Benefits of pineapple
Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that digests protein. This enzyme does not only help digestion and efficiently reduces inflammation and swelling that may occur.
These are only some of the benefits of pineapple. It is rich in Vitamin B and contains a rarely found mineral called manganese. Manganese is a mineral that the body needs for energy generation. It is rich in thiamin and riboflavin, which are Vitamins B required for energy generation and used in enzymatic reactions.
Also pineapple helps release stress and boost immune system. This is also true for pineapple juice you will prepare at home, except the benefit of pulp.
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Keep in mind
Dark green leaves that look fresh is a good indicator to look for when picking up pineapples. You can understand whether pineapple is ripe or not by smelling it.
How do you eat pineapple? You can peel off the outer skin of the portion of the pineapple you want to eat. Or you can have the whole fruit peeled off at the grocery. You can cut until the root part of the pineapple and feed it to your baby. This is where the fructose is concentrated and also this part is much softer.
Pineapple is an acidic fruit. And it may cause rash in babies. And cause redness around the mouth of some babies. If this kind of redness occurs around the mouth of your baby, this is not a sign that your baby is allergic to pineapple rather it is a sign that your baby has a delicate skin. But you should not forget to consult your doctor regarding this. For this reason pineapple should not be one of the first foods you will give to your baby.
If your baby is intolerant, is better to wait until he is 1 year old. If your baby does not have these types of food intolerances, you may try giving him pineapple in small quantities after month 9. But even then you should take slow steps and follow the three day waiting rule .
After you are sure that your baby will not react to acidic composition of pineapple and when he is old enough to feed himself using his hands, you may give him a slice of pineapple to chew. Still you need to be by his side and watch out to prevent it from sticking in his throat. You may use fruit nets produced for this purpose.
Do not give your baby pineapples that are not ripe. Don't eat it yourself either. This may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Do not give pineapple to babies with reflux. Pineapple induces reflux.
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Nutritional value per one 1 cup of chopped pineapple (165 grams);
Vitamin A 95.7 IU
Vitamin C 78.9 mg
Folate 29.7 mg
Calcium 21.5 mg
Magnesium 19,8 mg
Phosphor 13.2 mg
Potassium 180 mg
Manganese 1.5 mg
Fructose 16.3 g
Benefits of pineapple