Pineapple Pointers for Better Health


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Did you know? Pineapples are high in manganese, a mineral that is critical for strong bones and connective tissue. This helps slow the process of bone loss. You need to regularly ingest at least one-half cup of fresh pineapple daily to experience all of those benefits. 

Pineapples also contain an enzyme called Bromelain, which has many additional health benefits. For example, Bromelain is a digestive aid, specifically known for its ability to help the body digest proteins. This enzyme also:
  • Works as an anti-inflammatory, reducing pain in osteoarthritic joints
  • Reduces mucous in the head, throat and chest during a cold as well as sinus and allergy flare-ups
Another known health benefit of pineapple is its ability to discourage blood-clot formation, making it a key ingredient if you are at risk for blood clots. (Be sure to check with your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner, like Coumadin/Warfarin.)

Equipped with these helpful factoids, you’re probably wondering how to select a pineapple ripe for eating. The next time you’re in the grocery store, choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it should be a good fruit. Also, the more scales a pineapple has, the sweeter and juicier it will likely taste.

Recipe Starter
Pineapple Salsa
Use this free recipe idea as a quick, easy way to incorporate pineapple into your daily diet.

Ingredients

· 1 cup very finely chopped fresh pineapple
· 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
· 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
· 4-ounce can chopped mild green chilies
· 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, or to taste
· 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (or more) to taste
· 1 to 2 scallions, very thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small serving container, and stir together.
  2. Let stand for 20 minutes to allow flavors to marry.

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