Pineapples- A Fiber and Vitamin C rich Fruit

The pineapple is native to Central and South America, where a symbolic representation of it’s from were found in pre-Incan ruins. However, now Hawaii is leading producer of this fruit. Hawaii has never seen its first pineapple until the late 1700s. For the centuries pineapple has been used to symbolize hospitality.

How to choose a fresh Pineapple?
While choosing a fresh pineapple one should not judge it from only its color. There are several varieties in the market which range from green to golden yellow. According to experts the most useful factor in determination is smell. We should allow our noise to choose the best pineapple for us. Ripe pineapples give off a sweet and fresh smell. We should avoid pineapples with unpleasant odor or have any soft spot or area of darkness. Always preserve pineapple at room temperature.

Health benefits
Pineapple provides digestive aid and is a natural anti inflammatory. Fresh pineapple is rich in brome lain, group of sulfur-containing proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes that not only aid digestion, but can effectively reduce inflammation and swelling, and has even been used experimentally as an anti-cancer agent. A variety of inflammatory agents are inhibited by the action of brome lain. In clinical human trails, brome lain has demonstrated significant anti inflammatory effects, reducing swelling in inflammatory conditions such as acute sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis and gout, and speeding recovery from injuries and surgery. For better results pineapple should be eaten alone between meals.
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