Its water content is high. Its contribution of carbohydrates and bromelain, an enzyme that helps the digestion of proteins, stands out. Despite its sweet taste, its caloric value is moderate. Regarding other nutrients, its potassium, iodine and vitamin C content is outstanding. Iodine is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism. Vitamin C helps in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth.
The inclusion of pineapple in the first courses is especially beneficial because it stimulates the production of gastric juices. It is especially indicated to digest proteins. People with dyspepsia, either by hypochlorhydria -lack of gastric juices- or by gastric atony -difficulty to empty the stomach contents- have in pineapple an ally if taken fresh, because with the heat the action of bromelain is annulled. However, pineapple consumption is contraindicated in people suffering from gastroduodenal ulcer and gastritis due to its acid content and its ability to increase the production of gastric juices.