Food in Five Pineapple Salsa

Picture Perfect Pineapple salsa.

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This tangy salsa can be used as a topping on chicken or salmon, containing functional foods for insides and out!


4 ounce container of canned sliced pineapples.

1 red pepper, sliced

¼ cup chopped cilantro

¼ cup of Light Done Right Italian dressing


Whole wheat wrap.


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Functional foods:

Pineapples – source of bromelain – an anti-inflammatory that 'cleans up' the skin.

Red pepper – source of Vitamin C – antioxidant, assist in cell turnover.



*Note – serve over salmon for extra omega-3!

Many of us have learned that ‘a calorie is a calorie’ or ‘food is broken down in the body the same way.’  We have been trained that foods benefit is in the form of giving us energy, providing us with vitamins, or aiding in muscle structure.  However, recent research studies reveal some foods scientifically aid in health benefits other than its basic nutrient composition.  The foods, termed functional foods, are the ‘super foods’ that help aid in prevention and maintenance of many disease states prevalent in the world. 


The current market for functional foods is growing due to consumer interest in the relationship between food and health.  Locating functional foods is as easy as a quick stop to the local grocery store.  No expensive store or 3 hour trip is needed to find functional foods.  A stop in the fruit and vegetable section will find the majority of functional foods.  The following chart list several functional foods and benefits from consumption.


Functional food

Key substance

Health benefits


Soy protein

Support healthy cholesterol levels



Supports Intestinal health

Green/black tea


Reduce risk for cancers



Reduce risk for cancers



Reduce risk for cancers



Reduce risk of heart diseases and certain cancers

Purple grape juice

Polyphenolic compounds

Support cardiovascular function


Soluble fiber

Reduce cholesterol levels


Omega-3 fatty acids

Reduce risk of heart disease

Fruits and vegetables


Reduce risk of heart disease and cancers.



Shelly A Marie, MS, LDN, RD is a sports and wellness dietitian, personal trainer, and speaker.