Spiny on the outside, sweet on the inside, pineapples are one fantastic fruit. The fruit is made of many individual berries that fuse together expressly around a central core. Each scale is an individual berry/flowerets that grow and weaves together to form the beautiful golden fruit we call a pineapple.
The bromeliad family of plants very rarely produce edible fruit – with the exception of pineapple, that is. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today!
- Immune system support
Pineapple contains half of the daily recommended value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.
- Bone strength
It may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue.
- Eye health
Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains. Get Cellgevity to support your vitamin C needs
Like many other fruits and vegetables, it contains dietary fibre, which is essential in keeping your intestines healthy. Unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Blood clot reduction
Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes it a good snack for those at risk for blood clots.
- Common cold and sinus inflammation
In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus on a long term.
Possible health risks of pineapple
Because pineapple is a great meat tenderizer, eating too much can result in the tenderness of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and cheeks. But, this should resolve itself within a few hours. If it does not, or if you experience a rash, hives or breathing difficulties, you should seek medical help immediately. You could have an allergy.
Also, because of the high amount of vitamin C contained, consuming large quantities may induce diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and heartburn. Therefore, one shouldn’t consume more than the Recommended Dietary Intake for vitamin C.
Here’s a recipe to enjoy your pineapple in a new way.
Pineapple fried rice, made with chunks of fresh pineapple, veggies served in pineapple shell.
- Pineapple cubed – 1 cup
- Rice – 2 cup
- Ginger – 1 inch
- Carrot – 1
- Jalapeno pepper – 1
- Green peas – 1/4 cup
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Pepper powder – 2 tsp
- Soy Sauce – 1 tsp
- Maggi tastemaker – few drops
- Cashew -6
- Raisins – handful
- Extra Firm tofu cubed – 1 cup
- Coconut milk – 1/4 cup
- Butter – 1 tbsp
- Soak the rice for 15 mins, wash and rinse.
- Cook rice with 4 cups water and 1/4 cup coconut milk and allow it to cool completely
- Heat pan, add oil and fry cubed *tofu and keep it aside.
- Heat pan with butter, fry cashew, raisins, pineapple and keep it aside.
- Heat pan, add oil fry minced ginger, finely chopped carrot, de-seeded jalapeno and green peas
- Add turmeric powder, pepper powder, soy sauce and Maggi tastemaker
- Add cooked rice and mix well.
- Add fried tofu and mix.
- Garnish with fried cashew, raisins and pineapple.
*tofu – A protein-rich food coagulated from an extract of soybeans and used in salads and various cooked foods.
The above recipe was adapted from soundspicy