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Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Fruit Great for Weight Loss--Pineapple


Pineapple has become so available in grocery stores. They may not taste like the ones freshly harvested on a tropical island, but, if you pick right, you can have a very tasty one in your own home. You can chunk it or cut it in wheels or, as we like to do, cut it in wedges. It is a beautiful color, has substantive texture and a sweet & juicy flavor...and for only 82 calories per cup! It also happens to be healthy for you. Here is what I found out from iVillage- 

 “Although pineapple is slightly higher in fructose (natural fruit sugar) than most produce, it’s still light. One cup of cubed chunks contains just 82 calories, making it a much better sweet treat than, say, ice cream,” says Goodson. Bonus: Pineapple is also an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that’s been shown to reduce the inflammation that can contribute to diseases like arthritis and cancer, and to aid digestion, too -- which is why it's been used for centuries to soothe stomach woes.

Pineapple can complete a meal easily from accompanying wraps to salads to grilled meats and vegetables. It can also be added to many recipes. An easy and low calorie add-on to a healthy meal.