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Superbug may have met its match….the Pineapple

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The superbugs have been a growing threat for years due to an over reliance on antibiotics. What if I were to tell you that scientists have discovered another weapon to combat the superbug by simply fighting nature with nature?

Turns out the pineapple is a potential key component in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as the superbug.  Studies have shown the enzymes, namely bromelain, contained within the stem and the roots of the pineapples can cure diarrhea in pigs. What a relief for both the pigs and the farmers!  This natural solution would reduce the reliance on antibiotics in pig farming while also having the effect of not only diminishing antibiotics in pigs themselves but also reducing the human exposure to antibiotics during consumption.

Scientist believe this may also help reduce diarrhea in humans as well.  So the next time you find yourself spending more time in the restroom than the office, try some pineapple, your organization will appreciate it.

Read more from the Sydney Morning Herald to learn about the natural superbug solution

Bromelain has been widely discussed in our blog read more about it here.

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“If You like Piña Coladas…”

 

We all know those famous words sang by Rupert Holmes. (Go ahead, click here before you continue reading. We know you want to). Winter is almost over and springtime is near. We can almost see it! Spring Break vacations are currently being booked and for many the thought of a warm and balmy tropical paradises awaits.

Bringing the tropics to you ahead of schedule, here’s a Tropical Pineapple Margarita Slushy recipe you’re sure to melt over, by Whole and Heavenly Oven. Great for a much sooner happy hour with friends, these margaritas can also accompany a nice home-cooked dinner.

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Picture courtesy of Whole and Heavenly Oven

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of frozen diced pineapple
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1-1/2 cups tequila
  • 3/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place it all together in the blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Serve in salt-rimmed glass and viola! You got yourself an early spring vacation in a cup glass.

Cheers!

Dr. Lloyd

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Gimme’ Some Southern Hospitality

 

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Picture courtesy of Zazzle.com

Welcome Y’all!

Our readers originally from the Southern United States – known lovingly as “the South” – know that there are some items found atop a dining room table that are considered quintessential when it comes to entertaining. Quite frankly, any respectable Southern host or hostess couldn’t bare the thought of inviting guests over without these arguably necessary reception pieces. 

Sure, the list includes, ice cold sweet tea, warm homemade biscuits and crisp, yet creamy pecans. (Pronounced however you like it!)

Yet, what you you might not realize was also considered a very Southern adornment to the table was…you guessed it, a pineapple! Plenty more pineapples than flowers greeted guests to a family’s home during the 1600s and 1700s.

In fact, during America’s colonial days, a hostess’s ability to have a pineapple for an important dining event said as much about her rank as it did about her resourcefulness. The pineapple served as the ultimate table display and was a conversation starter. Even more interesting, the glowing, golden centerpiece was…rented. That’s right! As this post form Apartment Therapy explains, there is quite a story in the history of the hospitable pineapple.

Yes ma’am. People sure did go to great lengths to be charming and most importantly mind their manners. Now, if that’s not southern hospitality, we don’t know what is.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

Dr. Lloyd

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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s the Superfruit!

Pineapples are one of nature’s superfruits. These powerful pieces of produce are loaded with numerous vitamins and minerals. But do you know just how many vitamins and minerals make up the pineapple’s secret identity?

With almost x-ray vision,  the Authority Nutrition gives us a closer look at these golden, foot-sized nutritional heroes:

 

  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C is disease’s nemesis. Great for your immune system, Vitamin C also gives you glowing skin. Just one cup of pineapple contains 132% of Vitamin C. KAPOW!
  • Manganese –  An essential trace mineral, 76% of your daily required manganese intake is found in just one cup of pineapple. BOOM!
  • Copper – Pineapples also have good levels of natural copper, a co-creator in red blood cells. ZAP!
  • Folate (B9) – A Vitamin B complex, Folate is important for tissue growth and cell function. Especially for women who are pregnant, plenty of Folate is found in a serving of pineapple. WHAAM!

Listen to your body and make sure to feed it right. When it’s time to head to the market, just be sure to call on this superfruit. It’s always here to help!

Enjoy your pineapples!

Dr. Lloyd

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Chestnut Hill Farms Participates in Fruit Logistica

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Chestnut Hill Farms and Procomer, a public Costa Rican institution who promotes the exportation of Costa Rican goods and services throughout the world, participated last week at Fruit Logistica 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Fruit Logistica is the leading trade fair for the international fresh produce trade. Fruit Logistica unites the fresh produce industry once a year and give’s industry makers the opportunity to approach potential business partners.

