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It’s pineapple season in Costa Rica, which means we have an ample supply of pineapples right now. Two stores around here have small pineapples for a dollar each! I purchased five this week. We still have two left. DELICIOUS! I highly recommend buying a pineapple or two if you like them. These have been good and they are very good for you!

Pineapple is unique with a wonderful vitamin profile and supplies us with the unusual substance called bromelain. Bromelain may help control excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and certain types of tumor growth. Pineapple is considered a super food because of its high vitamin content. The World Healthiest foods website also notes that it could be especially important in working against macular degeneration:

…it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight than vegetables. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

In this study, which involved over 110,000 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants’ consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARMD, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease.

So if you see pineapple in your area, pick one up! If you don’t like pineapple, grab any fruit that you do like.

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Posted: October 4, 2017

7 Comments »

  1. Pineapple is SO good. If only they came in a sugar free variety.

    Comment by Leo — October 4, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

  2. I agree, Leo. Whenever I give in and buy it, I eat way too much.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 4, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

  3. As fruit goes, it’s not that high in sugar. A whole cup is considered a serving. That’s plenty for me!

    Comment by Maria — October 4, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

  4. 74 cals in a cup of fresh pineapple and 21.6 gms carbs. Also found this statement.

    “While pineapple isn’t likely to lower your blood sugar, it isn’t likely to cause large spikes in your blood sugar either.”

    Dare I say it’s okay to indulge on occasion? Better than ice cream, right?

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 4, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

  5. Yes, it is. Most fruits actually contain a compound or enzyme that keeps blood sugar from spiking. I think the exception is strawberries, but I’d have to look it up. It has so many important nutrients, it is definitely worth the indulgence!

    Comment by Maria — October 4, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

  6. Yes, I know about strawberries. I try to have cheese or some protein when I eat them. My problem is low blood sugar, so I can’t gobble up strawberries as I’d like to.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 4, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

  7. I usually eat my fruit with cottage cheese, so it helps level out the blood sugar spikes. Love fresh pineapple, but it doesn’t love me. More than a couple of bites and my mouth gets sore and the skin peels off the inside of my cheeks (sorry,TMI?). Oddly, the canned variety or pineapple juice doesn’t cause the same reaction. Margaret — NOTHING is better than ice cream ;>) except maybe chocolate ice cream.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — October 5, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

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