Pineapple is an ideal summer food. The light-yellow fruit gives the body a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes whose properties help digestion, reduce acid reflux and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin A, and beta-carotene – protect eyes from macular degeneration and prevents lung and oral cavity cancer.
Vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants – strengthens the immune system, destroys free radicals, fight colds, flu and viruses, keeps healthy gums and protect against periodontitis.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – converts carbohydrates into energy, strengthens muscles and aids proper function of the nervous system.
Phosphorus – strengthens bones and teeth, stopping the development of osteoporosis.
Potassium – regulates blood pressure and promotes the proper functioning of the kidneys.
Manganese – accelerates wound healing, maintains healthy skin, strengthens the immune system and stabilizes blood sugar levels in order to protect from diabetes and metabolic disorders.
In addition we give you a refreshing pineapple and watermelon salad recipe:
INGREDIENTS (Servings 6):
18 ounces watermelon, cut into bite-sized chunks
18 ounces pineapple, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 -2 tablespoon cilantro
6 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
fresh ground pepper
DIRECTIONS: Place all ingredients except pepper in a bowl and toss to mix. Add pepper to taste. Chill.
Recipe from: www.low-cholesterol.food.com