I’ve been losing weight over these few months. To begin with, I’m not fat and I’m pretty indifferent to my weight. I’m actually slightly irritated that people have been commenting that I’m thinner plus my clothes and even my wedding ring are now so much looser. Actually, I haven’t done anything to shed off the kilos. I’ve been eating the same number of meals based on the same diet. I haven’t been exercising and instead, have been sitting in front of my computer most of the time. So what has contributed to my weight loss? I gave this some thoughts and I highly suspect, it is the pineapples I’ve been eating!
High dose of Vitamin C
Sometime earlier in the year, I started eating pineapples on a daily basis. I eat about three slices, which is about a quarter of a pineapple, usually after my lunch. Except for the fact that pineapples contain lots of Vitamin C and that it is pretty acidic, I don’t know much about this fruit. But since suspecting that it has caused my weight loss, I did some online research into the fruit.
Good source of bromelain enzyme
According to the wikipedia, pineapple is a good source of manganese and contains significant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin B1. In addition, the fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain that aids digestion and helps prevent inflammation and swelling.
Bromelain and slimming pills
I couldn’t find strong concrete scientific evidence that eating pineapples could contribute to weight loss but it looks like I’m not alone in my suspicions. For example, I found this website that stated that pineapples can promote natural weight loss. In addition, I found that some manufacturers who use bromelain in their slimming pills have been claiming that it can help to break down body fat and enables slimmers to lose weight effortlessly. However, this claim has not been backed up and it is said that bromelain, like any other protein in the gut, would be digested and should have no action on body weight. (source)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and weight loss
But pineapples also contains Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) which is said to help metabolize carbohydrates. When I searched about this vitamin, it came up in a lot of weight loss resource websites! There appears to be some link between Vitamin B and weight loss but according to Love To Know website, Vitamin B and weight loss go hand in hand, but only when all forms of vitamin B are taken together.
Promotes better metabolism and better digestion
So does eating pinepapples really promote weight loss? Well, I can’t say for sure since I cannot quote you any brillant information from experts. But if you think about it, with better metabolism and better digestion that comes with eating pineapples daily, losing weight isn’t such a far-fetched idea. However, I can only say it worked for me and I’m not discounting there could be other factors or food that needs to work in combination for the effect.
Possible side effects
Before you go all out to eat a ton of pineapples, be aware that like all other foods, this fruit should be consumed with moderation. For one, I think there is quite a bit of sugar content in pineapples. Even though the sugar is natural and unrefined, too much sugar of any kind will cause blood sugar to go up higher. Too much pineapple can also contribute to thinning the blood, so those on blood-thinning medications must be careful. Pineapples are also considered as cooling foods and may not be so great for your tummy. In fact, I even think it caused me to develop backaches. Finally, you can’t eat too much pineapple without getting that “biting” feeling on your tongue. So better go easy than to be bitten!