What do Pineapples, Papaya, Kiwi & Figs Have in Common?

These 4  fruits contain enzymes that make

great tenederizers for meats.

The proteases enzymes break down the sinew and fibers in the meat.  The most common of these is Bromelain which is the stems of the pineapple that have been juiced.  The fruit contains Bromelain also but the is stem would otherwise be unused.  Wonderful tenderizer without wasting a valuable part of the plant.

Placing pineapple slices on your meat at room temperature is a great way to tenderize but know that if you leave the pineapple on the meat too long, you will break down the fibers of the meat and the texture will change from the standard for that particular cut of meat, producing mushy meat.

Bromelain can also be obtained at health food stores in capsules.  Just break open a couple of capsules and rub onto the meat.  You can also mix this in with your herb blends and rub onto your prized steak, roast or any other meat when you want to highlight the flavor.

Papaya contains papain = papaya proteinase

Kiwi contains actinidin =  protein-dissolving enzyme

Figs contain ficin = proteases known as the cysteine endopeptidases

all of which are great alternatives to MSG, also known as Monosodium glutamate

.

 Symptoms Commonly  Associated with MSG

Cardiac

 Arrhythmia 
Atrial fibrillation 
Tachycardia 
..Rapid heartbeat 
..Palpitations 
Slow heartbeat 
Angina 
Extreme rise or drop 
..in blood pressure 

Circulatory

Swelling 

Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea 
Nausea/vomiting 
Stomach cramps 
Irritable bowel
Swelling of hemorrhoids and/or anus area
Rectal bleeding 
Bloating 

Muscular

Flu-like achiness 
Joint pain 
Stiffness

Neurological

 Depression 
Mood swings 
Rage reactions 
Migraine headache 
Dizziness 
Light-headedness 
Loss of balance 
Disorientation 
Mental confusion 
Anxiety 
Panic attacks 
Hyperactivity 
Behavioral problems 
..in children 
Attention deficit ..disorders 
Lethargy 
Sleepiness 
Insomnia 
Numbness or paralysis Seizures 
Sciatica 
Slurred speech 
Chills and shakes 
Shuddering 

Visual

Blurred vision 
Difficulty focusing 
Pressure around eyes

Respiratory

 Asthma
Shortness of breath 
Chest pain 
Tightness in the chest 
Runny nose 
Sneezing 

Urological / Genital

Bladder pain (with frequency)
Swelling of the prostate 
Swelling of the vagina 
Vaginal spotting 
Frequent urination 
Nocturia 

Skin

Hives (may be both ..internal and external) 
Rash 
Mouth lesions 
Temporary tightness or 
..partial paralysis 
..(numbness or tingling) 
..of the skin 
Flushing 
Extreme dryness of 
..the mouth / thirst
Face swelling 
Tongue swelling 
Bags under eyes

 

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Click here for other names that are used to describe MSG in products without being obvious to the consumer.

More research material: Truth in Labeling . org

Note:  Pineapple photo courtesy of http://www.freefoto.com

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