19-06-2020 di redazione
Sweet, fresh and thirst quenching Kenyan pineapple is one of the most loved fruits not only in this country.
A typical fruit of the coast, but also cultivated in the Rift Valley and around Nairobi (Thika's is particularly famous), pineapple (or pineapple, in Italian) belongs to the bromeliad family.
It is best known for the pineapple comosus cultivated species.
First of all, we must remember that pineapple is composed of about 90% water, rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A and C, simple sugars but with few calories, in fact every 100 grams are about 40 kcal.
The interesting thing is that vitamin C remains stable even after harvesting, because the fruit protects it from oxidation with its thick rind and high acidity. In fact, like citrus fruits, the pineapple is an alkalizing food: it reduces therefore the acid level of our PH (often caused by incorrect and unbalanced alimentation), restoring the basic acid balance and preventing the inflammations, first cause of diseases.
Pineapple has recognized digestive properties and regularizes the intestinal system thanks to the contained fibers and bromelain, the most important substance contained mainly in the stem, the hard inner part that is often discarded (bromelain is extracted from the stem that is commercially used in herbal medicine).
In addition to promoting the activity of the intestine, bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties, so pineapple is useful in cases of flu (coughs, bronchitis, colds), cystitis and hemorrhoids.
The presence of vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system and fight free radicals with anti-aging effect.
All the properties of pineapple refer to the fresh fruit, not cooked for example in desserts or more oriental dishes such as chicken or pineapple rice.
Pineapple should be eaten cold and to recognize its freshness you have to observe the typical lozenge skin: if it is too green the fruit is unripe, if it is too dark (on brown) it could be too ripe.
Pineapple performs important actions that aim to keep under control not only glycemic values but also cholesterol values.
Minimum concentration of sugars and carbohydrates makes the fruit suitable for people suffering from diabetes. In addition, the rich fibre content reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the blood. It should also be remembered that fibers are a valuable ally in cases of constipation so eating pineapple when suffering from such disorders can be resolutive.
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