Sweet, juicy and so refreshing, pineapple is definitely one of my favourite summer fruits! Great in a smoothie (or cocktail), grilled on the BBQ, frozen into ice blocks or simple enjoyed by itself, Pineapples provide more than a sweet treat!
The following is a list of the many benefits a serve (100g) of pineapple can provide to you!
IMMUNITY – 100g of pineapple contains half of your RDI for vitamin C! Vitamin C is well known for its immunity fighting properties due to being an antioxidant that fights cell damage and invading pathogens! Additionally vitamin C helps fight against problems such as heart disease and joint pain!
BONE STRENGTH - 100g of pineapple contains nearly 75 percent of your RDI for manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, which can in turn prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women!.
DIGESTION - Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy! Though, unique to pineapple, it also contains significant amounts of the enzyme, bromelain, which breaks down protein, possibly aiding digestion even further!
REDUCE SINUS INFLAMMATION - Pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose! So if your cold has you all mucusy or you have allergies which cause regular sinus mucus- try some pineapple chunks.
The thing I love about food is that there are endless possibilities of ways you can use it, some which can make the food more tolerable, some which can increase the nutritional properties and some which don’t even require eating! Here are some of my favourite uses for pineapple:
Grilled on the BBQ with some coconut oil/butter
Chucked into a smoothie for sweetness
Frozen into ice block sticks!
Frozen into chunks and blended with coconut cream to make icecream!
I must admit I am one of those people who when told “less is more” ignores that advice COMPLETELY and will instead use half the product in the first use or drench my whole meal with the “SUPERFOOD”. I think that especially in regards to products and foods that are deemed “healthy” for you, people are more likely to consume/use extra in the hope that it will make them SUPER HEALTHY, SUPER QUICK! Though I have come to realise that sometimes having too much of a good thing can actually to more harm than good! It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health, therefore, it is better to eat a diet with variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health! Some of the not so happy side effects that can occur if you overdo it are:
Because of the bromelain in pineapple, eating too much can result in tenderness of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and cheeks!
Because of the high amount of vitamin C that pineapples contain, consuming large quantities may induce diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or heart burn!
Additionally, extremely high amounts of bromelain can cause skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Bromelain can also interact with some medications, including, antibiotics, anticoagulants, blood thinners, anticonvulsants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, insomnia drugs and tricyclic antidepressants.
Eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice is toxic to humans and can lead to severe diarrhoea and vomiting. Eating a great deal of pineapple cores can also cause fibre balls to form in the digestive tract! OUCH!
400ml tin coconut cream
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 pineapple sliced into 1cm slices, cored
In a mixing bowl, mix together the coconut cream, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Divide the mixture into four glasses or ramekins and cover with glad wrap and pop into the fridge to set for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Just before serving the chia pudding, melt some butter in a fry pan, add the pineapples slices and cook until browned, then flip and brown on the other side. Once browned, remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
Once cooled, top each chia cup with some caramelised pineapple! YUM!