Did you know that due to its seemingly exotic qualities and rareness, the pineapple soon became a symbol of hospitality in early America. Because trade routes between America and the Caribbean Islands were often slow and perilous, it was considered a significant achievement from a host to procure a ripe pineapple for guests. So when you visit hotels and see the pineapple, now you know why. If you are anything like me, I have always enjoyed a nice juicy pineapple slice, but admittingly, was a bit intimidated by the look of it, and cutting it on my own was not an option. But since we opened BOL, I have become somewhat of a pro at cutting a pineapple and am no longer daunted by its exterior. As we strive to have not only fresh, but nutritious fruit and toppings, pineapples are no exception.
So now that we know a little history about the pineapple and why we see them all over stores and hotels, let's delve into the health benefits of the pineapple.
Helps Support Your Immune System: The Vitamin C found in pineapples is an antioxidant that fights cell damage. If you feel a cold coming on, it is suggested to eat pineapple to assist in the buildup phlegm and mucus.
Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease: The high levels of potassium are associated with a reduced risk of stroke and helps protect against the loss of muscle mass.
Supports Bone Health: Pineapples contain Manganese in them which is a mineral essential for strong bones.
Supports Healthy Digestion: Due to the fiber and water content, pineapples promote a regular and healthy digestive tract.
There are so many more healthy benefits than these, but these are all reason enough to add pineapple to your fruit regiment or add some on to your next acai bowl. Gone are the days of feeling intimated by this amazing and cool fruit. Yes, cool. Just put a pair of sunglasses on your pineapple, and suddenly you feel like you should give it a name. Once you watch the videos below, you will know how to properly pick out a perfectly ripe pineapple, cut it, and enjoy all the benefits that lie beneath its spiky exterior. Sources: Pineapple: Unlocking 10 Ways It Improves Your Well-being - Facty Health HOW TO CUT A PINEAPPLE | Clean & Delicious - YouTube 5 Ways To Tell if a Pineapple Is Ripe (allrecipes.com)