The divide between Americans is enormous. And sadly, that gulf seems to be growing bigger by the day.
Both sides are passionate about their positions. And no matter what we do, we just can’t seem to agree. Friendships have been ended, and families are divided over the fight.
But I’m NOT referring to our politics. I’m talking about whether or not pineapple belongs on a pizza.
Never has a debate about food stirred up so many intense emotions as this one. But both sides do usually agree on ONE thing.
And that is that pineapple is downright DELICIOUS.
So no matter whether you feel this tropical treat is the perfect pizza topper… or that it should never grace a pie… you’re likely going to LOVE the news I have to share with you today.
Researchers say snacking on pineapple could help protect us against heart disease.
Tropical treat helps protect your heart
In the new animal study for 8-weeks, researchers fed lab rats what I imagine might be the diet of their rodent dreams—an unhealthy spread designed to raise their cholesterol levels.
But half of the critters got a pineapple powder as part of their meals. While the other half didn’t. Then tests were done to determine…
- serum lipid profiles (cholesterol levels)
- liver and renal function
- cardiac oxidative stress levels (linked to heart disease)
- pro-inflammatory cytokine levels (linked to the formation of artery plaque)
And something downright incredible had occurred. The pineapple group saw SO many benefits that I’m being completely serious when I say doctors might want to consider “prescribing” the tropical treat to their patients.
We need more human research, of course. But if we end up with even just half of the heart-supporting benefits that the lab rats enjoyed, it might be time to add pineapple to your regular menu.
A daily dose of pineapple led to…
- less weight gain
- lower serum lipid profiles
- a drop in atherogenic coefficient (a comparison of non HDL to HDL)
- lower cardiac risk ratio (a comparison of total cholesterol to HDL)
- a reduction in liver enzyme activity (without renal dysfunction)
And as impressive as all that is, we’re not done. There’s MORE. The pineapple was also linked to a…
- restoration of cardiac protein carbonyl (a sign of oxidative stress)
- reduction in cardiac malondialdehyde (a measure of heart function)
- drop in cardiac pro-inflammation cytokine IL-6 and IL-1β levels
Now I know that’s a WHOLE LOT to digest. But don’t worry, you don’t need to remember all those details. You just need to know pineapple did terrific things for their heart health.
Pineapple is PACKED with health benefits
The tropical fruit supplement appeared to help protect the heart by fighting back against unhealthy cholesterol levels. Or, as the buttoned-up scientist types put it, “pineapple is a potential candidate for cardioprotection against hypercholesterolemia.”
Maybe your doc has been nagging you about your creeping cholesterol numbers. Or perhaps you simply want some extra heart protection without popping yet another prescription pill. Either way, pineapple could fit the bill.
Pineapple is a low-cost, delicious way to gently nudge your numbers in the right direction. And although it may FEEL like cheating to munch on a tasty serving of the fruit every day, I can assure you it’s not. Because along with the benefits I mentioned earlier, pineapples deliver a big nutritional and medicinal punch.
The natural sweetness of the fruit can help CURB sugar cravings and head off overeating. Pineapples contain plenty of filling fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. Plus, they’re brimming with healthy phytochemicals, including ferulic acid, catechin, epicatechin, and gallic acid.
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And research has found the antioxidant-rich fruit naturally helps fight inflammation, cholesterol, and obesity.
For example, in one earlier animal study, a group of tubby lab rats was fed a high-fat, junk-food diet. The rodents gained a ton of weight, had high body fat levels, skyrocketing blood lipids, and a dangerous buildup of fat in their livers.
But when researchers gave them pineapple juice, every single one of those health threats improved. Their insulin levels plummeted, and their adiponectin levels… a hormone that helps protect against diabetes and atherosclerosis… skyrocketed.
Other research has found compounds in pineapple, such as bromelain, can help aid with digestion, fight cancer, and ease arthritis symptoms. And for folks battling eye floaters pineapple could be a godsend. Click here to SEE the details.
Pineapple supplements are available. But I suggest you skip the pills, powders, and juices and go with the real-deal whole fruit instead. Or try a daily supplement along with a serving of the fruit. Whether it’s dressing up a slice of pizza, tossed into some cottage cheese, or eaten alone, you’ll be getting all the heart-protecting benefits of this tropical treat.