Freshly Baked Science

That's One Fine-Apple

15th June 2018

We love pineapples enough as it is, but pink pineapples?? Now that is an aesthetic… imagine the Instagram posts you could get with that?!

 

In normal pineapples, there is an enzyme (a protein which allows a chemical reaction to take place) which turns a pink pigment, called lycopene, into a yellow pigment called beta-carotene. Lycopene is the same pigment which causes tomatoes to be red and watermelons and grapefruits to be pink!

 

It took over 12 years to genetically engineer pineapples to produce less of the pigment-converting enzymes, to stop the pink turning yellow! If the pretty pink colour wasn’t enough, the lycopene also makes the fruit even sweeter!

 

The benefits don’t just stop at being very aesthetically pleasing and even tastier than before, lycopene also has many health benefits, including:

 

1. Immunity

 

Lycopene can kick-start your immune system, protecting you from nasty bacterial infections!

 

2. Eye health

 

The leading cause of blindness is called ‘macular degeneration’, but lycopene can prevent this!

 

3. Fertility

 

Eating lots of lycopene can help to improve male fertility short term!

 

4. Luscious hair

 

Lycopene can stimulate a healthy scalp which helps hair grow quicker!

 

5. Anti-ageing

 

Lycopene is converted to retinol in the body which promotes skin elasticity and skin condition!

 

These are just a few of lycopene’s benefits, but we don’t need any more convincing… we’ve already got a pink pineapple party planned! Pink pina coladas all round, please!

Are there any fruits which you would like to see in a different colour? If so, what would you like to see? Tweet us @magazinewonk with the hashtag #rainbowfruit

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