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Benefits of Pineapple

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Benefits of Pineapple

 

The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, the modern fruit having been developed by native people from an almost inedible wild species. The most significant nutritional elements of pineapple are high quantities of vitamin C, manganese and the enzyme bromelain. We’ve researched and collected a significant amount of information about pineapple health benefits and presented them on this page!

 

1.Anti-Inflammatory – Different parts of the plant have the above traditional uses for a variety of ailments and their effectiveness could be due to the enzyme bromelain, which is extracted from the plant stems (and also present in the juice in small amounts). It is sold as a digestive enzyme to break down proteins and is used medicinally for a diverse range of conditions from hay fever to burns. It’s primary property is anti-inflammatory. [1]

  1. Arthritis Benefits – Bromelain from pineapple, when combined with trypsin and rutin could be helpful in reducing inflammation and knee pain for osteoarthritis sufferers, with possible effects on rheumatoid arthritis as well, although the evidence is scant for the latter. Note that while there is some bromelain in the fruit, it is much more abundant in the inedible stalk. However, bromelain is available in supplement form. [1] Please do not take supplements of bromelain without having someone look over all the medications you are taking along with other supplements.

 

  1. Bone Health – Manganese is one of the important elements needed for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones, helping to prevent loss of bone density and diseases such as osteoporosis that can lead to a higher risk of fractures. [2] 100g of pineapple contains 44% of the RDA of manganese. [1]

 

  1. Kidney Benefits – Pineapple is a safe fruit for people suffering from chronic kidney disease due to its low potassium content (180mg per cup of chopped fresh fruit). It can provide good nutrition for anyone with a chronic condition. [3]

 

  1. Anti-Parasite Pineapple has been used since old times in the Philippines as a traditional medicine against parasitic diseases. [4]

 

  1. Anti-Cancer – Foods containing bromelain have been linked to chemopreventive action, for example in correlation with colorectal cancer cells. Extract from the plant stems also shows antitumor activity. Vitamin C is also known to strengthen the body against developing cancer. [5][6]

 

  1. Digestive Aid – Bromelain is an enzyme that has been used for centuries as a digestive aid owing to its ability to digest proteins. Some people do not make enough digestive enzymes naturally and benefit from enzyme supplementation.

 

  1. Boosts Immune System – Pineapple is very high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is well known to stimulate the immune system, supporting anti-bacterial and anti-viral action – it can be found in a natural form in pineapple (58% of the recommended daily amount in a 100g serving!). [10]

 

  1. Anti-Blood Clots – There is some evidence that bromelain may help keep platelets in the blood from sticking together, which in turn may help prevent blood clots. If this is the case, it may also promote bleeding in some people and hence might be avoided by people prone to prolonged bleeding.

 

  1. Sinusitis Recovery – Some studies have indicated that bromelain from pineapple may help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis and speed recovery time.

 

  1. Assists E. Coli and Bowel Diseases – Some animal studies have indicated that bromelain may help treat diarrhea related to E. coli infections and reduce inflammation in intestines of people with inflammatory bowel disease. [11]

 

  1. Sore Throat & Infection Remedy – The plant has been used for many years in traditional remedies as a diuretic, to quicken labor, for sore throats, seasickness and venereal disease. Native people in Panama use the leaf juice as a purgative, emmenagogue (stimulates menstruation) and to treat intestinal worms.

 

  1. Fluid Retention – The roots have been used to treat edema (fluid retention) in Africa and the rind extract for both fractures and hemorrhoids! Scientific research is limited so the evidence is mainly experiential for many of these indications – hopefully the research will begin to investigate more of these potential uses! [12][4]

 

Pineapple and the environment: Waste material from pineapple growing has traditional use as a fiber for string and textile making. New research shows that it could be used to produce cellulose nanocrystals, which have many possible applications in the production of a highly sustainable and renewable manufacturing material, potentially able to replace some fossil fuel derived plastics! [13][14] Unfortunately, it’s not all good news – some aspects of pineapple production are causing alarm, especially from the heavy use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Organic pineapples are highly desirable but harder to find as the majority of the large-scale pineapple industry runs on industrialized monoculture. [15]

