Jan
21
2012

Ways Pineapple Keeps You Healthy

Eat a cup of fresh pineapple chunks, and you’ve given your body 73 percent of the manganese it needs for the day. That’s important for your bones because manganese, a trace mineral, is needed for your body to build bone and connective tissues. And a recent study found that a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and manganese resulted in significant improvement for people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee.

When you get the sniffles, you should consider pineapple juice. It has vitamin C and bromelain which helps suppress coughs and loosens the mucus that often accompanies colds. Studies have found bromelain is effective in treating upper respiratory conditions and acute sinusitis.

While most warts eventually go away on their own, try soaking a cotton ball with fresh pineapple juice and applying it to the wart.

Choosing a good pineapple can be a prickly process. Unlike some fruits, the color of the shell does not tell you how ripe it is. A pineapple with a green shell is as likely to be ripe as one with a shell that is golden yellow.

You can try sniffing the pineapple at the stem end or choosing one with fresh-looking green leaves and check the tag as well. If it says it has been jet-shipped, it’s more likely to be ripe. That’s because pineapples don’t get any riper or sweeter once they’re picked-they just get older. So the faster it gets to you, the better it will taste.

Once you bring your pineapple home, refrigerate it to keep it fresh.

Pineapple is ideal for many dishes, from pineapple upside-down cake to sweet and sour pork, but don’t use fresh pineapple in gelatin dishes. The enzyme bromelain prevents gelatin from setting properly. In fact, the amount of bromelain in foods is sometimes measured in GDUs-gelatin dissolving units.

Cooked or canned pineapple will work fine in gelatin dishes. But if you’re eating it for the health benefits, fresh is better.

Hawaii is the leading producers of pineapple but it probably orignated in South America in the area that is now Brazil and Paraguay. From there, it was transplanted to the Caribbean islands where it was discovered by Columbus in 1493.

Columbus took pineapples back to Europe, where its sweet flavor made it an instant royal favorite. The English called it pineapple because of its resemblance to a pinecone, but most other Europeans used the original Indian name “anana,” which meant “excellent fruit.”

It was almost two centuries before Europeans devised a way to grow pineapples in hothouses, so the fruit remained a rare and coveted treat. because it was such an honor to be served pineapple, the fruit eventually became a universal symbol of hospitality.

Nicetas

About the Author: Nicetas Juanillo

Writing makes me happy away from home. My website is where you can find my tips about lifestyle, health and other issues. I also have books on my site that you can read to know more

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