Immediate benefits of consuming pineapple juice are Obvious.
- Strengthens the Immune system
- Detoxifies the liver
- Acts as a weight loss medicine
- Boosts the metabolism
- Assimilates fat efficiently
- Drops the cholesterol levels
- Acts as a heart tonic
Sounds Amazing isn’t it?
But wait!! The real trick is in how you use Pineapple juice for weight loss and achieve other by products such as reduction in cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Let me ask you, do you have that irritating and stubborn belly fat that won’t go no matter the number of times you exercise?
Well, if you think about it a bit, there must be something you are doing wrong and my quickest guess would be your diet.
I’m not here to tell you how one fruit, in this case the pineapple will magically tone that fat down, because that would be outrageous in the first place.
Having said that incorporating pineapple juice and Pineapple as a whole fruit in your diet could actually speed up the weight loss process considering that it has anti-inflammatory enzymes, low calories and low energy density.
To be honest, the essence is to discuss in detail the benefits of pineapple juice, various possible combinations of pineapple juice, ways to incorporate the pineapple in your diet, precautions to take as well as any other important additional information that would help you lose weight faster with pineapple juice.
Key things to remember when on a weight loss mission
It is essential to know the nutritional information of certain foods so that you can keep track on the meaningful nutrients.
This is especially vital if you’re on a weight loss schedule in order to monitor the amount of sugars and saturated fats that you’re consuming in your diet.
These two are the major contributors of weight gain and one needs to be watchful on them.
Fat which is not burned as energy is stored in the body and at times can accumulate around certain organs like the kidney and heart causing very serious health problems.
On the other hand, sugar leads to weight gain because in excess, it raises the blood sugar level in the body.
To control the sugar levels, insulin is produced which may lead to severe spikes in blood sugar levels.
These spikes in turn cause serious hunger pangs which may lead to increase in your normal food intake.
Therefore, it’s important to consider foods that are low in sugar because they do not cause sugar level spikes.
In this case, it would be wise to always check the Glycaemic index (GI) and glycaemic load in all the foods that you consume.
The GI is the indicator of the amount of carbohydrates in a particular diet that may influence the levels of blood sugar in your body.
Drinking pineapple juice proves to be one of the best foods with more nutritional value although you should look out for the amount of sugar that has been added.
Pineapple juice simply fuels weight loss process
Pineapples are great tropical fruits and a slice or two for your morning or afternoon snack would be quite helpful to your body.
Apart from having low calories and no fat, pineapple has some other secrets that qualifies it as an aid in the weight loss program.
1.) Water Content
Pineapples are among the top rated fruits which are known for high water content (it contains about 86% water content which is less compared to watermelons, grapefruits and strawberries but still enough to earn a place in the top five).
Due to its high level of water content, the pineapple will help you maintain a homeostatic water balance in your body (in short it will keep you hydrated).
Moreover, two slices of pineapple will fill your tummy to a point that you won’t have any food cravings. This is helpful since it will reduce your intake of calories and eventually leading to weight loss.
Dietary Fibre (roughage) is a well-known food nutrient which comes in two major forms that is; soluble and insoluble fibres.
Pineapple is one fruit that has the highly insoluble fibres.
Research done so far states that fibre is a form of carbohydrate that cannot be digested by the human digestive system (but can be digested by animals because they have the appropriate enzymes to digest it).
But the question is, why consume fibres if our bodies cannot assimilate them?
The answer is simple. The fact that fibres cannot be broken down, it increases the period in which digestion takes place.
This prolongs the feeling of fullness much longer, the same case as when we consume vegetables.
While trying to cut down weight, this can be helpful to reduce your food intake levels.
The best part being that pineapple is able to retain its fibre content even in juiced form.
You don’t have to stress about looking for fresh pineapples every time, there is always an option of a refreshing glass of ‘pineapple juice’.
3.) Vitamin C
Pineapple is known to have an endless list of health benefits to the human body.
Having a high vitamin C content, pineapples can be of benefit to someone in the weight loss programme.
Well, let’s find out how…
Vitamin C being a soluble Vitamin, the body is not able to retain it that’s why we are advised to consume fruits more often.
Vitamin C increases the body’s defenses against diseases while acting as an antioxidant.
When the levels of Vitamin C concentration in your blood stream are too little, your body tends to gain a lot of mass due to increased body fat.
On the other hand, when the levels are adequate, the Vitamin C aids in breaking down fat in the body to ‘fuel’ that is used during workouts and at rest too.