 

The Wikipedia page for Bromelain [7] states regarding bromelain “No peer-reviewed research shows any efficacy against tumors”. This is to a certain extent misleading – as although the human research has not been done, there have been numerous scientific papers reporting on anti-cancer effects of bromelain in cell and animal studies: For example a 2012 study in the peer-reviewed Journal Of Medicinal Food “Bromelain-induced apoptosis in GI-101A breast cancer cells” [8], and a 2013 study in the peer-reviewed Cancer Investigation “Anticancer property of bromelain with therapeutic potential in malignant peritoneal mesothelioma” [9]

 

Safety Note – People with anemia should limit their pineapple intake as manganese can inhibit iron absorption.

 

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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps

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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps – juicy seasoned and grilled chicken topped with tart pineapple, and tangy teriyaki sauce all wrapped in soft pita bread. A perfect quick and tasty summertime dish!

Author: Tiffany

Recipe type: Main Dish

Cuisine: American / Asian

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thickness
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 sliced pineapple rings (or 1 cup chopped pineapple)
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce (my favorite store-bought brand is Kikkoman, or use the recipe below!)
  • 4 pita wraps
  • optional: sesame seeds, lettuce, mayo, tomatoes

homemade teriyaki sauce

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Season chicken breasts with garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Grill for 5-8 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Assemble wraps by placing a grilled chicken breast, onions, pineapple, and any other desired toppings on each pita. Top with teriyaki sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro if desired. Serve immediately.
  3. For the homemade teriyaki sauce whisk all ingredients together in a small sauce pan. Stir constantly while bringing to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl to serve.

NOTES

*Homemade teriyaki sauce adapted from Add a Pinch

 

 

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Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

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Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

 

Pineapple and mango are favorite fruits around the world for good reason, and they blend together perfectly in this recipe. The kick of ginger adds a hint of warmth and spice while also providing a myriad of health benefits such as aiding in digestion and assimilation and helping to prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.

 

Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans. You can learn more about ginger’s health benefits here.

 

As with all fruit smoothies, it is not advisable to have more than one per week.

 

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or a snack. It’s a crowd pleaser so you might want to make enough to share with your friends and family, or consider serving it up at your next brunch gathering!

 

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)

2 cups chopped mango (fresh or frozen)

1 inch piece peeled ginger

1 cup water or coconut water

6 ice cubes (only if you use fresh fruit)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except ice in a blender. If you are using frozen fruit, you may need 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth.
  2. If you used fresh fruit rather than frozen, add ice and blend again.
  3. Sip and enjoy!

 

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Apple Ambrosia

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Betty’s Apple Ambrosia

 

You might remember ambrosia with the sugars and mini marshmallows.  Here is a much better version for you.

 

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice with lots of pulp, or more as needed

3 ripe, sweet apples, such as Red Delicious

One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

1/2 cup frozen grated coconut, thawed

1/4 cup sugar

 

Pour the orange juice into a medium bowl. Peel and core the apples, and then grate them into the orange juice using the large-hole side of the grater. Add the pineapple, coconut and sugar. Mix well, adding more orange juice if the mixture is not juicy enough. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The apples will continue to absorb juice, and orange juice can be added as needed to keep it as juicy as you like.

 

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Pineapple

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What You Need To Know About Pineapples: From Killing Cancer-Causing Free Radicals to Helping You Breathe Easier

 

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What You Need To Know About Pineapples: From Killing Cancer-Causing Free Radicals to Helping You Breathe Easier

 

The pineapple is one tropical treat you don’t want to bypass in the grocery store. The nutritional benefits of pineapple are fascinating – they’re an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, as well as copper, vitamin B1 and B6, folate, pantothenic acid and fibre.

 

Okay, so back to pineapples. Here are some of the many benefits pineapple has to offer. I picked the top 10 that I think are most important, but really, this fruit offers a bounty of minerals, vitamins and crucial phytonutrients that keep our body healthy, happy and strong!

