Pineapple

By: Bergen Stockstad

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Benefits and Nutrients

Benefits of Eating Pineapple:

Bromelain is an enzyme found in the juice and stem of pineapples. It has been used medically since ancient times to help reduce risks of inflammation, lessen hay fever symptoms, slow blood clotting, and it also enhances the absorbation of antibiotics.


Some nutrients found in pineapple are: Bromelain, Vitamin C, and pineapple also contains antioxidants that decrease inflammation, asthma, heart disease, arthritis, and certain cancers.

The History of Pineapple

The pineapple was believed to be discovered and grown first in Brazil, South America, and was later imported to Europe. The pineapple got its English name because of its resemblance to a pinecone. In European countries, it is called annas, which comes from the Paraguayan word nana meaning "exquisite fruit".

Fun Fact

Pineapples can be used to make jack o' lanterns!

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Pineapple Breeze Smoothie Recipe


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 light coconut milk
  • Crushed ice, to taste


Method:


Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth.


Nutritional Info:


Per Serving:120 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 1g protein

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