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Apple vs Pineapple - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison

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Introduction

Many hundreds of fruits, including apple and pineapple are commercially valuable as human food. They are eaten both fresh and as jams, they are used in manufactured foods or beverages, such as fruit juices or alcoholic beverages. We use them in many receipts while cooking and they give an incomparable taste to them. Fruits are also used for gift giving in the form of Fruit Baskets or even Fruit Bouquets, which are very famous nowadays. Delicious apples are one of the most popular and favorite fruits. Their tree is one of the earliest trees to be cultivated. Apples appear even in religious traditions as a mystical fruit and in art. What about pineapples, they were known as an exotic fruit that could be found only at the most plentiful banquets, whereas, now it can be commonly found in any grocery store. It has been served not only as a fruit, but also as a symbol. In the European iconography it was a symbol of welcome and hospitality.

Nutritional Content Comparison

Apple is very popular among the health conscious people who unwaveringly believe in the concept of “health is wealth”. They are known to have health promoting and disease prevention properties. But if we compare their nutritional content, pineapple is much richer in vitamins and minerals. It contains approximately 5 times more vitamins and 2 times more minerals than apple does. It is enough to mention that the first food contains 11 times more Vitamin C, 5 times more Vitamin B1, and two times more Vitamin B3, 5, 6 than apple. Moreover, it is lower in saturated fat and contains less sugar. The only advantage that apple has is that it is lower in glycemic index and also it is lower in price. They contain almost the same number of protein, carbohydrates and fats. But if we compare the coverage of our daily needs of vitamins, pineapple covers 3.5 times more of it, and also it covers 6 times more of our daily needs of minerals as it contains more iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Health Impact

The old adage is true: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apple truly has many health benefits and no less does the other fruit.

  • Whiter and healthier teeth
    Biting and chewing one a day reduces tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
  • Avoid Alzheimer’s
    Studies showed that its juice has the ability to keep away Alzheimer’s and fight the aging on the brain.
  • Protect against Parkinson’s
    Due to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained in it, it gives a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s.
  • Curb all sorts of cancers
    Research has shown that they can reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23%.
  • Decrease the risk of diabetes
    Thanks to the soluble fiber, contained in this fruit, women who eat at least 1 apple a day are 28% less likely to develop diabetes.
  • Reduce cholesterolThey contain soluble fiber that binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels.
  • A healthier heart
    Its skins contain a phenolic compound, which prevents the cholesterol that gets into the system from solidifying on the artery walls.
  • Preventing gallstones
    To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fiber that is contained in this fruit.
  • Beat diarrhea and constipation
    In the case when you can’t go to bathroom or just can’t stop going, they can help with that.
  • Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome
    To control the symptoms of irritable bowel, doctors recommend eating apples.
  • Avert hemorrhoids
    They can help alleviate hemorrhoids as they contain fibers that prevent from straining too much while you are in bathroom.
  • Control the weight
    To control the weight, doctors recommend a diet rich in fiber, which will fill up without costing too many calories.
  • Detoxify the liver
    They are one of the best and easiest things you can eat to detoxify the liver.
  • Boost the immune system
    Studies have shown that red ones contain quercetin that can boost and fortify the immune system.
  • Prevent cataracts
    People who regularly eat fruits that contain antioxidants, like apples, are 10-15% less likely to develop cataracts.

Not less health benefits have pineapples.

  • Age-related macular degeneration
    They decrease the risk of age-related muscular degeneration.
  • Asthma prevention
    People who eat this fruit regularly are less likely to have an asthma.
  • Blood pressure
    It is high in potassium and can help to lower the blood pressure.
  • Cancer
    They can play a protective role from the free radicals, which can cause cancer, as they are a good source of the strong antioxidant - vitamin C and beta-carotine. The research has shown that they contain bromelain and other enzhymes that can be used in the treatment of cancer for reducing the side-effects of it.
  • Diabetes
    One pineapple contains approximately 13g of fiber, which is known to lower the glucose level in blood.
  • Fertility
    They can improve fertility as they are an excellent source of antioxidants.
  • Digestion
    You will forget about constipation if you regularly eat them. Thanks to their water and fiber content they promote a healthy digestive tract.
  • Healing and Inflammation
    It is known that pineapples can reduce the healing time and pain caused by the injuries or surgical intervention.
  • Hearth health
    They contain Vitamin C, fiber and potassium and they all support heart health. Those who eat pineapples daily are 49% less likely to have a heart disease.
  • Skin
    A skin damage can be caused by the sun or pollution and pineapple can help to fight these skin damages and can improve overall skin texture.

