FRIDAY FOOD COUPLES

Over the next several Fridays, I will be giving you some tasty and healthy food couplings along with the health benefits of eating these foods.  A simple recipe follows.  Our first coupling is:

PINEAPPLE and MANGO

Not only a delicious exotic fruit, pineapple also has a special health asset in the form of bromelain, an enzyme that helps in the digestion of protein and can reduce inflammation and swelling throughout the body.

Bromelain eases inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.  It helps speed recovery from injuries and surgery, helping to alleviate fluid retention and preventing blood clots. It is also a useful remedy for digestive problems.

Pineapple is also an excellent source of manganese and is rich in vitamin C, which supports the immune system and defends against damaging free radicals which can cause premature aging.  Vitamin C and manganese also helps to make bone-protecting collagen.  Used topically, pineapple can help to soften and remove dead skin through the action of its enzyme bromelain.

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Regarded by many as the most delicious tropical fruit of all, mango offers many health benefits.  It is perfect in fruit salads and desserts and works equally well in savory dishes.

An average sized mango contains almost the total RDA of vitamin C which produces collagen and is vital to healthy skin and connective tissue.  It also helps the body to heal faster from aches and bruises.

Mango is one of the few fruit sources of vitamin E and together with vitamin C, protects the brain from memory loss.  They are also high in beta-carotene which is needed for clear skin, healthy lungs, a strong heart and immunity.

They are also a useful source of potassium which is important for maintaining normal blood pressure.  The fruit is full of fiber, which is vital for a well-functioning digestive system.

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PINEAPPLE AND MANGO SALSA

1 large mango

1/2 pineapple

1/4 red onion, chopped

1/2 inch piece root ginger, peeled and grated

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 red chili, deseeded and finely sliced

handful coriander, roughly chopped

juice of two limes

1 tsp sesame oil

Peel and chop the flesh of the fruits, then put into a bowl with the onion, ginger, garlic, chili and coriander.  Toss well.  Drizzle the lime juice and sesame oil over top.  Serve with fish or chicken or as a dip.

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