The pineapple (Ananas comosus) comes from America and belongs to the bromeliad family (the only edible fruit of its kind). She is a nutritious all-star known around the world for its wide variety of colon healing and culinary uses. A study published by Biochemical Reports in 2016 reports that pineapples have been used extensively in folk medicine for healing and health purposes since ancient times. The pineapple's unique anatomy and properties make it a compelling tropical emblem. The fruit also contains important vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and helpful compounds that can help fight inflammation and disease.
In addition to their plump golden interiors, the stems and peels (and sometimes leaves) of pineapple plants have also been lauded for their anti-inflammatory and immune-supporting abilities. That's because they contain bromelain, a type of digestive enzyme made from pineapple juice, peel, and stem. Bromelain's therapeutic benefits range from treating osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease to reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
We all agree that food is one of the most powerful tools for fighting inflammation. However, the way in which we produce, process, consume and throw away our food is also an essential factor for our individual, social and ecological transformation. If you need additional compelling incentives for reusing your pineapple peels, let's take a quick look at the intersection between pineapple bio-waste and our planet.