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2016: The Year of the Pineapple

The New Year is almost upon us!

Many of us have prepared for 2016 by drafting new year’s resolutions. And you know what? I agree with the tradition. There really is something magically inspiring and motivating about resolutions! In fact, down here on the farm, we have a few “new beginning” traditions and customs that we follow on December 31st.

Among them are some fun ones such as crossing the neighborhood street with a suitcase in hand to ensure travelling in the coming year. Or sweeping the entire house to sway away past evils. Many people here in Costa Rica even make it a point to ring in midnight with yellow underwear for good luck in the months ahead.

Maybe these customs aren’t exactly your cup of tea, but there is one thing you can’t deny: Taking steps to better yourself is always a smart thing! Among your own resolutions, we’re pretty certain that “eating better” or “making healthier choices” is on your list. And that’s terrific!

So, alright then. In 2016, introduce more fresh produce to your diet! We’re partial of course, but pineapple will really be a great addition to your fruit basket this year. As the year continues, check Lloyd’s Corner for more reasons on how this star food can help you. (Can’t wait? Check out a few health posts from 2015 here, here and here.)

Without further ado, from our family to yours:

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Cheers!

Dr. Lloyd

 

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Vitamin C: Pineapples Say A Mouthful

It’s pretty well known that Vitamin C is an essential nutrient. Some might even argue that Vitamin C is the “power-house vitamin.” Doing everything from serving as an antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage to boosting the immune system, Vitamin C is vital in building human tissue and repairing it.

Pineapples are a great source of Vitamin C! Due to their high Vitamin C content, pineapples can positively assist a plethora of bodily functions. (Here’s some to name a few).

In today’s post, we wanted to focus specifically on how pineapple consumption can benefit oral health. That’s right. Your tongue knows what’s good for it!

Aside from its delicious taste, this lip-smacking fruit’s Vitamin C contribution can even reduce your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Vitamin C also increases the body’s ability to fight invading bacteria that contribute to such oral diseases, especially gum disease.

Does it replace going to the dentist? You wish. Of course not! But with a toothbrush, floss and –surprisingly– a few slices of pineapple a day, your mouth will be thanking you!

Dr. Lloyd Berg  

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Come Visit Us @ Booth #459 This Weekend!

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In Atlanta for the weekend? Well if you are, you’re in for a real treat!

The 2015 PMA Fresh Summit kicks off tomorrow, Friday, October 23 at the Georgia World Congress and with it a gatherings of the industry at the world’s largest produce trade show.

Chestnut Hill Farms will be exhibiting during the event (#Booth 459) and will be joined by local juice experts, Rawesome Juicery. Together, we’ll be serving up some of the tastiest cold-press juices on the floor. Recipes featuring The Perfect Pineapple were created by Rawesome Juicery and include:

The Refresh: Pineapple, Mint, Lime, Apple, Chlorophyll

The Pura Vida: Pineapple, Orange Juice, Cactus Fruit, Ginger

The Pain Killer (Smoothie): Pineapple, Coconut Cream, Orange Juice, Nutmeg

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Why juice? As our partners at Rawesome so eloquently put it:

“When we consume whole foods our system immediately recognizes it as familiar and can utilize its nutrients immediately.

This is the number one reason why everyone should juice! It allows the system to rest and catch up on other issues in the body that need repair. Fresh pressed juice is absorbed within minutes, giving your system a reboost of vital vitamins and minerals.”

If you’re around, please stop by and say hello!

Hope to see you there,

Dr. Lloyd

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Keep Heart Healthy

In the United States alone, there are more than 3 million cases of vascular disease reported each year. Often associated with vascular disease are blood clots. Now let’s be fair – blood clots are healthy and lifesaving when they stop bleeding. But they can also form when they aren’t needed. That’s when things get tricky. Blood clots can also cause a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical problems.

Why do blood clots form? Causes of blood clots may include certain heart conditions, pregnancy, prolonged immobility, smoking, certain medications, surgery and inherited blood clotting disorders.

For some of those causes, there’s not much you can do to prevent a clot from possibly happening. But for others, believe it or not, pineapple can help!

A proactive and very natural approach, consuming pineapples has been proven to reduce the risk of blood clots by thinning the blood. Get ready, because here we go with that bromelain again. (It’s a very, very busy enzyme)!

Bromelain helps to trigger an anti-inflammatory response. Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers, pregnant women, long-time “sitters” and others at risk for blood clots.

Actually, this is one reason why you will almost always see flight attendants have a full stock of pineapple juice.

Neat fact, right? The more you know!

