Can pineapple water keep the doctor away?

Can pineapple water keep the doctor away?

Drinking water is an essential part of a healthy diet, but the expert-recommended four to six glasses per day can be challenging with all of the other sugary options available.

A new trend now has people infusing pineapple in their water, with many touting the health benefits of drinking the concoction every morning for a year, nutritionists says. The tropical fruit offers a rich source of nutrients including enzyme bromelain and the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps with healing.

Among the claims are that the nutrients in pineapple water can help fight inflammation, help with weight loss, balance electrolytes, improve vision and protect from cancer, but some doctors believe the benefits may be exaggerated.

Dr. Rutuja D. Patel, an internist from Advocate Dreyer in Batavia, Ill., says there is no reason to start hording pineapples and flavoring your own water.

“The biggest benefit of this idea is the water being consumed,” says Dr. Patel. “Anything that gets us to drink more water is a good thing.”

This particular trend has been shared on Facebook and other social media outlets. Although many are sharing it with excitement and enthusiasm, drinking pineapple water every day might not be the secret to optimal health.

“Being well hydrated can lead to a sense of well-being,” Dr. Patel says. “Drinking water, plain or flavored, isn’t a cure all.”

Dr. Patel recommends a well-balanced meal for breakfast even if the person washes it down with flavored water.

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