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Antioxidant Pineapple Fried Rice

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Pineapple Fried Rice is a fried rice dish with added tropical fruit for a zesty refreshing taste. Many people enjoy eating pineapple on a blazing summer day, but how many people think of eating it with rice, let alone fried rice?

There are many different beliefs about the origin of pineapple fried rice. There is a certain consensus that it actually originated in Thailand, where it has been eaten for over a century and where the culture of eating rice with pineapple or other fruits such as bananas, mangos, and watermelons has been around since ancient times. Thailand’s fertile landscape lends itself well to fruit growing and produces sweet, juicy pineapples. Eating rice and fruit in the same dish can refresh and fill you up all at once.

Other people believe that the act of blended fruit with rice began with Chinese people and gradually spread out across the region, including to Thailand.

Health Benefits

‘Antioxidant Pineapple Fried Rice’ is one of the basic Asian fried rice dishes that is made by mixing steamed rice and stir-frying it with seasoning and sauces. Add meat of your choice and sweet ingredients such as shredded pork, Chinese sausage, raisins and onions to balance the sour and salty taste before serving it in a hollowed-out pineapple.

  • ‘Pineapple’ helps fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and helps repair cells damaged by infection.*
  • ‘Bell peppers’ have immune modulating and antioxidant effects.**
  • ‘Onion’ relieves cold and cough symptoms.***
  • ‘Garlic’ enhances the innate and adaptive immunity.****
  • ‘Cashew Nuts’ contain zinc which helps the immune system work effectively, reducing the chance of infection with the virus.*****

Ingredients

  • steamed rice 200 gr
  • curry powder 1 gr
  • pineapple 30 gr
  • onion 10 gr
  • raisin 5 gr
  • chicken 50 gr
  • cashew nut 20 gr
  • soy sauce 20 gr
  • bell pepper 50 gr
  • garlic 5 gr

Directions

Heat oil in a pan and stir-fry the onion and garlic.

Add the sweet peppers and continue to stir.

Add the pineapple, raisins and cashew nuts.

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and serve in a hollowed out pineapple.

Reference
* Hemilä H, Chalker E. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, 1. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4
** Kawata A, et al. Anti-inflammatory Activity of β-Carotene, Lycopene and Tri-n-butylborane, a Scavenger of Reactive Oxygen Species. In Vivo. 2018; 32(2): 255–64
*** Bakhru HK. Healing through natural foods. 16. Mumbai: Jaico; 2015.
**** Moutia M, et al. Review Article In Vitro and In Vivo Immunomodulatory Activities of Allium sativum L. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018; Article ID 4984659.https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4984659
***** Read SA, et al. The Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity. Advances in Nutrition. 2019;10:696–710; doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmz013