It's more than a delicious tropical-fruit treat.
It offers exciting health benefits that can help improve many people’s quality of life.
Researchers are just beginning to study this super-fruits nutrition, but the outlook so far suggests this abundant fruit delivers many healthy pluses to the average human body.
Jim Dole moved to Hawaii around 1900 to found the industry that still bears his name today.
However, they're mostly grown in Hawaii from one of several different types.
The most common is the Smooth Cayenne variety that is found in most supermarkets, however, there are other kinds that can grow up to twenty pounds.
Below are several reasons to stock up on fresh or even canned at your supermarket.
1. Overflows with Vitamin-C.
One cup, in chunk form, contains 131 percent of the daily value of Vitamin-C, which helps protect the body against viruses and builds strong skin defenses against infection.
Instead of drinking orange juice or grapefruit juice, or restricting yourself to these common rich sources of Vitamin-C, you can enjoy the juicy flavor of this tropical beverage to get your daily requirement of this important nutrient.
2. The health benefits are numerous.
This tasty treat is low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.
However, it has generous amounts of Vitamin-B6, thiamin, copper, manganese, and dietary fiber, along with trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
It's naturally sweet and filling, and that comes from the natural sugar it contains.
Because it's eaten without the skin (unlike apples, grapes or peaches, for example), consumers don’t have to worry about exposure to contaminants like pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
It's now being studied by researchers for an important enzyme mixture called “bromelain".
The compounds appear to reduce inflammation and a certain degree of swelling in conditions like sinusitis, sore throat and arthritic flare-ups.
It also contributes to fast recovery from surgical operations and wounds.
For maximum health benefits, the fruit should be eaten between meals rather than with, because it also contributes to the digestive process.
The canned variety may have less bromelain however, due to heated processing procedures that destroy some of the natural enzymes.
3. There are few negative aspects.
Although it's 94 percent carbohydrate content and must be carefully balanced in a low-carb diet, this fruit contains no other negative aspects that should concern those restricted to special diets.
The remaining 6% consists of 2% fats and 4% proteins, which are fairly negligible amounts.
4. It's filling.
Pineapple’s fullness rating factor is at 3.3 (on a 5.0 scale).
So those who are looking for a sweet snack, can fill up and consume relatively few calories compared to high-sugar or high-fat foods such as potato chips or bread.
Dieters can keep a bowl of pineapple rings or chunks in the refrigerator for easy snacking between meals or to supplement a light meal.
It's high-water content also helps make people feel full.
5. The cost is affordable.
Unlike expensive imports or seasonal fruits, pineapple is available year-round, generally fresh in the supermarket’s produce section, and almost always in the canned fruit aisle in small or medium-size containers.
It can be found in jars, too.
It's not unusual to find sale prices for this item, but on average, for a couple bucks, you can enjoy a ready-to-eat treat, that can be prepared in seconds by removing the skin of fresh fruit or opening the canned or frozen variety.
6. It's easy to serve.
You can pop open a pull-tab can and pour the rings or chunks into a serving bowl for immediate consumption.
We love it this way!
Crushed in the can is ready for cooking purposes and requires no mixing or added preparation.
It can be purchased in light or heavy syrup, depending on the buyer’s taste, or it can be found packed in its own juice for a healthier alternative.
It's also available in the form of frozen juice or by itself.
7. Kids love it.
Because it is a finger food and easy to eat, not to mention sweet and accessible, this super fruit makes a great school lunch addition or after-school treat.
Unlike apples and oranges that must be peeled, a pop-open can of this fruit is ready for the kids when they want it.
Chunks and rings can be stored in plastic baggies for eating later, as well.
This delicious staple goes with just about any meal, any time of day.
It can be eaten alone or as part of a larger meal, like breakfast cereal with milk and pineapple on the side.
It can be packed for lunches or snacks for children and adults.
People can eat it with their fingers or with a fork from a baggie or a bowl.
It’s not too filling, and it's easy to digest.
Eaten canned or frozen, it promotes a simple clean-up.
9. The recipes abound.
To promote the health benefits without making it sound like medicine, add it to a variety of foods for new and unusual tastes.
In addition to serving it alone or as part of a healthy meal, this fruit makes a great addition to recipe specialties such as pizza, pork, salads, and many vegetables.
For example, use toothpicks to skewer pineapple chunks soaked in brown sugar and its own juice to a holiday ham.
Or try the fruit cooked with a pork roast.
In fact, Marilyn absolutely loves grilling pineapple rings on the BBQ!
I like to add them to the BBQ near the end of what I'm grilling.
Turn the grill to medium-high, to high (you want those wonderful grill marks) and grill for just a couple of minutes, letting the grill marks show and to caramelize the juices.
It's getting to the point that we have this accompaniment with virtually every grilling session now.
It's really that good!!
It can also be added to apple sauce for a unique taste and texture.
Crushed pineapple is great for sauces and sundaes, along with special stews.
10. Dieters love it.
Because it's inexpensive, easy to find and prepare, tastes good, and is low in calories, people who are trying to maintain or lose weight often fill up on it between meals.
Eating pineapple while on a diet, especially when paired with interesting items like walnuts, low-cal whipped cream, and rice dishes, can remove the stigma of dieting because it helps to manage food cravings by delivering a sugar punch and a fiber fill-up.
Instead of reaching for a candy bar or chips when hungry, a simple serving will satisfy the taste buds and stomach without adding guilt afterward.
In a society that thrives on processed foods and those that are high in fat or salt, the health benefits make it a singular choice for dieters, light eaters, picky eaters or snackers.
Most anyone will enjoy the juicy, sweet, low-calorie taste of this easy-to-eat fruit.
Some may prefer the juice to the actual pulp, but it's important to compare calorie and nutritional content of both forms, as these can vary somewhat from the liquid to the substance.
With so many reasons to indulge, why not add this tropical delight to your shopping list, today.
Soooo, if you don't know how to add more of this super fruit to your diet, may we suggest...
Enjoy this drink for an amazing taste of the tropics.
1 large pineapple
8 oz. strawberries, hulled
1/2 liter tropical fruit juice
Cut the top off the pineapple and keep to one side.
Cut the center out of the pineapple and chop the flesh.
Put in a bowl.
Chop all the other fruit and add to the bowl.
Add the juice.
Using a blender puree the fruit until smooth.
Pour into the pineapple and then glasses to serve.
We're sure you'll enjoy!
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