Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pineapple Plus

A good buddy of mine sent me an email recently on some healthy food choices and pineapple surprised us both by the multitudes of nutritional value it offers.  Here are a few benefits from the tropical delight;

* High in manganese which is important to your bone development and connective tissue
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*Greatly aids in breaking down protein - bromelain is the proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple
*Helps the body digest proteins more efficiently
*Anti-inflammatory value - known to help with painful joints common to osteoarthritis
*High in Vitamin C and aids in speeding up recovery to the common cold - pineappple has the ability to reduce inflammation/mucus in your body.

Pineapple Fun Facts;
--The name pineapple came from European explorers who thought the fruit looked like a pinecone.
--One third of the world's pineapple comes from Hawaii
--It takes two years for a pineapple plant to produce