Dr. Lloyd

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Battling Crohn’s Disease with Plantains

plantain_pic1We’re going to switch it up a bit on Lloyd’s Corner from our usual discussions about pineapple perks to verse our readers a bit more on another versatile fruit we carry here at Chestnut Hill Farms – the all-purpose plantain.

For those that aren’t as familiar with plantains, get ready to have your world rocked by what we loving like to call “banana’s big brother.” Starchy and low in sugar, plantains are cooked before eating. This tropical fruit is a staple in Caribbean and Latin American dishes and have inspired a variety of culinary creations, most recently in the United States.

In the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some recipes and fun facts about plantains, much like we have with pineapples. However, this week, we wanted to get right to the nuts and bolts of how beneficial plantains can be for your gut. That’s right, your gut!

Plantains & Digestive Disorders

Discussions about gut health have become more and more popular as, unfortunately, more people are being diagnosed with digestive orders. In North America alone about seven in every 100,000 people suffer from Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disorder. People who suffer from this disease experience pain and digestive discomfort on a regular basis.

The pain comes as a result of a constant, unnatural battle between the immune system and bacteria (even good bacteria) in the intestines. So as a result, the bowel lining becomes a battleground where the immune system is constantly attacking bacteria that attach to it.

Research now suggests that the soluble fibers from plantain plants may block a key stage in the development of Crohn’s disease. By testing to see if the fibers could reduce the movement of E. coli bacteria across cells lining the bowel, they found that plantain fibers prevented E. coli movement by between 45% and 82%. The lack of movement meant that the plantains were almost “overriding” the Crohn’s need to rid the body of bacteria and as a result fight its effects.

A major win for those dealing with Crohn’s disease in their daily life, the study allows plantains to become a safe and healthy part of anyone’s diet with “sensitive” stomachs.

Interesting to see how fresh produce can help alleviate even the most painful disorders, huh? We will be posting some tasty recipes to make the science a bit more applicable to daily life soon.

Stay tuned!

Dr. Lloyd

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Looking for a Vitamin C Source?

For the average person not as versed in nutritional science, we’re willing to bet that certain vitamins and minerals are associated with one predominant body function – such as calcium and Vitamin D are with bone health or iron with muscle performance. Likewise, certain vitamins and minerals tend to have their own “poster child” in the grocery aisle. In the above example, usually dairy and meat products come to mind.

Among the many nutrients we need to discuss on a daily basis, sometimes overlooked – for all purposes of the word – is the very important Vitamin C. Usually seen as the best way to boost immunity and get over the common cold, Vitamin C also plays a vital role in vision health. And what lip-smacking fruit at your local grocer provides great amounts of Vitamin C? You guessed it – pineapples!

Why is Vitamin C important to eye health? Virtually all cells of the body depend on Vitamin C, including those of the eye where it is actively concentrated in all tissues and supports the health of ocular blood vessels.

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Take care of your eyes! Pineapples have plenty of Vitamin C which is good for eye health.

Evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss. Poor eating habits, smoking, diabetes and use of steroids have actually increased these risks in recent years, causing experts to believe that rates are expected to triple by 2025 – making Vitamin C intake more important than ever.

Pineapple contains 78.9 mg of Vitamin C, which is actually more than oranges – its usual “spokesfruit.” In addition to its flavorful taste and versatile preparation methods, pineapples have plenty of more health benefits not commonly known.

Want to know more? Take a bite of pineapple today and (excellently) view those other pineapple health facts here.

Enjoy,

Dr. Lloyd

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Shape Up with Pineapple this Summer

With more hours of sun in the sky and laxer schedules at work, most Americans like to take advantage of the summer season by heading outside for some afternoon action.On the weekends you’ll see more families paddling out on the lake, swimming in the sea or playing a game of football out in the front yard.

Activities like these help make up a healthy lifestyle for women and men, young and old alike. Yet, if you’re looking to lose a few pounds in the process, you’ll need a supercharged diet to complement your new-found energy for casual exercise.

Much more than a delicious treat, pineapples can be a great staple food in your summertime diet. They are loaded with essential nutrients that help aid metabolism and are just 83 calories per one-cup serving.

Photo by Angela Anderson. Check out her blog here.

Photo by Angela Anderson. Check out her blog, The A List, here.

Among such nutrients, pineapples contain plenty of fiber, which is critical for digestion and weight loss. Manganese, Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid, also found in pineapples, are needed for energy production, regulating blood sugar levels and playing an importantly role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism efforts.

A healthy alternative to other high-calorie, high fat foods you may be tempted to nosh on at your neighbor’s next cook-out, pineapples can be very versatile to prepare.

