top 5: reasons to love pineapple16 August 2014
I have always loved pineapple. On pizza with mushrooms, tossed in with fried rice, in a fresh salsa over fish, in my morning green smoothie. You name it, it goes (although many still argue with the pizza combo…)! Pineapple has a wonderful tropical taste, and it had so many more uses than just making a really great pina colada.
Here, 5 reasons to love pineapple even more:
1. It’s a digestive aid: Pineapple contains bromelain, a digesting enzyme that helps in the breakdown of protein. These enzymes are most concentrated in the stems and core of the fruit and is taken as a dietary supplement. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory properties to help aid in the healing of soft tissue injuries and mild arthritis. Try: Grilled Corn, Pineapple and Peach Salsa
2. Antioxidant and immune system support: did you know that eating 1 cup of pineapple gives you 105% of your daily vitamin C requirements! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights off the free radicals that our bodies are constantly being bombarded with through sun, pollution and environment. Vitamin C also supports the function of a healthy immune system so that we can handle any nasty bugs we may encounter on our daily adventures through life. Try: Pineapple Coconut Water, or buy organic, cold-pressed pineapple juice like Cedar’s Pineapple Head sold at Health Hut
3. Beautiful skin: pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral we need in order to maintain our skin’s integrity. Manganese is a precursor for many important reactions in our bodies and provides protection from free radicals and UV damage to our skin (think anti-aging)! Due to its high vitamin c content, pineapple also helps in the formation of collagen, keeping our skin tight and wrinkle free. Try: Roasted Pineapple + Warm Spice Shake
4. Weight management: pineapple is a sweet, nutrient dense snack. Not only will it satisfy a sweet craving, but because it is not so high in sugar (considered medium on the GI scale) and it is full of fibre, pineapple won’t send your blood sugar soaring into the sky only to plummet back down in an hour. Try: Pineapple Oatmeal
5. Alkaline forming food: everyday we are exposed to inflammatory-inducing foods and stressors (environmental, emotional, physical) so that our bodies become more acidic. Acidity leads to chronic inflammation which is now considered by the medical community to be a precursor to many conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. By eating alkaline forming foods (such as pineapple) we are healing our bodies from within and reducing the damage that chronic inflammation can cause. It’s a win win! Try: Soba Noodles with Pineapple, Edamame and Avocado
Bonus: Not just good for our insides, pineapple has great external benefits as well! Try this DIY face mask recommended by Julie of Province Apothecary, mixed with her unreal exfoliator for soft, smooth and glowing skin!