There are 74 calories in pineapple per cup (155 grams). Pineapples are an excellent alternative to a sugary dessert due to its sweet taste. You can eat in pineapples in many different ways: fresh, frozen, in heavy or light syrup, crushed, chunks, wedges, spears or slices. The calories in pineapplevary depending on how it is served. They can be served alone or to make a dish look inviting and compliment the taste. There are hundreds of types of pineapples but there are four main groups: Smooth Cayenne, Abacaxi, Red Spanish and Queen.
Smooth Cayenne is the most popular of all the varieties. As a fresh pineapple off the tree, the Smooth Cayenne pineapple grows to be the largest at four to ten pounds. It has a very low fiber content, rich sweet taste, and is very juicy. For those that suffer from high acidic stomach problems but still have a love for pineapples, the Smooth Cayenne pineapple has a very low acidic content therefore would be tolerable on the stomach. It is mostly used for canned pineapple.
Abacaxi, also known as the pernambuco, pineapple is very tender compared to the varieties. This fruit weighs from two to eleven pounds. Abacaxi pineapple is known for its delicious flavor. This pineapple plant is highly disease resistant.
The Red Spanish is a bit smaller than other pineapples, as this pineapple only reaches approximately three to six pounds. It is resistant to fruit rot but is more susceptible to plant disease. The Red Spanish is a very flavorful pineapple.
The Queen pineapple is the smallest of the pineapples weighing in between one to two and a half pounds. This variety is very aromatic and juicy. Along with the Abacaxi, the Queen is also disease resistant and cold resistant. Queen also has some fiber content which is good for a diet rich in fiber.
Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts
Pineapples are an excellent source of multiple vitamins, manganese, bromelain, copper and dietary fiber. Pineapples help with the digestion of protein and can help prevent blood clots. The bromelain content in pineapples has been found to be useful in reducing swelling, aiding sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis and gout. Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, which helps your body protect against free-radicals that attack healthy cells. In addition to protecting your body’s cells, vitamin C is an excellent source to help fight colds and flu. The manganese and vitamin B1 found in pineapples provides enzymes in the body for energy production. Research has found that some of the molecules in the stem of pineapples are beneficial in the protection against types of cancers like ovarian, breast, lung, colon and skin. Incorporating pineapples in your daily diet helps battle bronchitis, dyspepsia, constipation, arthritis and preventing nausea caused by morning sickness and motion sickness. Fresh pineapple juice has been used to remove intestinal worms.
How to Store Pineapples
Once you have cut your pineapple to your desire, store your fresh pineapple in an air tight plastic container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for one to two days. If you want to freeze pineapple, cut it into small chunks and freeze them in zip-lock freezer bags until you are ready to serve.
Healthy Pineapple Recipe
- 1/2 cup Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Low-fat Frozen Yogurt
- 1 cup of fresh pineapples, cut into small chunks
- 1/2 cup of bananas, cut into small slices
- 1/2 cup skim milk
Mix the banana and milk in the blender until slushy. Slowly stir in the vanilla frozen yogurt, along with the pineapple chunks. Blend on low briefly. Pour into your favorite chilled mug and enjoy your healthy drink.