Health Benefits of Pineapple
The health benefits of Pineapple are numerous and assist greatly in our continuing fight against the “old” enemy.
Pineapples are one of the world’s most loved tropical fruits second only to bananas, yet their versatility and nutritional value definitely make them a contender for the crown. Pineapples–named for their appearance mimicking that of a pine cone are actually a grouping of small fruitlets that coalesce around the core giving the appearance of one solid fruit.
Pineapples have many redeeming health qualities on top of their flavor. The ingredient Bromelain aids in protein digestion, reduces inflammation, reduces excess coagulation of blood, and has also shown promise in the reduction of the growth of some tumors.
The abundance of Vitamin C and its’ anti-oxidative qualities list among the many health benefits of pineapple. From the reduction of plaque that can attribute to atherosclerosis, to aiding in combating factors contributing to diabetic heart disease, sinusitis, arthritis, blood pressure and gout–pineapples bring sweet solutions to the fight in many diseases.
Other known benefits of pineapple have been noted in those who suffer from asthma, macular degeneration, and also reduction in factors causing colon cell damage that may lead to cancer.
To gain optimal effectiveness from pineapple nutrients, it should be eaten between meals and without accompaniment, an ideal in between meal snack and a great way to maximize the many benefits of pineapple.
Vital Pineapple Nutrients
- Vitamin C
- Vitamins B1 and B6
- Dietary Fiber
Healthy Food Tips for Pineapple
Pineapples stop ripening as they are picked. Therefore when shopping select the most ripened fruit you can find in order to get the most out of the health benefits of pineapple.
They will have the most anti-oxidant qualities when they are fully ripe.
They should smell fresh and sweet and not sour or fermenting. The flesh should be free of dark spots and the stalk should be firm and green and not overly wilted.
Due to the ability of the Bromelain in pineapples to break down protein–pineapple juice makes a great meat marinade and tenderizer. Place some fresh cut pineapple in a blender and strain or squeeze in cheesecloth. You can use the pulp for a heartier marinade or save and add to other recipes or use in deserts such as gelatin or ice creams. Just remember freezing pineapple will reduce its flavor!
Pineapple Mango Salsa
- 2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple
- 1 ½ cups finely diced fresh mango
- 1 Lime
- 1 small Red onion (approx. ½ cup) finely diced
- 1 medium Jalapeño pepper extra finely diced(deveined/deseeded)
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
Take approximately ½ cup of the pineapple and mango and add to a mixing bowl. Use the back of a large spoon to mash the fruit to render the juices and add body to the salsa. Add the remaining fruit and toss.
Add the red onion, Jalapeño pepper, and cilantro.
Roll the lime with your palms on your counter to bring out its juiciness. Before slicing, zest the lime and add the zest to the mixture. Next slice the lime and add the juices.
Toss all ingredients and allow to chill in the refrigerator for an hour to allow flavors to blend.
Great to serve with tortilla chips but is also great to serve over chicken and grilled fish such as salmon or mahi-mahi.
A really tasty way to gain the health benefits of Pineapple
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