a little longer to prepare than other fruits, but it might be worth taking the time because they can be a great addition to any weight-loss regime. They come in many forms; tinned, dried, fresh, juiced and so on. Each type has a different nutritional profile and so it is important to be aware of this before you start to add them into your diet.
1. Digestion and Bromelain
Digestive problems can prevent weight loss because an inability to effectively break down food and absorb nutrients can have a negative impact on one’s metabolism rate (how quickly the body burns food for energy), meaning more food is stored as fat rather than burned as energy.
Pinapple contains bromelain which can combat digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) both because of it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, and because it can help the body to break food down into digestible molecules. It is recommended that pineapple be consumed in isolation in order to get the full benefit of bromelain for digestion.
Inflammation is a common cause of weight gain, yet most people are unaware of this. Inflammatory processes are natural bodily reactions to injury, foreign contaminants, damaged cells and so forth, and is a vital part of the body’s immune response. Inflammation can occur in excess however, which can lead to weight gain.
The enzyme bromelain can combat inflammation by removing receptors on T-cells (a type of immune system cell) which means that a variety of antigens cannot function effectively, thus reducing the amount of inflammation the body can produce. As a result of a reduction in inflammation, leptin is more able to work effectively to control body weight.
3. Supports the Immune System
A single serving of pineapple provides around 130% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C, making it one of the most abundant (and most delicious) food sources! Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells to boost the immune system and protect against illness or disease.
4. Supports Bone Health
Pineapples are rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that is essential for bone health, growth and repair. A single serving of pineapple provides about 70% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium.
Dietary fibre comes in two forms; soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolves in water, and forms a gel which can help to slow down digestion. This is very good news for those attempting to lose weight because slower digestion means it takes longer for the body to process the food you have eaten. Therefore, you feel more full for a significantly longer time than you would otherwise. Most fibre in the pineapple is insoluble so does not directly aid in weight loss, but all forms of fibre will help to leave the body feeling more full, which is excellent for anybody attempting to lose weight.
One pineapple is approximately 86% water, which can help to increase feelings of fullness for very few calories. Foods which have few calories for their weight are known as having ‘low energy density’. These foods are excellent choices for those trying to lose weight because excessive consumption does not necessary mean that you are consuming an excessive amount of calories (which will be stored as fat). Not only does the high water content of pineapple mean you feel more satisfied after eating, but it can also help you to hydrate. This may not seem to have much to do with weight loss, but research has shown that thirst is often mistaken for hunger.