[Article updated on 19/09/2023]
Rich in minerals, water and vitamins, pineapple is one of the exotic fruits most appreciated by adults and children. Pineapple is not only a delicious and refreshing snack, but also a health treasure. This discreet fruit has rich nourishing, cleansing and healing properties. It can help you lose weight, but also treat certain diseases. Let’s discover together the properties, nutritional values and calories of this fruit.
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How many calories are in pineapple?
A 100 g serving of pineapple will provide you with 50 kcal. 100 grams of fresh pineapple in syrup will provide you with 70 kcal. But 100 g of dried pineapple will provide you with 332 kcal. On the other hand, 100 g of canned pineapple will provide you with 84 kcal. And 100 grams of frozen pineapple will provide you with 86 kcals.
Pineapple: Protein, carbohydrate and lipid content
Pineapple calories come from 4% protein, 94% carbohydrates and 2% fat. Pineapple contains 0.54g of protein per 100g. A medium-sized pineapple (700g) contains around 3.8g of protein.
Pineapple Nutritional Values Table
|Pineapple: content per 100 grams
|-including dietary fiber
|-of which saturates
How much does the average pineapple weigh?
A medium-sized pineapple weighs 700g and provides around 350 calories (kcal). To visualize how much that really is, keep in mind that the amount of calories from one medium sized pineapple (700g) is similar to the amount of calories from, say, 6.5 apples, 4 glasses of Cola, 3.5 slices of cheese, 3 slices of bread, 2.5 glasses of milk 18 teaspoons of sugar.
To get rid of these calories (350 kcal), for example, you should cycle for at least 50 minutes, swim for 41 minutes or run for 35 minutes.
Minerals also signal their presence. First there is manganese, which helps you absorb the other nutrients found in pineapple. It takes care of your bones and is appreciated in the prevention of osteoporosis. The fruit also provides calcium, copper, potassium, iron and zinc.
On the vitamin side, it is worth highlighting the presence of 17 mg of vitamin C and 7 µg of vitamin A equivalent. Vitamin C helps to promote the absorption of iron. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, B6 and PP.
Does pineapple make you gain weight?
The low calorie content of pineapple places this product in the group of low-calorie fruits. Consuming pineapple seems to be a good choice for those on a diet. However, you can find lower-calorie products among fruits.
Pineapples are high in simple sugars, but low in calories. 100g of pineapple only contains around 50 kcals. It’s a small amount, but not the smallest. For example, fewer calories are found in fruits like watermelons and limes. Edible pineapple is a great choice for people trying to lose unnecessary pounds. The fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which supports digestive processes.
Pineapple is primarily a source of carbohydrates which form an important part of your diet. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for your body. They should therefore represent 45 to 65% of your daily calories. Equally important is the fact that the product contains fiber (1.4 g), which facilitates the process of weight loss, regulates the functioning of the intestines, stabilizes blood sugar levels and promotes the feeling of satiety. It should be noted that it has a low sodium content (1 mg).
The beneficial properties of pineapple
Pineapple is also beneficial for our bones as it is a source of manganese, iron and copper. The fruit can therefore be used as a preventive measure against osteoporosis. Its consumption is also recommended for children whose skeletal system is developing rapidly.
The fruit is also used as an aid for gout attacks. It has an analgesic effect and additionally facilitates the elimination of excess uric acid from the body. Pineapple will help with a throat infection. Rinsing with fresh fruit juice soothes coughs. Due to its anticoagulant properties, it could prove to be an effective treatment for asthma.
Where does pineapple come from?
The homeland of pineapple is Brazil. It is only there that the fruit is found in the wild. Europeans owe the discovery of the pineapple to Christopher Columbus, who, according to stories, brought the first pineapples to the Old Continent from Guadeloupe. Today, the largest pineapple plantations are found, among others, in Hawaii, Mexico and the aforementioned Brazil.
Does pineapple contain food additives?
Pineapple contains very few food additives. In particular, we find organic acids at a level of 0.7 grams per 100 grams of fresh fruit.