There are many rumors that accompany one of the exotic fruits par excellence; pineapple. Which are true and which are not? Does pineapple make you lose weight? Is it really a natural fat burner? So when and how much do you have to eat it?
We answer the questions.
Fork in hand, or rather knife in this case and … let’s start.
Pineapple to lose weight
We talked about pineapple in this article classifying it as a super food. For how many excellent properties it may have, however, it alone cannot work miracles. The popular belief that by eating a little pineapple can burn many of the fat ingested during the meal is not true. Do not think that eating pineapples without following a varied and correct diet can eliminate the extra pounds. But one thing is certain: pineapple helps in the slimming phase.
The main architect of this process is bromelain, mainly contained in the stem. It includes a group of proteolytic enzymes, i.e. enzymes that actively participate in the digestion of proteins (especially foods with high protein content such as meat, cheese, cured meats), making it simpler and more effective.
Bromelain stimulates both the stomach and the liver to better perform their functions and therefore improves digestion and prevents abdominal swelling and constipation phenomena, responsible for roundness and a sense of postprandial heaviness and promotes weight loss.
Pineapple is mainly composed of water and fiber and contains few calories. This makes it rich in diuretic and draining properties, therefore an excellent ally against cellulite. Cellulite should not be understood only as an aesthetic defect, but it is also a symptom of a micro blood and lymphatic problem present in the adipose panniculus, which is accompanied by an increased volume of fat cells, water retention and stagnation of liquids. Precisely, accumulation of triglycerides and edematous areas.
Pineapple how many calories
As previously mentioned, fresh pineapple has few calories. About 40 kcal per 100g of weight of which
- 95% are carbohydrates
- 5% are proteins
- 0% fat.
For 100g of weight the water takes about 86gr.
When to eat pineapple and how much to eat?
The pineapple is great to use as a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Consuming around two slices of fresh pineapple as a snack breaks hunger and is a good compromise between fiber and introduced calories and liquids to be expelled, in order to reduce water retention.
Eating pineapples after meals then, especially if rich in protein, will make digestion easier.
Eat pineapples in pregnancy
Among the myths that make pineapple famous there are also those related to the ban on intake during pregnancy. It is said to cause bleeding and can induce childbirth. Well, if you’re going to eat around 10 whole pineapples a day then this myth is true. Bromelain, anticoagulant and natural anti-inflammatory is mainly concentrated in the stem, part that is not normally eaten. In any case, the amount you can eat by eating pineapples is not so high as to induce bleeding.
Therefore, eating pineapples in limited quantities, around 150/200 grams per week, has no negative effects on pregnancy.
Pineapple diet to lose weight
One piece of advice: forget the diets that offer the miracle by taking large quantities of one food. The best solution is always the balanced diet, perhaps with an eye to a specific food like pineapple.