Pineapples – So Good for You! – Who Knew!

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The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of
individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each
scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.
No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness.
Choose your pineapple by smell.If it smells fresh, tropical and
sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the
taste.

After you cut off the top, you can plant it.
It should grow much like a sweet potato will. 

For FUN – Let your kids to grow their own during the winter,                                                   then stick it in the flower bed for the summer.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers
many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor,
but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.
If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple
is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of
intestinal worms.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to
development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will
give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to
become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value.
Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is
known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more
efficiently.
Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily
is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It
also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany , bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication
because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold
because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this
vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce
mucous in the throat.If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your
diet.
It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut
mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus
problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low
risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This
makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who
may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice.
it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the
morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages
plaque growth.

Posters note: We just returned from a tropical vacation at an ocean side resort – my sister typically has trouble with her knees at sea level. Just as I was going to pack those last few items for the trip, I was coming down our stairs loaded with toiletries etc you pack up just before you close the suitcase – I missed seeing the cat laying on the stairs. I ended up twisting my knee quite badly . We had fresh pineapple everyday! We noticed our knees didn’t hurt and were both quite surprised. Now I understand.

 

 

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