Rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, pineapple has many health benefits. Is this fruit also a slimming ally? Is its alleged fat-burning effect a myth or a reality? We take stock of the situation with Alix Thomas-Davoigniot, dietician-nutritionist.
“Pineapple is a fat burner”. We have all heard this sentence before. It suggests that this fruit could compensate for a meal that is a little too rich or repeated snacking. But what is it?
If pineapple is presented as a fat-burning fruit, it is because of its content of bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme found in its stem and flesh. Contrary to popular belief, this enzyme does not burn fat but digests proteins. “Since the bromelain allows to improve the digestion, this phenomenon was wrongly assimilated to lipids, and thus to fats, whereas it concerns only proteins”, specifies Alix Thomas-Davoigniot, dietitian-nutritionist.
Pineapple: what are its slimming assets?
There is no miracle cure to eliminate fat and pineapple is no exception to the rule! But it is not because the fat-burning dimension of this fruit is a myth that it can not be an ally for the line. “To consume pineapple at the end of the meal is a good idea because it supports the absorption of proteins, which makes it possible to avoid the heaviness and other distensions”, explains the dietician-nutritionist.
Another advantage of pineapple: it is low in carbohydrates and low in calories. For comparison, an apple contains 11 kcal per 100 g, while a pineapple contains 13 kcal per 100 g. This fruit is also a good source of fiber and therefore has a satiating effect, which can have an impact on weight loss.
Is it possible to lose weight with the pineapple diet?
The alleged fat-burning effects of pineapple have encouraged the appearance of diets featuring this fruit. The principle? To consume only pineapple for several days. “The monodiètes are never a good idea”, reminds Alix Thomas-Davoigniot. This is particularly the case of those based on fruit, because they are rich in fructose, which increases blood sugar, and do not contain other essential nutrients to the body such as protein or fat. This mono diet can therefore lead to deficiencies, but that’s not all: “We lose weight, but also muscle and our body stores more easily, which promotes weight gain later,” explains the dietician-nutritionist.
The specialist recommends leaving aside this type of diet and adopting a balanced and varied diet. To do this, it is advisable to consume :
lean proteins (white meat, white fish, vegetable proteins …)
whole grains (spelled, buckwheat…)
vegetables, preferably rich in water, because they are diuretic and help drain (cucumbers, asparagus…)
fruits, also rich in water (watermelon, melon…)
dairy products (fresh cheese, yogurt…)
What are the health benefits of pineapple?
Beyond its positive impact on the line, the pineapple is especially beneficial for health. “Its richness in fiber helps regulate intestinal transit and helps fight against cardiovascular disease, especially because it helps reduce cholesterol,” says Alix Thomas-Davoigniot.
Pineapple also contains potassium (140 mg for 100 g) and magnesium (15 mg for 100 g). The latter has a muscle relaxant effect, which promotes intestinal transit and helps to chase away stress.
Pineapple: how to consume it to take advantage of its benefits?
To take full advantage of the benefits of pineapple, it is advisable to consume it fresh quickly after slicing it, because the vitamin C it contains is heat sensitive. Eaten at the end of a meal, pineapple helps avoid heaviness, but it can also be eaten before a meal if it is better tolerated at that time. “That depends on the digestion of each one”, underlines Alix Thomas-Davoigniot.
It is however advisable to be vigilant in case of food intolerance because pineapple can cause symptoms such as hives or itching in the mouth. “If you feel tingling or notice the appearance of mouth ulcers after eating pineapple, it is advisable to consult your doctor”, concludes the dietician nutritionist.
” Thanks to Alix Thomas-Davoigniot, dietitian-nutritionist in Paris and creator of the Instagram account Les Assiettes de Lixouri. “