Health Benefits of Pineapple

PBC Blog General 2 (15)Pineapples are on sale!  This sweet refreshing fruit is probably on sale at your local grocery store and if not it will probably be on sale soon.  So it is a great time to learn about the health benefits of this festive fruit, but there are some things you want to be aware of.

Benefits

Pineapples are a low-calorie fruit but they pack a hard punch with Vitamin C.  In fact, pineapple has about 79 mg of vitamin C per cup – which is more than orange.  Vitamin C is well known for being a safe and super helpful nutrient.  It will not cure your cold but it can protect you against other things.  According to WebMD , their team of doctor and researchers, benefits include:

Protection against immune system deficiencies cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Buyer Beware

There are some risks to consuming too much pineapple.  Yes, there can be too much of a good thing – like… nausea, heartburn, diarrhea… you know the tune.  And this can have you reaching for that pink bottle.  Live Science does a great job of sharing risks, and even more health information on pineapple.

Picking a Pineapple

So what is the best way to pick a pineapple?  I feel like pineapples, cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydew, and other similar fruits with thick skins/rinds are difficult to select.  However, Organic Facts has taken some of the guesswork out.

The ripeness and freshness of a pineapple can be determined by the smell if its base (no matter how green the crown is). Pick a pineapple, the base of which smells sweet, just like pineapple juice. A fragrance-free pineapple is either harvested too early or is not sweet as it should be.

Recipes

For a fresh take on pineapple check out these unique plant-based pineapple recipes.

Also, Mr. Macka B wrote a song, or rather rap, about it. Want to hear it?

 

Photo by Carlota Trillo on Unsplash

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A Poem: So Sick & Tired!

For those who have or had toxic family, friends or people in their lives…


PBC Blog General 2 (13).pngSo Sick & Tired!

by Cortney of Peaces by Cortney

 

My mother always said, “no one has to tell you what to do when you are sick and tired.”

She is right and I got sick and tired.

Sick of them acting one way here and another there.

Then have another change of heart as if they colored their hair,

Who are you now? Your heart has been dyed black.

No, we can’t go back to the way things were.

Your toxic fumes and furry have overtaken my system.

No longer can I inhale your exhaust of lies, drama, and deceit.

It makes me sick and I am tired.

Today is the day and I am the one.

No longer, no more, for I am done.


Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash