If you have a core slicer at home, trash it now instead of throwing away the pineapple core. Peels, pith, seeds or core of certain fruits pack more nutrition, or at least as much as the fruit or vegetable does. Discarding them is like letting nutrition go down the drain. Pineapples are known to be high-calorie fruits but they also contain a host of vital nutrients and hence can be consumed in small proportion, suggests Debjani Banerjee, Consultant Nutritionist and Dietetics, PSRI Hospitals New Delhi.
The core of the pineapple may seem to be very hard, less juicy and slightly bitter as compared to the juicy slice, but don t remove it. The pineapple core is a rich source of fibre and keeps your digestive system healthy. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme with anticoagulant properties that helps clot blood. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and aids healing of wounds or bruises and other skin infections. The core has high concentration of Bromelain as compared to the fruit and hence is more beneficial. It is also a great source of Vitamin C, just like the fruit, and boosts your immunity. Bromelain also improves heart health and helps in thinning of the mucus in conditions like asthma, for easy breathing. Moreover, along with the fruit, the core is also a rich source of manganese and promotes bone strength and controls cholesterol level.
Using the pineapple core
Eat the core along with the fruit. Cut thin slices of pineapple so the core is thin too and does not give off too much bitterness and can be chewed easily. You can even add it while preparing pineapple juice to ward off the bitter taste.