SUMMARY

Although pineapple and apple both have many health benefits, if we compare them, we can surely say that pineapple is better as it contains much more vitamins and minerals and covers the more percentage of our daily need. So, if you want to use it not for a specific disease, I can surely say that pineapple is better to choose. But, on the other hand, their health benefits are quite different and it is impossible to differ which one is better in healing diseases, as they are dissimilar and inimitable in that.

References
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC437620/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1274694/

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in vitamins?
Pineapple
Pineapple is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is richer in minerals?
Pineapple
Pineapple is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pineapple
Pineapple is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.019g)
Which food contains less Sugars?
Pineapple
Pineapple contains less Sugars (difference - 0.54g)
Which food is cheaper?
Apple
Apple is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Apple
Apple is lower in glycemic index (difference - 21)
Which food contains less Sodium?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (1 mg)
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)

Comparison summary table

Pay attention at the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Apple Pineapple
Rich in vitamins ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugars ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in Cholesterol Equal

Which food is preferable in case of diets?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Apple Pineapple
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

Summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfils human daily needs, the more the summary score is
Vitamin Summary Score
5
Apple
25
Pineapple
Mineral Summary Score
3
Apple
6
Pineapple

Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Apple
1
:
Contains more Phosphorus +37.5%
Contains more Iron +141.7%
Contains more Calcium +116.7%
Contains more Magnesium +140%
Contains more Copper +307.4%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Equal in Potassium - 109
Equal in Sodium - 1
Contains more Phosphorus +37.5%
Contains more Iron +141.7%
Contains more Calcium +116.7%
Contains more Magnesium +140%
Contains more Copper +307.4%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Equal in Potassium - 109
Equal in Sodium - 1

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Apple
2
:
Contains more Vitamin E +800%
Contains more Vitamin K +214.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +939.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +364.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +449.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +249.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +173.2%
Equal in Vitamin A - 58
Contains more Vitamin E +800%
Contains more Vitamin K +214.3%
Contains more Vitamin C +939.1%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +364.7%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +23.1%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +449.5%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +249.2%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +173.2%
Equal in Vitamin A - 58

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Protein
2%
Apple
3%
Pineapple
Carbohydrates
14%
Apple
13%
Pineapple
Fats
1%
Apple
1%
Pineapple

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All nutrients comparison - raw data values

In the column "Opinion" we made some assumptions which could be controversial. For instance we are assuming that less saturated fats is good for you. Please ignore this column if you have your own opinion.We marked the nutrients, comparison of which we considered as not meaningful, as "N/A"
Nutrient Apple Pineapple Opinion
Calories 52 50 Apple
Protein 0.26 0.54 Pineapple
Fats 0.17 0.12 Apple
Vitamin C 4.6 47.8 Pineapple
Carbs 13.81 13.12 Apple
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.12 0.29 Pineapple
Calcium 6 13 Pineapple
Potassium 107 109 Pineapple
Magnesium 5 12 Pineapple
Sugars 10.39 9.85 Apple
Fiber 2.4 1.4 Apple
Copper 0.027 0.11 Pineapple
Zinc 0.04 0.12 Pineapple
Starch 0.05 0 Apple
Phosphorus 11 8 Apple
Sodium 1 1
Vitamin A 54 58 Pineapple
Vitamin E 0.18 0.02 Apple
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0.017 0.079 Pineapple
Vitamin B2 0.026 0.032 Pineapple
Vitamin B3 0.091 0.5 Pineapple
Vitamin B5 0.061 0.213 Pineapple
Vitamin B6 0.041 0.112 Pineapple
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 2.2 0.7 Apple
Folic acid (B9) 0 0
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0.028 0.009 Pineapple
Monounsaturated Fat 0.007 0.013 Pineapple
Polyunsaturated fat 0.051 0.04 Apple
Tryptophan 0.001 0.005 Pineapple
Threonine 0.006 0.019 Pineapple
Isoleucine 0.006 0.019 Pineapple
Leucine 0.013 0.024 Pineapple
Lysine 0.012 0.026 Pineapple
Methionine 0.001 0.012 Pineapple
Phenylalanine 0.006 0.021 Pineapple
Valine 0.012 0.024 Pineapple
Histidine 0.005 0.01 Pineapple
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