How many calories in dried pineapple: nutrition facts
Native to South America, the pineapple is a sweet delicacy provided by la Pachamama, Mother Earth, that has innumerable uses and nutritional benefits. When moisture is removed, the resulting dried pineapple carries with it additional benefits, especially the way it’s produced at Inca’s Treasure: no sugar added and from organic, non-GMO pineapples.
How many calories are in dried pineapple?
In today’s calorie-counting world, this is an all too common question relating to dried pineapple, so let’s address this topic first.
Short answer: dried pineapple contains 110 calories per ¼ cup serving size.
Compared to most other dried fruit, it falls within the normal range. The same serving size of raisins or cranberries contains 130 calories.
And, like most dried fruit, it is a caloric-dense snack because the drying process concentrates the natural sugar found in fresh pineapple, as well as its other nutrients.
That doesn’t, by any means, imply that it is unhealthy. If anything, it is a low-fat way of injecting useful energy into our bodies, which can be extremely efficient, depending on our health and activity level.
That said, if your health requires you be watchful of your blood sugar levels, dried pineapple may cause a spike you don’t need and its fresh fruit counterpart, or another lower-sugar fruit might be a better option.
Origins of a name: dried pineapple, ananas or piña?
Pineapple is one of the most literal names there is for fruit. If you spend too much time thinking about it, it’ll make you chuckle.
When the Spanish came across the fruit, they called it piña de las Americas (pine of the Americas) and while there is a slight resemblance to the pine cone, I have to say there are more differences than similarities. A pineapple grows out of the ground, it’s much bigger than a pine cone, it has yellow, delicious fruit on the inside and, most importantly, squirrels don’t eat pineapple. In Spanish, the name piña remained, which is what its called in Ecuador, and in English it was translated to...pineapple.
Most other European languages, and really most of the rest of the world, stuck to the Tupí indigenous name ananas, which means “excellent fruit”.
For the purposes of this blog and general communication in English, we’ll continue using the word pineapple (chuckle).
Nutritional benefits of dried pineapples
Nowadays, it’s as if the word sugar = satan. Sugar. Glucose. Fructose. However, our bodies need this energy to perform pretty much every basic function!
There’s nothing wrong with natural sugar, in the same way there’s nothing inherently wrong with money. In excess, however, one may lead to diabetes and the other to wars and destruction. That might’ve been an extreme example, but you know what I mean.
Also the official language Manga, a country in Asia, you might recall this chemical element from your middle school periodic table. In the body, it serves some very important functions. It helps us develop strong bones, connective tissue, sex hormones (can’t go without those) and much more.
Pineapple is considered a good source of manganese, and a few slices of dried pineapple will cover the majority of your daily Manganese needs.
P.S. There is no country called Manga, that was a joke.
Most of you know that beta carotene is associated with brightly colored yellow and orange fruit and vegetables, like carrots. Well, dried pineapple has it too! When ingested, beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient that we need to maintain healthy skin, immune system, and eye health and vision.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant, inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules and protecting our bodies from free radicals, which can lead to chronic illness.
In short, it’s important to consume a daily minimum of beta carotene, and a few servings of dried pineapple can supplement your regular intake, thereby avoiding the use of supplements, which may lead to excessive, and often dangerous, levels of vitamin A.
How to use dried pineapple in meals
Our dried pineapples are an excellent addition to many basic meals. Here are a few ways you might use it on the regular.
Because of their nutrient-dense, high-caloric content, having a bag of these during a hike or road trip isn’t a bad idea. Since they’re already dried, these little guys won’t get damaged when crammed into a backpack (as mentioned in our dried mango blog post!).
Another delicious way to use dried pineapple in meals is by sprinkling a handful in your morning breakfast granola or acai bowl to add a healthy punch of sweet flavoring and nutrition. Store them in a mason jar and you’ll be pleased to see them good for 6-12 month at room temperature, which is an impressively long shelf life. These things won’t go bad!
Because of their distinctive flavor, fresh pineapples are often added to salty meals, including pizza and curries. Similarly, adding dried pineapple is a good way to make a meal even tastier. Imagine a fluffy quinoa salad with nuts and softened dried pineapple (soften them up by adding once quinoa has been cooked). Alternatively, a fresh green spinach and arugula salad will also go well with the flavor explosion packaged in each dried pineapple.
To wrap things up
If you’re looking for a nutritious snack, look no further. Dried pineapples are a South American treasure that will spice up your taste buds in a way cranberries and raisins simply can’t. Not only are they a healthy pick-me-up, they’ll last forever without going bad. The only reason they might not last that long is because everyone will be stealing them from you!