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Pineapple and why it is good for health: Nutritionists' explanation

Pineapple and why it is good for health: Nutritionists' explanation Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Pineapple, a tasty exotic fruit, is beneficial for human body as it helps combat insomnia and can improve well-being, according to EatingWell.

Why pineapple is beneficial

Dietitian Kelsey Kunik explained that pineapple contains a significant amount of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. According to him, consuming pineapple is considered an effective way to increase melatonin levels by 266%, thereby improving sleep quality.

Pineapple also influences the levels of happiness hormones: serotonin and tryptophan. These compounds are key to deep and restful sleep.

Moreover, the fruit is recommended for reducing headaches, as it contains magnesium, which relaxes muscles and soothes the nervous system.

With the help of vitamin C, amino acids, and manganese, pineapple boosts immunity, activates muscle growth, and strengthens bones.

This fruit is perfect for serving at holiday feasts, as it improves digestion and overall well-being.

How to choose a pineapple

First, pay attention to the fruit's appearance. A ripe pineapple has an oval shape, a dry stem, and a dense crown (the leaves on top of the pineapple).

If the pineapple has green skin, it is unripe. The fruit is spoiled if the skin is brown or burgundy.

Also, if there are brown spots and white grooves on the pineapple, it is likely rotten.

It is important to remember that a ripe pineapple has a firm and elastic skin. If you press on the pineapple and it leaves a dent, it means it is starting to spoil. If the fruit is very hard, it is not yet ripe.