They say that good things come to those who wait. This is certainly the case when it comes to pineapples. Did you know that it takes two years for a pineapple plant to yield ONE fruit? But I can tell you right now, the wait is definitely worth it.
Don’t let the prickliness fool you
Though pineapples are hard and prickly on the outside, they are nothing but soft and sweet on the inside. Not only is this bright yellow fruit bursting with color and flavor, pineapples have much to offer your health. Dr. Mercola refers to pineapples as “The King of Fruits” and rightly so.
The main ingredient in pineapples is vitamin C, which is known for boosting your immune system and helping your body ward off viruses like the cold and flu. Vitamin C is also essential for increasing collagen production, which is needed for providing structural support to your skin, and giving it its strength and elasticity. Moreover, collagen helps support your other organs and tissues.
In addition to vitamin C, pineapples have a high content of manganese. As well, they contain folates, thiamin, biotin, riboflavin, vitamin A, and minerals like copper and potassium. Vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes and potassium helps you maintain a healthy heart rate and blood pressure.
A natural healer
While pineapple flesh has amazing health-enhancing properties, you may also benefit from drinking its juice. Pineapples are rich in bromelain, which is currently used to treat and reduce inflammation from tendinitis, sprains, strains, and other minor muscle injuries. It’s been suggested that drinking pineapple juice may help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis and other joint disorders. If you’re looking to minimize swelling or simply boost your overall health, pineapples are definitely the way to go.
You can’t beat homemade
You often hear people say, “There’s nothing like my mom’s cooking.” This pineapple salsa recipe can relate. It is great for providing you with some of the essential nutrients your body needs while satisfying your taste buds.
In addition, it is a much healthier alternative to your conventional salsa that comes out of a jar. The salsa you find at your local grocery store might be chock-full of flavour, but it comes at a high price. If you look closely at the ingredients you’ll find that one 430 mL jar of salsa contains 1500 mg of sodium, which is equivalent to your daily intake. Talk about a stroke waiting to happen.
To ensure you remain in good health, homemade cooking is usually the better option. This way, you’re able to know exactly what’s gone into your food and ultimately, what will end up in your body.
This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at theglowingfridge.com.
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Raw Vegan Pineapple Salsa
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: None
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, diced small (about 1/2 of a pineapple)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced small (about 1 cup)
- 1/3 red onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- juice from 1 lime
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 piece of a jalapeño, finely diced (optional)
- sea salt, to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
- Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days.
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