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Pineapple is Powerful! December 15, 2012

Posted by amministry in Health, Uncategorized.
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Pineapple is POWERFUL!

331253770_782de9f611_mSuper sweet and delicately delicious the pineapple is one of the most popular and prized fruit, and for good reason.

Did you know these pineapple benefits?

Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that is essential to the development of strong bones and connective tissues. Just one cup of the fresh juice has nearly 75% of the recommended daily value (DV) of this mineral.

Pineapples are high in vitamin C. In one US cup serving there is 131% DV of this vitamin. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C help the body resist infectious agents by boosting immunity and eliminating pro-inflammatory free-radicals. Viruses that cause cold and cough are annihilated with pineapple’s high vitamin C stores. It is said that sailors once used the pineapple fruit to protect against scurvy, a diseased linked to vitamin C deficiency.

A tasty and healthy alternative to certain low calorie diets would be to simply eat pineapple for a few days. There are only 50 calories in 100 g of fruit. Its flesh contains no overt fat making it an excellent choice for those following a low fat lifestyle, such as the 80/10/10 diet.

Pineapple is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber and therefore indicated in cases of mild constipation. “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.”—Natural News.

Fasting on the fresh fruit and/or juice is used to treat intestinal parasites such as tapeworms and a pineapple fast of 3-10 days may be used to cleanse and detoxify the lungs.

Due to their high content of bromelain (an enzyme that breaks down protein), pineapples are often used as a digestive aid.  The bromelain in pineapples also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas thereby assisting digestion. Bromelain is also said to contain anti-inflammatory properties and purportedly can be used to treat arthritis and other painful joint ailments and swelling.

Compounds in pineapples, such as beta-carotene, are purported to prevent macular degeneration, the main cause of vision loss in the elderly.  Regular consumption of the fruit is said to reduce the risk of the disease by as much as 36%.

Our weeks supply (3 people)

Our 1 week supply (3 people)

The pineapple in the jungles of Peru is simply amazing. We purchase at least 12-15 pineapples each week and always get through them. We put them in smoothies, in juices, eat them fresh and even put them in baked goods. They replace eggs and oil, much like applesauce, in many baked vegan recipes. There are many juice and smoothie recipes online that include this remarkable fruit. Here are a few.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not meant to treat, cure or prevent disease. The views expressed here are those of  the author and do not replace proper medical advice.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

http://www.naturalnews.com/025746_pineapple_fruit_Bromelain.html

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Pineapple Recipes December 1, 2012

Posted by amministry in Recipes.
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Image by Barefeet In the Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Barefeet In the Kitchen

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups  fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 inch piece of ginger or 1 tsp juice (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice or non-dairy milk

Directions: Blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy

Image by Back to her Roots

Photo courtesy of Back to Her Roots

Piña Colada Ice Cream or Sorbet

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pineapple (plus extra chunks of fresh pineapple)

1  cup canned coconut milk or flesh from a young Thai coconut

1/8 cup fresh lime juice

1/4-1/2 cup coconut sugar or 1-2 really ripe bananas

Directions:

In a blender blend the fresh pineapple, lime, coconut, and banana or sugar to a smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the contents of the blender into an ice cream maker and switch it on until it is ready, it takes around 25 minutes. At around 20 minutes, just before the ice cream is ready add chunks of fresh pineapple. If a firmer consistency is desired put into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Serve with sprinkles of desiccated coconut, fresh pineapple chunks or a slice of lime as pictured here.

Note: This recipe can serve as a raw or cooked recipe and it is relatively low fat. It can also be made without the use of an ice cream maker. Simply blend all the ingredients and place the mixture into the freezer until it hardens.