It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a SUPERFOOD!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve perused the web for info about incorporating more healthy foods into your diet. Throughout your searches, you’ve probably come across the term “superfood” more than once. Over the past few years, this term has become quite popular.
Today I’m going to discuss one of my favorite superfoods, the mighty pineapple. After this post, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me that this is one healthy food you need to increase in your diet.
5 Reasons You Need to Eat More Pineapple
The more I research about this humble tropical fruit, the more I’m amazed at its health benefits. Here are just 5 that I’d like to share with you.
1. It Has One of the Highest Rates of Vitamin C
This super fruit has 131% of your daily value of Vitamin C. That’s more than oranges and just about any food out there! Vitamin C can help boost your immune system to protect you from seasonal illnesses like cold and flu. According to holistic physician Dr. Mercola, Vitamin C helps synthesize collagen, which keeps skin looking healthy, young, and vibrant.
When I feel a cold coming on in the winter, this is my go to tropical green smoothie from Averie Cooks that is loaded with Vitamin C.
2. Pineapple Contains Bromelain Which Aids Digestion
Bromelain helps break down proteins so that they’re more easily digestible. That’s why eating this tart fruit for dessert is such a good idea.
Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory characteristics, bromelain is fantastic for joint pain.
This past winter, I started getting a bit of knee and lower back pain. I decided to increase the amount of pineapple I ate and discovered that the pain decreased by about 50%.
Another yummy smoothie that I found on the Food Matters website that helps with inflammation is this pineapple & turmeric anti-inflammatory smoothie. Give it a try for a couple of weeks and I bet you will notice I difference in your join pain.
3. It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, this super fruit contains a high amount of potassium which lowers blood pressure. Unfortunately, only about 2% of the population is getting enough. Adding some super fruit to your diet is an easy, natural way to stay heart healthy.
4. Pineapple’s Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes May Prevent Cancer
Bromelain is not only good for digestion; it may also reduce cancer risk. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are also helpful in reducing the likelihood of cancer.
5. It Is Packed With Healthy Fiber
Fiber makes you feel full, so you won’t eat as many calories in a day. Hello, weight loss! Additionally, fiber helps prevent colon cancer.
Crowding Out the Bad Foods with the Good
There are a lot of people out there who think that you need to make humongous dietary changes overnight. Can you really go from eating fast food three times a day to being a raw food vegan in one day? I’m sorry people—that’s just not going to happen.
The transition to a healthier diet is going to take time if you want to see lasting results. One of my favorite healthy eating tips is from that of raw food and superfood guru David Wolfe: crowd out the bad with the good.
Start adding more greens, more pineapple, and other superfood to your diet each day. Eventually, you will feel so amazing that you won’t want as much processed foods anymore.
In fact, you’ll go from craving a cheeseburger and fries to craving David Wolfe’s super delicious whipped pineapple pops.
I know, you are still thinking about cutting the darn pineapple and I get it. There are many hacks on the web for cutting pineapples, but this might be the best one I have ever found.
Make sure you have a sharp knife and you are good with a knife before you try this. :-)
If cutting a pineapple still seems like a big chore to you, then do what I do and get the frozen chunks from Costco.
Eating foods like this will make the transition to healthy foods a breeze for you and the entire family.
Are you a pineapple fan? What’s your favorite way to eat it? If you have recipes, I'd love for you to share them with the rest of us. And, if you have any other go-to superfoods that you like to eat regularly, let us know. Comment below or join the conversation on Facebook.