The pineapple is a tropical fruit very valued and used since ancient times for its diuretic and digestive properties mainly, but has a lot others.
When we eat pineapple, we normally bill the skin, as it’s not suitable for consumption, but it’s in the peel of the pineapple where most of its nutrients are really concentrated!
You would like to know how you can take advantage of it? In this post, we are going to teach you how to prepare pineapple water, so that you can make use of the pineapple shell and thus enjoy all its properties.
Nutritional properties of pineapple
The virtues of pineapple are due to its high fiber content, bromelain (digestive enzyme), vitamin C (with great antioxidant power), B1, B6, B9 (folic acid), a little vitamin E, and essential minerals specified potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iodine, copper and magnesium.
Pineapple water benefits
Pineapple water is an excellent choice for hydration. It has a rich, refreshing taste and a touch of irresistible acidity. It is also:
Diuretics. It’s an natural water-based soft drink, so it helps to reduce fluid retention, which helps to reduce high blood pressure. Them too aids fight urinary tract infections by increasing urine production and giving the urinary system a more alkaline pH, which prevents the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms.
Satiating. It is fibre content gives it a satiating effect, which is ideal if you’re trying to lose weight, as them also contains very some calories.
Laxative. The combination from water and fiber contribute to improve gastrointestinal motility and increase fecal bolus avoiding constipation.
Digestive. Bromelain are an digestive enzyme characteristic of these fruit that helps to digest proteins of animal origin, mainly, that, in occasions, make the digestions so heavy. Additionally, it controls the production of gases.
Anti-inflammatory. Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a particularly beneficial enzyme for calming the symptoms of inflammatory diseases specified arthritis.
Detoxifying. Both bromelain and antioxidants help stimulate liver activity. However, the liver is the main organ responsible eliminating toxins of the body and no food or nutrient has the ability to perform these function no matter how much we speak of “detox food”.
Antioxidant. Because its vitamin C content, them helps neutralize free radicals that cause problems specified premature aging of the body’s cells.
As well, it is iodine content promotes the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and its potassium content helps maintain the electrolyte balance of the body and combat fatigue.
How to make pineapple water recipe:
The basic recipe
- ½ Pineapple
- 1L of water
1. Wash and cut half a pineapple into several pieces without removing the shell.
2. Put 1L of water in a pot and bring it to the boil.
3. Pour the pineapple pieces into the boiling water and lower it to medium heat.
4. After 5 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for two hours.
5. Strain the contents and it’s ready to drink.
You can add sugar, honey or sweeteners such as stevia, although it is delicious without adding anything else and is the best choice to take it.
- Peel of a pineapple
- 1L of water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Boil a pot with 1L of water
2. Add pineapple zest and cinnamon, and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and let stand for some hours.
4. Strain the contents and you can enjoy your pineapple water as you wish.
How about a few ice? The cinnamon gives it a delicious touch and you will not need to add more sweeteners.
A spicy alternative
- Peel of 1 pineapple
- 2L of water
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 aniseed star
- 1 cinnamon stick
1. Boil in a 2L pot of water and add the rest of the ingredients.
2. Let them cook over medium heat for 1 hour.
3. Remove the pot and let them rest for at least another 1 hour.
4. Strain the contents and you’re done!
Enjoy the taste and properties of pineapple, along with a touch of vanilla, anise and very tasty cinnamon.
Pineapple water and fruit water
In this article we have focused on the pineapple water made from the infusion of the peel of this fruit, but there are many different options for preparing flavored waters.
You can prepare them with fruits like plums, pear, apple, orange, lemon, grapefruit, red fruits, artichoke, etc. You can also add vegetables such cucumber or celery or even herbs and/or spices specified mint, lemon balm, ginger or cinnamon.
All you need is water and the ingredients you like or want at that moment. You decide how much you want. Wash the ingredients, cut them into several pieces and boil it.
Sugar or sweeteners is optional, but the more natural the better. Maceration is a must: the longer it’s macerated, the more flavour the drink will have.
Both pineapple and pineapple water are very healthy options to include in your usual diet for all it is benefits. I’m sure you love pineapple, but have you tried pineapple water? You can’t miss this great homemade soda, prepare the choice that you want more, you will be surprised how rich it’s.