Sometimes the best food is the one you do nothing to.  The one that stays in its whole, raw state.  The one that is so delicious all on it’s own.  Pineapple is one of those amazing foods.

I just spent 9 fabulous days in Hawaii, where I indulged in this tropical, sticky, sweet-and-sour fruit every morning.  It was so fantastic to be able to wake up to this fresh and delicious treat, especially since it was grown locally there and seemed to match the island’s sunny disposition.  I felt great by starting my day with pineapple, so I decided to look further into it’s health benefits.  Did you know that pineapple:

  • Contains bromelain, an enzyme which helps in the digestion of protein.  Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can assist in the treatment of conditions such as acute sinusitis, sort throat, arthritis, and gout.
  • Is high in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and aids in protection against free radicals, which are substances that attack healthy cells.  Basically, antioxidants are the “good guys” which help prevent such diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, and even asthma.
  • Has a high manganese and thiamin (Vitamin B1) content – both essential for energy production.

Pineapple is best consumed alone between meals.  This allows the bromelain to have optimal effect.

I also learned while seeing pineapple growing that it takes 2 years to grow ONE pineapple!  How’s that for being an awesome fruit?

So, on a hot summer day (like today!), start your day off right with some yellow juicy pineapple for breakfast or a snack.  You’ll do your body (and taste buds) good, and you don’t even have to know how to turn on the oven.

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