Pineapple

Pineapple

     The first written record of the word Pineapple in English was in 1398 and it was used to refer to a pine cone. It comes from the Spanish word for pine cone, “piña.”  The more eyes on a Pineapple the sweeter it will be.   Pineapple can take over two years to grow to reach full size but are usually picked before they are full size and each plant only produces one Pineapple.  Pineapple is not, strictly speaking, a fruit. Rather it is 100-200 fruitlets all fused together! You can regrow a pineapple plant by twisting the crown off a store-bought pineapple, allowing it to dry for 2-3 days, and then planting it.  

1) Healthy Bones: – Pineapple are popular for their ability to build and maintain strong bones due to the great source of Manganese. Manganese in Pineapple is also responsible for healthy bone formation and healing wounds.

2) Digestive System: – anti-inflammatory properties
Undigested proteins in the digestive system can form compounds that are absorbed into the bloodstream, creating allergic reactions and stimulating an inflammation response.  Undigested proteins are also involved in forming uric acid crystals that cause gout and other forms of joint pain.   It’s very important to make sure you’re digesting the protein in your meals properly, particularly if you’re regularly eating large amounts of low-quality protein, like burgers or meat-based processed foods.  Generally, it’s not a good idea to eat too much fruit after a heavy meal as it can interfere with digestion.  Because pineapple contains a unique protein-digesting enzyme called Bromelain, it is used commercially as a meat tenderizer.
The enzyme, Bromelain, is an anti-inflammatory property that helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles within it and clean blood by removing debris and toxins from the blood stream. The anti-inflammatory properties benefit our internal organs and work to neutralize fluids to ensure that they are not too acidic. It also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion.
The most Bromelain is found in the core of the pineapple so make sure that you eat that part too.  Cutting the pineapple up in smaller triangular pieces makes this easier to eat.

3) Immune System: – Increasing your daily intake of antioxidants is also great for boosting your immune system. Pineapple is also a rich source in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, provides an ample supply of vitamin C too, a commonly known antioxidant that protects the body from cell damage and boosts the immune system.

4) Joint Pain: – Due to pineapple’s anti-inflammatory properties it can alleviate the oncoming signs of arthritis. Eating a big chunk of pineapple every day, will help keep joint pain away from the body.

5) Cough and Colds (Antioxidant protection) – Since pineapple are rich in vitamin C, it can fight off viruses that cause cough and colds. Even when you are already infected, Bromelain, is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus.

6) Heart Disease: – Pineapple is also known to prevent blood clot formation because of its Bromelain content. It is also helpful for people who are suffering from High Blood pressure which leads to heart attacks. Pineapple contains sodium and potassium which will help in heart problems.

7) Stomach Problems: – Pineapple is high in fiber content which helps in easy bowel movement.

8) Dental Problems: – Pineapple is good for your gums due to its high vitamin C content. Vitamin C increases the body’s ability to fight invading bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease.

9) Cancer Prevention – This review of the current scientific literature relates Bromelain to even extend to treating cancer with the enzyme extensively studied as a therapeutic anti-cancer agent for various forms of the disease, especially breast cancer and colon cancer.

10) Skin Care: –  Your body’s main water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C is on the front line of defending your cells against dangerous free radicals that can lead to cellular damage and potentially cancerous changes.  The collagen that glues your skin cells together is particularly reliant on adequate levels of vitamin C in your diet.  Pineapple contains enzymes that make skin elastic, improving skin hydration, and remove damaged and dead cells, achieve a clear and glowing complexion. The enzymes in pineapples also fight free-radical damage and can reduce age spots and fine lines.

Along with above health benefits pineapples are also beneficial for people who are suffering from acidity, removing intestinal worms, relieves sore throats and bronchitis, protect against age-related eye problems, prevent muscle cramps and soreness, promotes proper kidney functioning and regulate blood sugar.

Sources:
http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/health-benefits-of-pineapple
http://www.mediherbsolution.com/pineapple-health-benefits/
http://www.kingoffruit.com.au/fun-pineapple-facts.html

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Tropical Pineapple Mango Salsa

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author:
Erin Indahl-Fink
Recipe type:Appetizer

Cuisine:American

Fresh, healthy flavors of the tropics are paired with peppers and onions for the most amazing sweet, crunchy salsa! Perfect for topping fish or chicken, and great for eating with chips!
Ingredients
  • 2 c. fresh pineapple, cut into small pieces
  • 1 fresh mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 c. mandarin oranges, rinsed and cut into pieces
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ c. red onion, chopped
  • juice and zest of lime
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • chopped cilantro (about ¼ c.)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the pineapple, mango, pepper, oranges, onions and stir to incorporate. Add the lime juice, zest, vinegar and chopped cilantro and toss. Enjoy right away.
  2. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week.