Although thought to have originated in South America, pineapples were first discovered by Europeans in 1493 on the Caribbean island now known as Guadalupe. It's low in calories and a great source of several unique health promoting vitamins, minerals, and other compounds essential for optimum health.
Pineapples are a good source of manganese, B1, B6, folate, copper, manganese, and potassium as well as soluble and insoluble dietary fiber like pectin. They're also an excellent source of vitamin C (which boosts immunity and neutralizes harmful free radicals) and contain bromelain, an enzyme that digests food by breaking down protein. Bromelain has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting, anti-cancer, and digestive benefits. In addition, pineapples contain many antioxidants which provide immune support, protection against inflammation and oxidative stress.