The best time to drink pineapple juice for weight loss is at breakfast or right after exercise. Then, sugar, vitamins, electrolytes, bromelain, and other antioxidants are more beneficial.
Nutritional value & benefits of pineapple juice
Pineapple juice is packed with nutrients. A glass of pineapple juice a day as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet is beneficial for our health and for maintaining a healthy body weight.
Most noteworthy, a glass of pineapple juice has only 130 calories. It could help us lose weight, if we drink it in moderation.
|a glass |
|vitamin C (mg)||109||121%|
|vitamin B6 (mg)||0,25||19%|
Also, pineapple juice is particularly rich in vitamin C. A glass contains more vitamin C than the recommended daily intake! Vitamin C protects the skin and good eyesight, burns fat, helps sleep better at night, boosts the immune system, and many more!
Additionally, pineapple juice contains high amounts of magnesium, potassium, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, and folate. These compounds are necessary for weight loss and good health! They’re involved in energy metabolism.
Additionally, pineapple is the only food containing bromelain. This enzyme is known to reduce inflammations, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.
The best time to drink pineapple juice for weight loss
The best time of the day to drink pineapple juice is at breakfast.
Pineapple juice is rich in sugars. A glass contains about 25 g of sugars. The morning is the best time of the day to consume sugar. Our bodies store sugar as muscle glycogen in the morning, as an instant source of energy. Consuming sugar at breakfast, instead of dinner, improves insulin sensitivity and glucose levels.
Moreover, pineapple juice is packed with antioxidants. We better get these health-promoting compounds first thing in the morning. They protect us during the day from air pollution, sun radiation, smoking etc.[3,4]
How to drink pineapple juice for weight loss?
But, drinking only a glass of pineapple juice in the morning on an empty stomach may be bad for weight loss. You should consume a breakfast rich in fiber and protein as well. Pineapple juice contains negligible amounts of fiber or protein.
For instance, you could drink pineapple juice with oatmeal. Fiber in oatmeal can keep you full for hours. You could also add a tbsp of protein powder. Protein is very filling and preserves fat-free body mass during dieting.
Moreover, you could combine pineapple juice with carrot juice. Carrot juice is particularly high in vitamin A. A glass provides more vitamin A than we need per day. Combining vitamins A and C is particularly beneficial for the skin and good eyesight.
A good time to drink pineapple juice is after exercise
Furthermore, you could drink pineapple juice before or after exercise because:
- sugar in pineapple juice provides energy during exercise. Also, sugar promotes muscle recovery after a strenuous workout. Sugar replenishes muscle glycogen stores.
- pineapple juice hydrates the body better than tap water. It’s high in electrolytes, which are involved in muscle contraction, fluid and heartbeat regulation as well as energy metabolism.
- bromelain in pineapple juice can relieve knee and shoulder pain, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
What’s the worst time of the day to drink pineapple juice?
On the other hand, you should avoid drinking pineapple juice late at night. Excess sugar in pineapple juice can be stored as body fat instead of muscle glycogen. Prefer consuming whole pineapple or other fruits at night.
In fact, consuming high amounts of carbs late at night may lead to obesity. They could have detrimental effects on the synthesis of certain hormones, such as the human growth hormone.
How much juice can I drink a day without gaining weight?
If you want to lose weight, you should consume only a glass of pineapple juice a day. You have to be very cautious with portion sizes. Fruit juices have many calories.
Only athletes could drink more pineapple juice, without gaining weight. They have increased energy needs. Also, sugar and bromelain in pineapple juice could be beneficial for them.