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E2G EAT TO GROW NUTRITION, SUPPLEMENTS, MUST HAVES AND MORE THE POWER OF PINEAPPLE Eating this fruit can help boost your muscle gains and performance. By Emily Schneider-Green D o you like pina coladas? Then you need pineapple. But, pineapples aren’t only useful for their decor- enhancing abilities or as a key ingredient of pina coladas. This fruit is a powerhouse that could provide you with a natu- ral boost to your muscle gains and athletic performance. How so? Pineapple can promote better heal- ing ability and increased strength and endurance. Scientific research has been look- ing at pineapples for their healing and anti-inflammatory properties for years. This, combined with the pineapple’s naturally perfected stack of nutrients, makes for a fruit that can definitely play a role in increased muscle mass, heightened performance and reduced soreness and inflammation. So it definitely deserves a regular place beside your sweet potatoes, oats, chicken and other menu mainstays. Doesn’t Fruit Have A Bad Rap? In recent years you might have heard about the drawbacks of fruit. There will always be a diet claiming 16 AUGUST 2017 | ironmanmagazine.com that the sweet stuff is to be avoided, and that, natural or not, sugar of all kinds is evil. While no one’s arguing against the perks of cutting down on sugar, cutting fruit out of your diet shortchanges your body of a host of micronutrients and vitamins that nature intended us to have. Enter pineapple as the perfect ex- ample of why fruit still needs to be a part of your life, sugary or not. Be- yond their spiny exterior and sugary flesh, pineapples actually pack in a wallop of nutrients, vitamins and key minerals your body requires for optimal performance. Despite being sweet, pineapples are far more than just sugar water. They’re very low in calories. A one-cup serving of fresh pineapple only clocks in at 82 calo- ries. And, as long as you’re grabbing fresh pineapple, their sweetness is all natural, so it’s not an issue when considering the ample health benefits. Benefit #1: Key Minerals And Vitamins According to the FDA, high on the list of pineapple’s perks is the shot of vitamin C it delivers. Pineapple