National Healthy Snack Month, Day 9 – Grilled Pineapple
Grilled pineapple is easy to make an somehow makes the pineapple taste better. We posted our grilled pineapple recipe so you have it to try.
Pineapple is a delicious tropical fruit primarily grown in Hawaii. It has been enjoyed for centuries not only for its taste but also for its amazing health benefits. I think the one health benefit most people associate with pineapple is its ability to act as a digestive aid. But it so good for so much more.
These also include boosting the immune system, improving respiratory health, strengthening bones, reducing inflammation, curing coughs and colds, and weight loss. This is because pineapples are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamin, vitamin B6, and folate, and bromelain, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber.
Pineapples are also known for their ability to reduce inflammation, particularly in the joints making it useful for people with arthritis. This is due to a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain contained in pineapple, which is associated with breaking down complex proteins and has strong anti-inflammatory effects.
This tropical fruit also has several health benefits you wouldn’t expect. Pineapples have astringent properties, which strengthen gums and teeth. These astringent agents also help tighten up tissues and tone the body so that tooth loss, hair loss, muscle weakness and skin loosening are reduced.
Another important health benefit is the ability of pineapple to improve eye health and prevent other age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
I don’t get into detailed scientific papers on the various health benefits of foods we have been presenting for national healthy snack month. I don’t think that should really be necessary. If you have been following along, I think you too will see the common thread through all of them. Most all whole, natural foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other nutrients that fight disease and help us maintain good health. That is why we started national healthy snack month… to ease us over into diets that have more natural whole foods and less processed foods.
To feeling good!