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Pineapple Core

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have never been a fruit fan, but have learned to enjoy the health benefits thanks to Chris Downie and his book "The Spark". After reading The Spark I changed the way I ate completely starting with adding fruit to my diet.

Pineapple contains vitamin C and B1, minerals such as manganese and enzymatic proteins. Bromelaine is proteolytic enzyme found in the stem and core of the pineapple responsible for increased digestion, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic activity. Can I get a woot woot?

Yes I will take all the help I can get if it means I won't have to take medication to be healthy. So pineapple in my smoothie or chicken will do just fine.

At just 40 calories a slice it is composed of fiber and water, both of which inhibit weight gain and are essential for weight loss.

I was about to throw the core in the compost when I read a number of great ideas for it. One of the Spark secrets was to put it inside a chicken when you cook it-clever!

You can also cut and freeze it then use it as an ice cube in your water or fruit beverages. I now I see the pineapple core in a different way!

What is your pineapple core secret?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1BEACHWALKER 4/18/2013 12:38AM

    emoticon I love pineapples!! In smoothies they are fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 4/17/2013 5:01PM

    I like to use pineapple in my smoothies. I had never really considered that you could actually USE the core for something....Love learning new things!!

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50SGRANNY 4/15/2013 2:42PM

    I love ALL fruit, especially pineapple; but I had never tried or even heard of these tips. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely put this information to use!
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KLONG8 4/15/2013 1:04AM

    I'm not a huge fan of pineapple but generally when I eat some I think, "not bad". I'm more of a berries and stone fruit girl! Hope you have a great week!

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BUTEAFULL 4/14/2013 1:41PM

    I love those ideas

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LIVINGFREE19 4/14/2013 11:05AM

    I LOVE pineapple and eat it fresh often!
I wish my MS pain would get better with all the great things I have been eating, guess I just have to resort to prescription medicine, bummer!

I hope you are having a great Sunday!

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TIME4COFFEE 4/14/2013 9:54AM

    emoticon Thanks for the helpful & healthy tips! emoticon

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BEEJAY49 4/11/2013 4:36PM

    Woot Woot! I never thought about the core before! Thanks for the info! :) Hugs!

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KLAD_COCKERS 4/11/2013 4:34PM

    I prefer canned pineapple, because the acidity of raw/fresh pineapple gives me a rash around my mouth.

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PAMBWS 4/11/2013 10:02AM

    Pineapple is one of my favourite fruits. Always has been.

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_LINDA 4/11/2013 2:05AM

    Thanks for the info, joining the crowd of people who have never made use of it -thanks for the great tips!!

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SASSISPRING 4/11/2013 1:21AM

    Where I live pineapple fresh is a luxury so I tend to have mine in cans. In Sparks one of the mothers always manages to find a pineapple fresh when it's "bring a snack to Sparks" day. The kids are go crazy for it, it really is most delicious. For me, it's better than chocolate. :)

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MELLY3183 4/11/2013 12:10AM

    you have a fancy core slicer...normally I just eat around it and it ends up going in the waste basket. Thanks for the info though. Love those vitamins!!

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SUGARBABY60 4/10/2013 9:14PM

    Yum!great ideas!

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LESSOFMOORE 4/10/2013 8:47PM

    Victoria, great info, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/10/2013 8:28PM

    I usually toss the core - but I love pineapple salsa with grilled chicken or fish - wonderful stuff!

(I'm great at getting fruit into my day, but not so good about the vegs.)

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/10/2013 8:02PM

    Oh, I didn't know that about the core of the pineapple, and what a great idea for it! I don't enjoy drinking water too much and maybe this is one way to make it more fun. Thanks! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 4/10/2013 7:19PM

    Oh dear, a day late. I sliced up a pineapple yesterday. Next time, I will rethink that core!!!

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LODESTONE 4/10/2013 4:04PM

    Very informative, Victoria! Thanks for passing the tip on. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/10/2013 2:40PM

    Thanks for the information .I did not know about putting it inside a chicken.

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ANGELA76H 4/10/2013 1:54PM

    That's really good info! Thanks!

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    Fresh pineapple is the best!!! I've always thrown the core away. Great ideas.

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CREEKLADY1 4/10/2013 1:16PM

  I love pineapple and I had no idea how great it was! Thanks for sharing!

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