In this case, a glass of the refreshing pineapple juice or slices a day will assist your body to convert the body fats into fuel.
Inflammation comes hand in hand with gain of excess weight because it can be traced back to metabolic problems such as obesity.
Therefore, Bromelain an agent found in pineapples that is used to digest proteins can also be used in treatment of inflammation.
Although inflammation is known to be the body’s natural defense system, at times it can be too much causing excessive gain of body mass.
This happens because, inflammation occurs in the fat tissues majorly. Considering that inflammation basically causes swelling in the affected areas, the fat tissues get enlarged creating more volume to pack excess fats in the body.
Bromelain can counter the inflammation by eliminating the receptors on the T-cells that respond to inflammatory.
This will cause some antigens to malfunction hence the efficiency of Leptin which a hormone responsible for curbing the gain of excess weight.
5.) Eases Digestion
Pineapple is an ideal fruit when it comes to the health of the digestive system. Apart from keeping your tummy full which reduces your consumption rate, the fibres also facilitate the functionalism of the stomach.
This gives it the ability to easily eliminate waste from the body. The importance of this is to do away with the toxins that can lead to severe cases of inflammation hence leading to fat retention.
In addition, a healthy digestive system means that food will be broken down and nutrients that facilitate the metabolism process will be absorbed to the blood stream.
In this case, food that would have been stored as fat loads in the fatty tissues will be burned out as energy.
6.) Vitamin B1
Pineapple is s good source of the B vitamin. Vitamin B1 is scientifically known as Thiamine and is a compound that is responsible for energy production.
It simply prevents the food that has not been used as energy in the body from turning into fat by fuelling the conversion of carbohydrates and sugars in to energy.
You might be wondering how energy and weight loss relates but in real sense, when our energy levels are low, that’s the time we are more prone to run for those foods with high sugar content.
In relation to that, pineapple will be helpful instead. This is because it will fill you up with only a few bites while providing energy essential to curb inflammation in body cells.
Simple Ways to merge pineapple in your Nutritional Therapy
- On the BBQ, you can try adding some slices of pineapple on the grill plate. Trust me they are very delicious. You can also opt to add them to the salad or use them just independently. You’ll surely like it.
- You can add finely chopped pineapple slices, onions, bell peppers and jalapeno peppers together and mix to make a tasteful fresh Pineapple salsa for chicken pies and seafood.
- In baked foods like ham, you can add pineapple juice, rings or chunks to sweeten. These two blend in together so well.
- You can blend a tasteful smoothie made up of pineapple and strawberries for dessert especially.
- Add pineapple slices in your breakfast fruit salad for a refreshing treat in the morning.
- If you like it frozen you can pour unsweetened pineapple juice in the ice cube trays in a freezer for a healthy frozen treat especially during hot afternoons. This would be better than those sugary ice cubes.
- In case you need a quick snack, you can eat chunks of freshly prepared pineapple and enjoy them in their juicy and refined natural state.
Those are just but a few ways one can incorporate pineapple in their meals. However, there is room for more creative recipes that pineapple can be added in to.
This will be a good way to avoid the boredom of eating freshly prepared chunks on a daily basis.
Although the above mentioned ways would be more than amazing, freshly prepared pineapple juice still remains the best way to consume this fruit.
Below are some of the reasons why one should consider pineapple juice.
Reason why pineapple Juice is more efficient
Pineapple juice has one major benefit over other types of pineapple presentations.
It is capable of dealing with water retention in body tissues also known as Oedema. With water retention, you are at a high risk of being obese because of the build-up of fluids in the body tissues.
The fluids tend to mask-off the fat loss because you might be losing similar weight to the fluids your body is retaining.
I know it may seem counterproductive to curb a situation of water retention by adding more fluids but trust me this works perfectly well. This is because the reason why the body is retaining water in the first place may be due to dehydration.
By consuming pineapple juice, your body will function in a healthy way without having to retain water that it’s supposed to excrete.
Pineapple Juice blends worth trying…
1.) The Pineapple-Broccoli Goodness
- 1 lemon
- 1 cucumber
- ¼ pineapple
- 3 handfuls of spinach
- 1handful of mint
- 1 large chunk of broccoli stem
- Clean everything thoroughly in in warm water.
- Peel the lemon as well as the pineapple.
- Add all the ingredients through the juicer and enjoy your mouth-watering blend of what I call the ‘Broccoli-pineapple goodness’.
2.) Pineapple and cucumber Juice for weight loss
Both Pineapple and cucumber are excellent detoxifiers.
