Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~Pineapple Vodka

27 Feb

“Be creative while inventing ideas, but be disciplined while implementing them.”

― Amit Kalantri

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I love fresh pineapple, but not so fond of all the work involved in cutting and trimming, not to mention all the waste. I also heard that fresh pineapple was better than cough medicine for helping a bad cough. It’s loaded with vitamin C, helps digestion, loaded with fiber, may reduce allergy symptoms, and much more.

Well, pineapples were on sale, so I bought two. I wasn’t sure how to cut it up efficiently, so I asked some friends at the senior center who bring fresh pineapples for the pot luck every Monday how they cut them. Once I cut off the bottom and the four sides, the center portion and thick core was intact. But, so much waste.

Light bulb moment… that inedible core still has a lot of flavor, so I could use it to infuse flavor into water or juice. Better yet, I could infuse it in some vodka. Then, there would be very little waste. Brilliant…and delicious.

I had enough delicious fresh pineapple for several days, and now I have a couple of mason jars with pineapple vodka. This will be yummy with orange juice on the rocks.

Here are some pineapple facts…but remember…too much of anything is not a good thing.

Nutrition facts

Here are the nutrition facts for raw pineapple, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the National Labeling and Education Act:

Serving size: 1 cup chunks (165 g)

Amount per Serving (%DV*)

*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Calories 82

Calories from Fat 0

Amt per Serving

%DV*

Total Fat 0g

0%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 2mg

0%

Potassium 120mg

3%

Total Carbohydrate 15g

5%

  Dietary Fiber 2g

8%

   Sugars 11g

 

Protein 1g

Vitamin A

2%

Vitamin C

131%

Calcium

2%

Iron

2%

The nutritional profile for canned pineapple is different from raw pineapple. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, canned pineapple in light syrup has 131 calories per cup and 31.88 grams of sugar. It also contains fewer vitamins and minerals. If you do opt for canned pineapple, try to get it with no added sugar or look for a variety that is canned in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Health benefits

Immune system support

Pineapple contains all of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.

Bone strength

Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. 

Eye health

“Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said. 

Digestion

Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.

Anti-Inflammatory benefits

“Due to a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the core of the pineapple, well known as bromelain, pineapples can help reduce severe inflammation … and can reduce tumor growth,” Flores said. A variety of studies have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, though more research is needed. 

Excessive inflammation is often associated with cancer, and according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been shown to increase the survival rates of animals with various tumors. There is not yet, however, clinical evidence to show that such results will happen in humans. 

Blood clot reduction

Flores noted that because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.

Common cold and sinus inflammation

In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus.

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