The ISS dispels a myth: "It is not true that pineapple burns fat"
If losing weight were as easy as eating just one food, obesity would not be an epidemic. While pineapple certainly offers a number of benefits to those looking to lose a few pounds, including low calories and a good source of fiber, it does not contain any magical substances that melt fat.
In practice, this exotic fruit makes you lose weight only if you go and pick it in person. On foot. From Italy to Brazil. This is also confirmed by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) which, through its official website, has explained in detail the reason for this false myth.
The Fat Burning Bromelain Myth
"We often hear that pineapple burns fat. False beliefs have emerged on the fruit's ability to act as a fat burner and therefore as a slimming ", they explain from the ISS. "The false myth derives from the fact that pineapple contains a substance, called abromelin". It is a blend of enzymes that help break down foods into smaller pieces to facilitate digestion. Bromelain doesn't help break down fats, but it does help digest protein. If you have ever felt a burning sensation in your mouth after eating a little fresh pineapple, you have experienced the enzymatic power of bromelain.
Either way, bromelain offers some health benefits. "Several clinical studies have shown the anti-edematous (reduction of fluid retention), anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic effects of bromelain." However, there is no evidence that it can help with weight loss. "Pineapple, however, does not make you lose weight: the real loss of fat is achieved only through a balanced diet enhanced by physical activity", underlines the ISS.
Either way, this exotic fruit can be used as a low-calorie, nutrient-rich food that can help enforce a healthy diet. Being a good source of fiber, it helps you feel full by breaking hunger. One cup of fresh pineapple is fat-free and has 80 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein, and 2 grams of fiber. Plus, it meets more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement.