Pineapple is a sweet, nutritious fruit that can help you meet the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Eat it by itself as a snack or as part of both sweet and savory dishes. Choose pineapples that are heavy for their size and have dark green leaves, and eat them within two or three days for best results.
Pineapples are cholesterol-free and fat-free. One cup of cubed pineapple contains 80 calories, 2 rams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. This serving of nutrient-rich fruit also provides you with 40 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, 10 percent of your thiamine needs, 8 percent of your vitamin B-6 requirement, 6 percent of the daily value for magnesium, and 4 percent of the recommendations for riboflavin, folate, niacin and iron.
Immune Booster and Disease Fighter:
The vitamin C in pineapple may help lower your risk for heart disease, gout, cancer, lead toxicity, cataracts and stroke. It also provides a boost to your immune function, helping to shorten the duration of colds. The vitamin may also help to prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.