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Super-foods and Natures Antibiotics: Pineapple
Pineapple is a sweet, juicy tropical fruit with a unique taste and shape belonging to the Bromeliaceae family. They are thick and spiny on the outside and super sweet on the inside. Originally known as “ananas” and later taking on the name Pineapple being similar in shape to a pine cone. The Pineapple is native to Paraguay and Brazil and now cultivated in Brazil, Costa Rica and the Philippines. Pineapple season is typically March through June.
Pineapples are considered a unique fruit and an affluent source of protein because they contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. Pineapples are a sweet fruit high in sugar that is balanced out by all the fiber, so your glucose levels don’t spike when consuming this exotic deliciousness. The fiber promotes a healthy digestive system and protects you against various conditions such as constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) while stimulating the release of digestive and gastric juices that help dissolve food in your digestive tract.
Pineapples are one of my favorite superfoods, I use them in smoothies, I make ice pops out of them, eat them by themselves, and the bonus is that they are a packed full of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, beta-carotene (the beautiful skin vitamin), thiamin, B6, folate, copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium along with soluble and insoluble fiber.
Pineapples are well known for their ability to stop a coughing attack, clear out the sinuses by reducing phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract and this is due to their high bromelain (unique enzyme) and high Vitamin C content (131 percent of RDA). The core is where the highest bromelain content is stored, you can juice the core or blend it in a high powered blender (add to a smoothie), it should stop coughing immediately. It also helps break down protein into a much simpler substance, in turn, providing phytonutrients in the form of amino acids and peptides that are needed for digestion. Fresh pineapple is the only known source of the enzyme bromelain, which has been used to stimulate menstruation, prevent and alleviate inflammation (arthritis, tendonitis), indigestion, harmful bacteria, bruising, to inhibit tumor growth due to its anti-cancer and antiparasitic compounds.
The Vitamin-C, potassium and fiber content in pineapple promote and support a healthy heart. Intake of potassium-rich foods has been associated with lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke while preserving bone density and reduction in kidney stone formation. Diets high in Beta-carotene have been linked to a reduced risk of forming Asthma, protection against prostate and colon cancer and of course beautiful skin.
Pineapples should be picked at peak ripeness; they do not continue to ripen once they are picked like many other fruits. Store the whole pineapple or sliced pieces in the refrigerator. Choose a pineapple with green leaves at the top, with a firm body that smells sweet on the outside, the heavier the better, preferably with no soft spots.
Benefits Improves respiratory health Aids in the treatment of coughs and colds Promotes a healthy digestive system Promotes healthy immune system Helps manage arthritis Strengthens gums Cancer prevention Fights off the growth of parasites Reduce inflammation Improves immune system Prevent Cancer Increases circulation Increase heart health Fight off Infection
Precautions when consuming pineapple If you are on any medication check the side effects, Beta-blockers most often prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. High potassium foods should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.
Bromelain in pineapples helps with digestion by tenderizing meat in our gut, this means if we eat too much pineapple it can start to tenderize our mouth, lips, tongue and cheeks, so if your mouth is tender cut back on your consumption.
Pineapple is high in natural sugar so it should be eaten in moderation like all other foods containing sugar.
Pregnant women should eat in moderation, especially in the first trimester since bromelain has been linked to stimulating menstruation.
Pineapple In The Kitchen
Tropical Salsa Chop into small pieces Pineapples, mango, jalapeno, red peppers and chipotle pepper Mix together and store in a glass container Top fish tacos, freshly cooked salmon Add to a nice green salad, great way to avoid using dressing
Frozen pineapple delight Place a BPA free can of organic coconut milk in a refrigerator overnight
Open can and scoop the hard-white cream off the top of can and place in blender (save the clear liquid for smoothies)
Add frozen organic pineapple chunks (any combination of fruit will do)
Add tablespoon, raw honey, if desired
Blend until smooth
Place in freezer for up to an hour (consistency will thicken)
Scoop into two serving bowls and top with small crystallized ginger pieces
Fresh Sliced Pineapple Chunks
Store in a glass food container for snacks
Slice USDA organic chicken or Grass fed steak into chunks (whole shrimp with “best Choice” label only)
Slice Red onion, tricolored peppers into chunks
Marinate in a glass container for a few hours or overnight (great marinade recipe in fermented foods section)
Before grilling slice pineapple into chunks
On wooden skewers slide one of each item on until skewer is almost full
Place on grill turning until fully cooked
Combine pineapple, walnuts or pecans, goat or feta (grass fed)
You can add cooked chicken chunks
Lettuce of choice
Citrus dressing or balsamic vinaigrette
Tropical Fruit Salad
Cut up any combination of tropical fruit
pineapple, mango, papaya, strawberries, dragon fruit, start fruit, oranges, majhool dates
Put in a glass bowel and top with Organic unsweetened shredded coconut
Kira’s Pineapple Madness!
- Canned coconut milk
- put can in the fridge overnight, open and separate the thick white cream off the top, save for homemade whipped cream. Use the clear liquid on the bottom for a smoothie.
- Coconut Meat (if desired)
- Bee Pollen (for extra energy boost)
- Fresh pineapple
- Ginger to taste
- Tablespoon of Raw honey
- Blend with Ice if desired
- *Makes yummy popsicles
Organic Chick peas (1 can worth, use fresh cooked or BPA free canned)
Frozen organic green peas
1lb large shrimp, peeled and cooked (only buy shrimp with the blue “Best Choice” label on it)
1 ¼ cup chopped pineapple
½ bell pepper chopped tiny
¼ cup fresh basil leaves chopped
Favorite hot sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Himalayan sea salt
Juice from half a lime
Mix first 6 ingredients into a large bowl
Sprinkle paprika evenly over top, stir
Squeeze juice of lime over mixture and stir
Add coconut oil last
Then Hot sauce if desired
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