Q. What is the best way to eat a pineapple nutritionally?
A. Pineapple provides vital nutrients when eaten in all forms (fresh, cooked, canned, juiced and dried). Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contains some B vitamins and fiber. Fresh or frozen pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily used as a tenderizer in cooking. This enzyme has also been touted for centuries to ease inflammation, treat digestive problems, and for prevention of cancer. However, research regarding the effects of bromelain in humans is sparse, but we do know that when pineapple is heated in cooking or canning this enzyme becomes inactive. Using pineapple in all forms will give you the best nutritional benefit and prevent boredom from eating the same thing over and over. Also, make sure to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in all forms for optimal nutrition.