I know we tend to say, do not feed your sugar gliders with pineapple. Why? Firstly, the one thing about pineapple after we eat a few pieces if that our tongue will have this sandpaper feeling. Then it is acidic, beneficial coz acidic fruits are normally high in Vitamin C. Now that’s a plus factor for pineapples. But people generally do not understand that good things in small amounts is good for you.
The pineapple has a protein-digesting enzymes (called cysteine proteinases). This enzyme helps in digestion, very good for clearig the gut. It also helps in digesting fur and the hard exo-skeleton of insects that they sometimes ingest. Pineapple and papaya has this enzyme and that’s why when we want to, say, tenderize meat naturally, we extract some of the juices and marinade the meat in it. For papaya, it is normally found in young green papaya. I personally love the taste of the sweet juicy exotic pineapple than the bland funny tasting crunchy young green papaya. So I bet gliders prefer the ripe sweet pineapple than the bland tasting unripe green papaya. Studies have shown that when people are given pineapple after a meal, their digestion improves greatly.
Then it also has bromeline, which helps in reducing inflammation and swelling, which is why it is an important supplement for people who are suffering from joint problems. Even Dr Jenny advices feeding pineapple when a glider is suffering from digestion problems, joint problems. It helps.
Because of the high Vitamin C it has, it is a great antioxidant protection and immune support fruit. This is vital because it defends the body from free radicals and studies show that health improves greatly when antioxidant fruits are introduced to a diet.
One of the benefits of pineapple is that it helps to build healthy bones. Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for your body to build bone and connective tissues. Just one cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of manganese. The benefits of pineapple can effect the growth of bones in young people and the strengthening of bones in older people.
Pineapple is an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. For example, the key oxidative enzyme superoxide dismutase, which disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria (the energy production factories within our cells), requires manganese. In addition to manganese, pineapple is a good source of thiamin, a B vitamin that acts as a cofactor in enzymatic reactions central to energy production. It also protect against Macular Degeneration.
How about the calcium and phosphorus ratio? It can vary depending on the variety of pineapple, but on average, it is 1:1. So follow up with a fruit that is rich in calcium to avoid too much calcium lost.
This is why my GliderSLURP! flavour, Tropical Pick has pineapple included, just a bit is added to give that benefial enzyme for digestion and antioxidants. Just Google for Pineapple benefits to know more. I suggest if possible, we should let our gliders have a little pineapple once a week, be it fresh, frozen or in juice form but I generally say fresh is the best.