Pineapple: the ultimate superfood. Sweet, sharp, tangy and bursting at the core with goodness; this fruit is the tropical taste of summer.
Versatile and delicious with almost anything: an invigorating morning juice, an exotic fruit salad, topped over the creamiest of yoghurts or paired beautifully with meats in rice dishes, stir fries and barbecue skewers.
Not just a treat for your taste buds, pineapple comes with a pretty impressive CV, and more than its fair share of nutritional benefits.
Positively overflowing with vitamin C and antioxidants, pineapple does a remarkable job of boosting the immune system, protecting the body against viruses and building skin defences against infection. Studies also show that eating pineapple regularly can help prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancers, arthritis and even the common cold: eating a pineapple is a juicy way to keep your health in tip top condition.
Boasting potent anti-inflammatory properties, pineapple is effective in preventing arthritic inflammation, sinusitis and catarrh. It’s also a fantastic remedy for bronchitis, gout, sore throat, and general swellings.
It doesn’t stop there: strengthening bones, maintaining healthy gums, regulating blood pressure, boosting eye health, aiding digestion, relieving nausea and boosting skin and hair with every bite - the benefits of pineapple aren’t to be sniffed at.
Who knew healthy could taste this good?
Before you make haste to the tinned food aisle, consider this: it’s actually more affordable and really easy to buy fresh. With a sharp knife, (or this handy pineapple corer) it’s simple to cut up pineapples at home.
For maximum taste, pick pineapples that are heavy for their size; bright and uniform in colour and feature dark green leaves and a firm shell. Keep your eyes peeled for leakage, mold, cracks and brown, withered leaves - all signs that fruit is past its best.
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