Pining for pineapple
By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach
Now you may already know this but I was interested to learn that pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core with each little fruit identifiable by a rough spiny "eye," on the surface of the skin - the bits that you have to dig a little deeper to cut out! The natural sugar in pineapple is greater at the base where it is sweeter and usually most tender.
Pineapple for inflammation and digestion
Pineapple is a delicious sweet tasting tropical fruit but, like so many fresh fruits, it also has some excellent health benefits. For those of us a decade or so beyond what can be called sprightly whose conversation invariably leads to the severity of our aches and pains, pineapple is worth cutting into and that's because it's an excellent source of the enzyme bromelain.
These days bromelain can be purchased as a natural supplement to reduce inflammation but pineapple is a much safer, more delicious way to go for improved health. It's not just anti-inflammatory benefits that pineapple can provide us with either. With so many health professionals attributing poor digestion to disease, we should consider the digestive benefits of bromelain in pineapple as well.
Best known for its protein digesting properties, scientists first believed bromelain in pineapple aided only the digestive tract however further studies suggest it goes way beyond helping your steak go down.
Therapeutic doses of bromelain may also help reduce tumour growth, excessive coagulation of the blood, and extreme inflammation. We don't know whether an average serve of fresh pineapple each day can claim the same health benefits as a supplement load since studies on the whole fruit are not available, but it may that it is equally beneficial and there's absolutely no risk in trying it to find out for yourself.
Pineapple for macular degeneration
Brightly coloured orange fruit and vegetables were once are considered the only essential foods to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, however research suggests that fruit intake was the most effective form of protection against this disease. Pineapple in smoothies, with fresh muesli and yoghurt at breakfast, as a mid-meal snack and even cooked into a savoury main meal in the evening can help towards the 3 serves fruit daily intake goal.
Pineapple for energy
There's a continual war being waged inside our bodies. It's a fight between the good nutrients and free radicals released in the system which threaten every organ. That sounds quite dramatic but it happens and goes undetected day by day. Within each of our body cells lie an energy production factory called the mitochondria which relies on certain trace minerals and micronutrients to perform. PIneapple contains the trace mineral manganese which protects the mitochondria from free radical attack. It is also a good source of thiamin, a B vitamin required in enzymatic reactions central to energy production.
That's a few good reasons to enjoy it beyond it's deliciousness, so what's stopping you !
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