 

  1. Effective Anti-Inflammatory

 

One of the most important benefits of pineapple are its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains an enzyme called bromelain that reduces CD4+T lymphocytes, which are the primary effectors involved in causing inflammation in the body. So if you want to try and get rid of pain related to your arthritis, gout, or want to speed wound healing, eat some pineapple!

 

  1. Defends Against Free Radical Damage

 

Rich in vitamin C (one of the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant), pineapple effectively defends against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. Neutralizing free radicals will help lower the risk of disease in the body, as well as lower your cancer risk.

 

 

  1. Improves Heart Health

 

Bromelain is an anticoagulant, which means that it allows blood to flow more freely throughout the circulatory system. Blood that can better flow through the vessels, capillaries and veins will reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and other circulatory and heart-related problems.

 

  1. Reduces Asthmatic Symptoms

 

High vitamin C levels in pineapple and the subsequent free radical protection it provides protects against the airway spasms that normally lead to asthma attacks. Pineapple is also highly anti-inflammatory, which means that it relaxes the airways and reduces the risk of asthma attacks.

 

  1. Destroys Cancer

 

As seen above, pineapple protects against free radical damage, and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. These two methods alone greatly reduce the risk of developing cancer. The cancer-zapping proteins in pineapple (otherwise known as bromelain) literally eat away tumours. Any basic search in PubMed with pineapple and cancer in the same search will show up hundreds of different articles.

 

  1. Phosphorous Assists in Healthy Bone Formation

 

Pineapples are one fruit that are particularly high in the mineral phosphorous. Phosphorous is required by the body for bone and teeth formation. Calcium alone cannot build strong bones and tissues. Just 1 cup of pineapple contains over 13 mg of phosphorous.

 

  1. High in Manganese for Skin and Bone Health

 

Manganese is a vitamin our body cannot produce on its own. This is why we must consume manganese-rich foods, such as pineapple. Manganese helps with bone formation, wound healing, and maintains healthy, glowing skin. Not to mention, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels and strengthens the immune system!

 

  1. Powerful Digestive Aid

 

Naturally rich in fibre and protein-digesting enzymes, pineapple works wonders for the stomach and intestinal tract. Bromelain helps your digestive system break down and absorb proteins from the foods you eat – it also helps to relieve stomach aches, heartburn and diarrhea.

 

  1. Perfect Alternative To Cough Syrup

 

Pineapple juice is one of the best alternatives to cough syrup if you can’t seem to beat a chronic cough (or if you simply don’t want to drink the poisonous chemical cocktail that is cough syrup). The enzyme bromelain possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties that help fight infections and kill bacteria. If you want to kill your cough, drink some pineapple juice and stir in a little honey while you’re at it.

 

  1. Promotes Healthy Gums

 

Due to its high vitamin C content, pineapples work wonders for your oral health, too! Vitamin C helps reduce your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease, plus it helps improve defences in the body to help fight invading bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease.

 

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Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple

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Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple

 

Ingredients

 

3 sheets phyllo dough (or 12 store bought phyllo cups)

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple, canned or fresh

1/4 cup raspberry yogurt

Small block chocolate, for garnish

Special equipment: 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, mini muffin tin

 

Directions

 

Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and press them into the mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

 

Meanwhile, combine the mascarpone, pineapple, and raspberry yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the phyllo cups. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate onto the top of the mascarpone mixture and serve.

 

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Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

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Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Ingredients

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 whole garlic cloves

1 lemon, juiced

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 fresh pineapple

16 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, sugar, garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Heat an outdoor grill or a grill pan. Cut each chicken thigh into 2 pieces. Peel the pineapple and cut it into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Alternating between the chicken and pineapple, thread the pieces onto the skewers. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Remove the garlic cloves from the barbecue sauce and discard; put about half the sauce into a small bowl for later. Brush skewers with some of the sauce. Cook them on the grill, basting regularly with the barbecue sauce, until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with reserved barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.

Thank you to Sue Siewert for sending this in.