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June 21, 2007

Pucker Up

By Sara
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SMART FUEL

Pineapple!

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What it is:

Neither a pine nor an apple, the pineapple is actually a fusion of many “fruitlets”. The pineapple is special for many reasons, but for the science nerds, this is one of the only bromeliad fruits humans eat. A bromeliad can be either an epiphyte (rootless, chillin’ in the air) or a regular old terrestrial, such as the pineapple. (At long last, tropical biology in the Costa Rican mud pays off…gems, I tell you.)

Why it’s smart to nosh:

Pineapple is the only food which contains natural bromelain, a group of enzymes that aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Bromelain is great for those with muscle and joint injuries, arthritis, gout and other inflammation issues. You do have to eat the pineapple fresh, however – cooking deactivates the bromelain (so much for feeling hopeful about the Carl’s Jr. Hawaiian burger ads).

Pineapple is a rich source of manganese, an important mineral. Among many important roles as a cofactor, manganese helps superoxide dismutase do its free-radical-bustin’ job.

Pineapple is loaded with antioxidant vitamin C, too!

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Pineapple nutrition information

How to cut a pineapple

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[…] Mark’s Daily Apple writes that pineapple is the only food with natural bromelain (an enzyme group that aids digestion, reduces inflammation and swelling, and speeds healing). These enzymes are helpful for muscle and joint injuries, gout, and  arthritis. Note: Cooking pineapple deactivates the bromelain. […]

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[…] is the best source of bromelain, an enzyme that can help with joint health and inflammation. Some folks are intolerant or allergic […]

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[…] 5. Pineapple – Pineapple is the only food with natural bromelain (an enzyme group that aids digestion, reduces inflammation and swelling, and speeds healing). These enzymes are helpful for muscle and joint injuries, gout, and arthritis. Note: Cooking pineapple deactivates the bromelain. (Ref: Mark’s Daily Apple) […]

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[…] Laurel’s Seafood Stew RecipePineapple Packed with Vitamin C & ManganeseMark’s Daily Apple writes that pineapple is the only food with natural bromelain (an enzyme group that aids digestion, […]

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[…] is the best source of bromelain, an enzyme that can help with joint health and inflammation. Some folks are intolerant or allergic […]

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[…] – Pineapple is the best source of bromeliad, an enzyme that can help with joint health and inflammation. Some folks are intolerant or allergic […]

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