I am often asked whether I only cook and feature ingredients that I like. For the most part, the answer is always yes, I do have to try and eat all the leftovers! However, pineapples are not one of my favorites. I typically shy away from eating pineapples in fruit salads or choosing pineapple dishes at restaurants, but for you my readers, and my sister, a pineapple enthusiast, this week I am all about the pineapple.
Did you know that pineapple are a symbol of hospitality? In my department at work, we give each new staff member a pineapple at the first staff meeting. (however, pineapples are certainly not the most fun item to carry home from work or take on the metro). Has anyone every used a pineapple as a sign of hospitality?
Four Facts about Pineapple Nutrition
- One cup of pineapple chunks has 100 percent of your daily need of Vitamin C.
- Vitamin C is associated with boosting your immune system by stimulating white blood cells to act against free radicals.
- Additionally, Vitamin C plays a role in building collagen and collagen is the essential protein base of blood vessel walls, skin and organs
- Bromelain is a substance found in the core of the pineapple they may help reduce inflammation and excessive blood coagulation. However, if you are on blood thinning medication, stay away from the pineapple core.