Pineapple tastes unbelievably sweet – so should you avoid this refreshing treat at all costs?
We’ll debunk the idea that diabetes and fruit don’t mix. We’ll also reveal how you can enjoy pineapple safely, even if you’re managing erratic blood sugar levels. And we’ll unveil some surprising health benefits of this delicious fruit.
1) Based on a 120 gram serving, a pineapple’s glycemic load is listed as 7, which actually makes it a low GL food.
2) While pineapple carries approximately 22 grams of carbohydrate per cup, almost 2 and a half of those grams, or about 11% of the carb content, is actually beneficial dietary fiber.
3) Pairing foods is an important trick you should use to help your body better manage pineapple’s carb load. Simply pair your pineapple with a bit of protein and healthy fat! Protein and mono or polyunsaturated fats act much like fiber inside your body, in that they will slow your digestion. And that, in turn, helps slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream.
4) The glycemic index of pineapple can be affected by its ripeness, as well as the variety of pineapple you choose! As fruits ripen, a portion of their starch content will become converted into sugar. So as a piece of fruit matures, its glycemic index will actually increase.
5) just one serving of pineapple has 131% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C!
6) Pineapple is also is jam-packed with important antioxidants, which help protect your body from free radical damage. In fact, recent studies suggest that eating fresh pineapple on a regular basis may help decrease your risk of certain forms of cancer, namely colon and breast cancer.
7) Pineapple also contains digestive enzymes, called BROMELAIN (bro-meh-leen). These enzymes help break protein down into amino acids, which makes it easier for the body to absorb and utilize.