In addition to enjoying pineapple chunks as a snack, drinking simply-made pineapple juice can help prevent water retention. In fact with its 75 percent RDI for Vitamin C, consuming one cup of pineapple juice can help you avoid bloating and make it easier to keep your tummy flat.

With some pineapple juice in hand, we’re ready for swimsuit season.

Let the pool parties begin!

Enjoy,

Dr. Lloyd

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Add Pineapple to Your Water Bottle

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

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If you haven’t noticed by now, we just love to talk about pineapples! Especially as it pertains to the numerous health benefits adding them to your daily diet can bring.

We hope you’ve enjoyed some of the posts from our ongoing blog series that have touted the incredibly wonderful things pineapples can do for your body chemistry. From fighting the flu, to reducing asthma attacks, to helping you stand tall or even remembering any of these posts in the first place (ha!), pineapples sure are good for you – and yummy to boot!

There are tons of recipes we’re happy to share with our customers on how to create meals with plenty of this perfect fruit. Yet, if you’re maybe on the go – or don’t have the time for a homemade plate of pineapple creations – we have just the tip for you.

Add pineapple to your daily water bottle! By using a special fruit infuser bottle, or even by simply throwing in some pineapple chunks, you can slowly sip the nutrients from this super food as you go about your day.

Still not convinced it can be this easy?

Follow this link by LivingTraditionally.com to find out 10 more incredible reasons why making pineapple a part of your daily routine will have a positive effect on your life.

This blog entry is part of a multi-post series on the potential benefits of pineapples. For more information about pineapple consumption, please contact us at marketing@chfusa.com.

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Keep Your Lungs (and Produce Options) Open

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

As a mission of our on-going blog series, our goal is to educate consumers about the health benefits of fresh pineapples. Today, the fourth installment in this series focuses on research suggesting that bromelain (a key enzyme found largely in pineapples) can help mitigate Asthma and its symptoms.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease, which inflames and narrows the airways. It can have genetic, allergic, infectious, environmental, and/or dietary origins. Many people have asthma for many different reasons. As a result, researchers continue to investigate several ways to tame asthma including by testing the benefits of lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. Among said treatments, intake of bromelain from pineapples is currently being considered as one of the top natural advancements.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, bromelain was tested as part of a recent study by the University of Connecticut. After eight days of testing three different groups of mice, researchers found that increases in the bromelain enzyme actually reduced airway inflammation in the group of mice with allergic airway disease.

While it’s not a cure, this research suggests that in addition to all other health advantages we’ve mentioned over the past few weeks, pineapple’s bromelain could also possibly help in treating asthma. So is a pineapple a tasty treat that’s actually healthy for you?  Yes! Compared to other items on the grocery shelf – now that’s a breath of fresh air!

This blog entry is part of a multi-post series on the potential benefits of pineapples. For more information about pineapple consumption, please contact us at marketing@chfusa.com.

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Feel Like a Spring Chicken Every Day of the Year!

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

Today marks the first day of spring! Flowers are blossoming, tiny birdies are chirping and little lambs are bleating. Yes, “bleating.” It’s the fancy, proper word for the wavering “baah” sound Bo Peep’s besties make all up and down the pastures. Bet you didn’t know that!

And you know what else we’re pretty sure you never knew: pineapples are good for your skeletal system. Make no bones about it – pineapples will help you keep standing tall and strong for the rest of your life.

Pineapples contain 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. Whether you’re young or old, eating more pineapple will enhance your bone strength. So much so, that a study published in 1994 even suggests that the manganese, along with other trace minerals, found in pineapples may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.

A literal “crown(ed) jewel” in your supermarket, pineapple is a great way to enhance your Vitamin C consumption. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains more than 100 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for Vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Among many of their roles, this crucial vitamin and antioxidant are involved in collagen formation that binds bone cells together making them stronger.

But that’s not all you get from a slice of The Perfect Pineapple™. Copper, Vitamins B6, B1 and Folate, are all trace minerals and B-complex nutrients that act synergistically with each other in the production of collagen and elastin, both connective tissue proteins. Not to mention you’ll also receive a shot of bromelain (a super antioxidant we’ve mentioned before), which also works as an anti-inflammatory to relieve joint pain and arthritic symptoms.

Oi! All of these goodies in one prickly package? Now that’s a BOGO deal to rave about. You better BAAH-lieve it!

This blog entry is part of a multi-post series on the potential benefits of pineapples. For more information about pineapple consumption, please contact us at marketing@chfusa.com.

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