Ever heard of ‘pineapple pits’… no, neither had I. Pineapple pits don’t refer to the rough outer skin of the pineapple, but the method used to grow pineapples in the Victoria era. The English climate was too cold for the sun-loving pineapples, so to mimic the tropical temperatures pineapples were planted in hot pits made from fire-heated bricks.
In the 1700s, the rarity of pineapples also made them extremely popular. So much so, they became a status symbol with a hefty price tag. Costing about $8000 in today’s terms and equivalent to the price of a new horse-drawn coach, pineapples were for the privileged. If you were wealthy, pineapples were displayed as table centrepieces at lavish parties or placed under your arm as you paraded along the high street. For those less fortunate, you could rent a pineapple for your social occasion - as long as it was returned uneaten!
Thankfully we don’t have to go to such lengths to enjoy this tasty tropical treat as pineapples are readily available in Australia. But considering its range of health benefits, are we taking the pineapple for granted? Let’s place this prickly piece of paradise back on the pedestal it deserves…
5 Food Facts: Pineapple
- Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C, a great immune booster for your body during the cold and flu season.
- They assist your body in building strong bones and connective tissue. Pineapples are rich in manganese which helps prevent osteoporosis.
- They aid your digestion. Pineapples contain an enzyme (bromelain) that digests food by breaking down proteins. They also contain dietary fibre, which keeps your insides happy and healthy!
- Pineapples can assist your body to detox naturally. While Bromelain enzyme is helping you digest your food, at the same time it is providing your body with anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting benefits. The manganese found in pineapple is also valuable when detoxing, combating those pesky free radicals.
- Pineapple can help your heart health and blood pressure. The rich B-Complex vitamins (folates, thiamine, pyridoxine, riboflavin) and minerals (copper, manganese and potassium) found in pineapples can assist in managing body fluids and red blood cell production. As a bonus, these actives can also give you an energy boost!
5 Fun Facts: Pineapple
- Originating in South America, pineapples were brought to Europe in 1493 by Christopher Columbus.
- The word "pineapple" comes from the Spanish word "piña", meaning pine cone – hence piña colada!
- If you twist the top off your pineapple, dry it and then plant it – you can actually grow your own. However, you will need to be patient as one pineapple plant produces only one pineapple every two years!
- Bromelain is the primary enzyme in pineapples, and its ability to break down protein makes pineapple juice a perfect a meat tenderiser.
- A pineapple is actually 100-200 berries that have fused together around a core. Think of each pineapple ‘scale’ being a single berry!
Face the Facts: Pineapple
Pineapple is a natural exfoliating agent, eliminating dead skin cells and improving blood flow to the skin area. Pineapple extract is loaded with Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant and helps to fight skin cell damage by boosting the collagen synthesis of your skin. The anti-inflammatory enzyme, Bromelain, also works to heal skin and can be used to treat acne or other inflammatory skin conditions. The other long list of vitamins and minerals present in pineapples work to hydrate and nourish your skin, making it a natural cure for chapped lips.
We use pineapple extract in our Eminence Lip Trio Collection, as an active ingredient in all three of the natural and organic lip care balms which are paraben and petroleum-free. See how our luxurious three-step lip treatment uses pineapple and other actives to exfoliate, plump and hydrate your lips for full, soft and luscious pout!
Effective citrus and pineapple enzymes refine the lip area removing the appearance of dryness and reducing the look of fine lip lines.
Deeply hydrating with rich shea butter and avocado oil, this whip melts into lips and lip contour areas to impart incredible softness while natural peptides stimulate collagen production and fullness.
A petroleum-free citrus treat for the lips with shea butter and sunflower seed oil to give lips maximum hydration and a sexy sheen.
The Lip Trio Collection is beautifully packaged in a glamorous limited edition box, making it the perfect gift for ♥ Valentine's Day ♥. Or, why not buy it now to prepare your lips in time for the perfect kiss on the 14th of February! Either try an at home treatment with the Lip Trio Collection or ask for it when you book at one of our Spa and Salon Partners found across Australia.
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