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Pineapple is in the air!

In case you missed it, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. And everyone plays cupid differently. Some couples keep it traditional with flowers and chocolate, while others are just crazy for an elaborate date night.

Admittedly, we at CHF tend to fall in the latter category. Romantics? Possibly. Passionate? Definitely.  But what exactly makes our hearts melt? How about forget-me-not…dinners! 

The key to our cherished little hearts is an outrageously enchanting meal. So in the spirit of affection, here are some recipes that are sure to make you fall in love:

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To set the mood, try whipping up this refreshing Pineapple Cucumber Salad by Mom On Time Out. It’s light enough to leave plenty of room for a few more delicious courses.

As your entree, Carls Bad Cravings’ Thai Pineapple Peanut Chicken Satay and Pineapple Coconut Cashew Rice will impress your S.O. and showcase your (possibly, newly-found) cooking skills.

End the night with Dashing Dish’s Pineapple Whip. A perfect serving size for two, this delectable dessert will have you wanting more. (More sweets, of course!) 

Whether you have a romantic dinner at home or a picnic by the beach, we wish and your loved ones a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Dr. Lloyd

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The Secret Gene

Ah, science!

Since scientists first laid hands on the pineapple back in the early 16th century, they have wondered what this incredibly special fruit is made of. Carefully studying and enjoying the pineapple to find the secret hiding within its core, scientists have actually just learned the genetics under its crown.

In fact, and most interesting to researchers, is the understanding of how a pineapple can withstand droughts. Turns out it all comes down to a familiar process we learned about in grade school. Through recent testing they have learned how pineapples undergo photosynthesis.

The pineapple crop uses “CAM.” CAM stands for crassulacean acid metabolism, a type of photosynthesis that is so unlike the rest of many plant products.

One of the global trade’s most important tropical fruits, pineapples have an annual value of more than eight billion dollars. By furthering understanding the science behind how a pineapple naturally withstands climate changes, farmers like us can better prepare for all types of circumstances.

This article from Reuters.com gives more insight on the genetic secrets of this powerful fruit.

Neat, huh? Science, baby!

Dr. Lloyd

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Sweet Escape

Winter is in full swing for those Perfect Pineapple™ fans located in the North and we’re pretty sure the weather has you dreaming for a summer vacation right about now!

Create your own beach getaway for dinner tonight. With the help of The Recipe Critic, you can be whisked away to the islands of Hawaii in a little over an hour. Talk about being in two places at once!

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Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken Picture courtesy of                      The Recipe Critic

What you’ll need:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ cup cornstarch
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • Sweet Hawaiian Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained

 

This Baked Sweet Hawaiian Chicken recipe gives traditional baked chicken a sweet and tangy pineapple taste. You’ll be dreaming of Hawaii with every bite.

Aloha!

Dr. Lloyd

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The Power of Bromelain!

It’s cold and flu season and you are trying your best to avoid getting sick at all costs this winter season. Did you know that you have the secret ingredient right in front of you?

What is this magical medicinal remedy? Bromelain. Bromelain is a very important topic around Lloyd’s Corner since it has the power to cure many ailments. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, bromelain reduces mucus in the throat and nose. It also reduces those pesky, never-ending coughs. If you also feel that you are swelling up due to a fever, bromelain with reduce inflammation and swelling.

Want more information on the secret powers of bromelain? Click here to read more about University of Maryland Medical Center’s study.

Stay healthy!

Dr.Lloyd

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Get Your Daily Dose of Fruits & Vegetables

Think you’re getting enough fruits and veggies? Think again.

At least seven out of 10 Americans aren’t meeting the recommended amount of fresh produce needed for a healthy lifestyle. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Every five years the Dietary Guidelines are published. These guidelines give recommendations on how to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet.

What sticks out? You guessed it. Americans need to increase their fruit and vegetable intake.

Fruits add to healthy eating patterns. They are a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Pineapples are a superfruit that can help achieve a healthy lifestyle. From being a great source of Vitamin C (which is a very important topic in Dr. Lloyd’s Corner) to providing the powerful enzyme bromelain, pineapples are great if you’re looking for a better diet.

How can you follow the guidelines for eating more fruit? Choose fruits as snacks, side dishes and desserts to cut down on foods with added sugars. Stay away from juices that do not contain 100% fruit juices. Many juices contain less than 50% juice and are made up of added sugars.

Check out our own list of recipes to see how you can incorporate more fruits into your diet.

Want to take a look into the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines? Click here.

Best,

Dr. Lloyd

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