Pineapple is a tropical fruit in the family of the citrus fruits, such as orange and lemon, which are also rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, being essential nutrients to ensure health.
This fruit can be consumed fresh, dehydrated or preserved, and is added in various preparations such as juices, desserts and sweets. When preserved or dehydrated, pineapple should be preferred without added sugar.
Regular consumption of pineapple has the following health benefits:
- Acts as anti-inflammatory because it is rich in bromelain;
- Prevents heart disease and cancer by being rich in vitamin C;
- Reduces the risk of thrombosis because it contains bromelain and antioxidants;
- Relieves joint pain by acting as anti-inflammatory;
- Helps in weight loss by being rich in water and fiber, which increase satiety;
- Improves skin and hair health by containing vitamin C and beta carotene;
- Decreases post-workout muscle pain as it is anti-inflammatory and favors muscle recovery.
To get these benefits, you should consume a thick slice of pineapple a day, which should weigh about 80 g.
In addition, pineapple can be used as a meat tenderizer as it is rich in bromelain, an enzyme that is found mainly in the stalk of this fruit and which breaks down meat proteins.
The following table provides the nutritional information for 100 g of fresh pineapple.
|Amount: 100 g|
|Energy: 48 kcal|
|Carbohydrates: 12,3 g||Potassium: 131 mg|
|Proteins: 0,9 g||Vitamin B1: 0,17 mg|
|Fats: 0,1 g||Vitamin C: 34,6 mg|
|Fibers: 1 g||Calcium: 22 mg|
Pineapple can be eaten as a dessert for main meals and can also be used in fruit salads, pies, vegetable salads or as part of the main course.
Pineapple fit cake
- 1 egg;
- 2 tablespoons of nonfat plain yogurt;
- 1 teaspoon light curd;
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran;
- 1 tablespoon skimmed milk powder;
- 1/2 packet of ginger pineapple juice powder, preferably unsweetened,
- 1 teaspoon baking powder;
- Vanilla essence to taste.
- 4 tablespoons of skimmed milk powder;
- 100 ml skimmed milk
- 1/2 packet of ginger pineapple juice powder (same as the one used for the dough);
- 1 teaspoon pineapple zero gelatin;
- Diced pineapple to decorate.
Beat the egg with a fork or mixer until it becomes creamy. Add the other ingredients, stir well until the mixture becomes smooth. Place the dough in a microwave-safe container of the desired cake shape, microwave for about 2:30 minutes or until dough begins to peel off the edges.
For the topping, mix all the ingredients until a creamy texture appears, placing it over the cake batter. Then add the chopped pineapple to decorate.
Light Pineapple mousse
- 1/2 chopped pineapple;
- 100 ml water to cook pineapple;
- 2 tablespoons of culinary sweetener;
- 500 ml skimmed milk;
- 135 ml of warm water;
- 1 packet unsweetened pineapple gelatin;,
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence.
Boil the chopped pineapple in water with the culinary sweetener for about 6 minutes. Dissolve gelatin in warm water and beat in the blender with milk and vanilla essence. Add the pineapple to the gelatin mixture and take to the blender, giving small pulses to mix without crushing everything. Place in a container with the desired shape of the mousse and refrigerate until hard.