When these two potent detoxifiers are combined it becomes a powerhouse fat cutter drink.
To make this drink you simply need to follow 4 Simple steps.
Step 1: Peel off the Pineapple and cucumber
Step 2: Cut the pineapple and cucumber in to pieces
Step 3: Put it in the Blender or Mixer grinder and blend it
Step 4: Extract the Juice and serve it
Tip: I prefer having the juice along with the fiber, extracting the juice is also a good option but having this juice along with the fiber is a great idea.
Having this smoothie along with Fiber helps you to suppress unnecessary hunger pranks.
3.) Pineapple and Apple juice to lose weight
This is my favourite combination, we all know how powerful the apple is.
Mixing Apple with pineapple and consuming it in form of smoothie makes an excellent fit when on a mission to lose weight as it suppresses the hunger.
To make this smoothie all you need is ¾ of average sized pineapple and half an apple (you can take whole apple as well).
If you have apple and Pineapple in your kitchen you can make this juice in 4 easy steps (even a lazy individual can make this).
Step 1: Peel off the Pineapple
Step 2: Cut the Pineapple and Apple into pieces
Step 3: Put it in the blender or Mixer grinder and blend it.
Step 4: Serve this smoothie
You can even extract the juice and have it in case you don’t like the fiber, having said that Fiber is what I would recommend.
If you are suffering from heart ailments or kidney disease then ignore the fiber and consume the juice (after taking advice from your doctor).
Precautions when using Pineapple juice for weight loss
Most food products have certain side effects to the body and Pineapple is no exception. Although it has great health benefits to aid in weight loss, there are a few things one needs to be aware of.
- Canned or dried pineapples have a higher level of sugar than fresh pineapples, therefore it can cause excess weight through fat storage. In some cases, the excess sugar can cause dental problems.
- The acidity in pineapples can cause problems to people who have ulcers in their stomach.
- Bromelain found in pineapples is not so palatable because it contains enzymes that digest proteins even those in your mouth. Having said that there are tons of benefits of Bromelain.
- Don’t use Pineapple juice as a supplement, its neither an ayurvedic medicine nor a supplement. Instead use it to replace your regular tea and poor eating habits to make your metabolism happy. There is a common misconception to consider pineapple juice as an ayurvedic medicine, the fact is it isn’t.
- When on a juicing diet, try to reduce your oil intake. If possible consume food without any oil or butter as the idea is to reduce the fat intake to make this therapy efficient.
If this becomes unbearable, you can opt for tinned pineapples because they have less bromelain.
- You should look out for the ripe pineapples to avoid purchasing unripe ones which are toxic to the human body. They can actually cause diarrhea and vomiting. In addition, eating plenty of the cores can lead to digestive tract blockage caused by the excess fibers.
- The pineapples should be stored in a refrigerator if will not be eaten within two days of purchase.
How to Select and store fresh pineapples.
To enjoy the full benefits and the tasty, juicy nature of the pineapples, you have to learn important tricks on how to pick a fresh pineapple as well as how to store it.
While considering to buy a pineapple, it is important to check on the leaves at the crown. The leaves are supposed to be green while the pineapple should be firm, not squashy.
It is also necessary to know that size doesn’t necessarily matter when choosing a good pineapple.
The big one will have more flesh inside but that doesn’t mean it will be more tasteful than the small one.
You should not pay so much attention to the color of the pineapple because it might not always indicate how ripe the fruit is. What is more important is the ‘how firm the body is’ and ‘how green the leaves at the crown are’.
For the storage precaution, you should place the pineapple on a tray in an open space, not in the cabinets. However, if you wish not consume it within two days, it is better refrigerated.
Consume Pineapple juice during breakfast in the morning to get the optimum benefits.
Furthermore, don’t consume the juice first thing in the morning as your body needs to be alkalized first thing in the morning. Therefore it’s recommended that drink a glass of alkalized water first thing in the morning.
Pineapple juice when consumed diligently over a period of time can give you great results. The key to make it effective is discipline.
Not only Pineapple, take any Juicing Ideas for weight loss if you are not disciplined, more likely you are gonna fail.
In conclusion, now that you have learnt all the benefits of this one tropical fruit that is very low in calories, you should not hesitate to include a piece of it in form of juice or as a whole fruit each day in your dietary plan.
A piece of it will always give you a happy and healthier life!
Which combination did you like the most? I personally like Pineapple and celery juice.
Do you have any other combination that would burn body fat? Don’t hesitate to comment below.