LET'S TALK ABOUT PINEAPPLE!
Pineapple is one of the tastiest and most appreciated summer fruits for its thirst-quenching, drained and low-calorie qualities. It was discovered and brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus after his trip to Guadalupe
Its narrow, elongated leaves are deep green and are used to make ropes and fabrics. Being a tropical fruit, the pineapple plant suffers from the cold but can also adapt well to our homes, giving an exotic touch to the environment.
The fruit is produced from a single flower about every eighteen months; it is surrounded and protected by a hard rind while inside there is a pulpy, sweet and slightly acidic heart. Contains many vitamins and minerals, is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps fight cellulite and water retention. Very good to eat natural, or in juices and centrifuged, excellent for salads and hot dishes. Pineapple is in fact, very versatile, it is used in the kitchen for various recipes both savory and sweet, thanks to its particular exotic taste, but above all very healthy.
WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF THE PINEAPPLE?
- It contains bromelain , an enzyme found both in the fruit and in the stem, where it is contained in larger quantities. The stem extract is used for anti-inflammatory and digestive purposes, but also for aesthetic purposes, as it is considered useful for fighting cellulite, fighting fluid retention and decreasing tissue inflammation.
- Bromelain also has a digestive and anti-edematous effect . However, it is strongly contraindicated for patients with ulcer, liver or kidney problems or with blood clotting disorders.
- The low calorie content (as regards the fresh fruit, about 40 percent grams) and the high intake of water and fiber makes it a recommended ingredient in diets. However, pineapple is also a good source of vitamins , including vitamin A and C and of elements such as iron and potassium, calcium and magnesium. Bromelain is destroyed by cooking, so its beneficial virtues, when it comes to the enzyme from the fruit, refer only to fresh pineapple.
- It reduces pain and helps wound healing by acting as an anticoagulant . This is thanks to the content of bromelain, phenolic compounds and vitamin C, all effective anti-inflammatories.
- Pineapple in the form of compresses or lotions helps treat acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.