Dipping Pineapples in Salt Water?


Last week, Mitzi decided to pull out her favorite snack, sliced pineapples, to enjoy at the office. As she was about to enjoy her very first bite, Shaun, our production manager, mentioned that in his country, China, people always dip their pineapples in salt water before eating them. Mitzi and I were very confused as he explained that it was to get rid of some of the acid since pineapples are very acidic.

Of course, I decided to do some research and here is what I found...



The Scientific name for the pineapple is Ananas comosus. Ananas comes from the Tupi word meaning “excellent fruit” and the word pineapple was coined because it looks like a pine cone. Pineapples were originally discovered in South Africa as an indigenous plant. From there it traveled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, southern California, Guam, Thailand the Philippines and Christopher Columbus brought some of the plants back to Europe. Southeast Asia currently dominates the world in pineapple production producing almost 2 million tons of pineapple each year.

Pineapples are the second favorite tropical fruit after bananas in America. Although the season for pineapple runs from March through June, they are available year-round in local markets. Pineapples are consumed both fresh and cooked, canned, or juiced; and can be used as a marinate meat.

Nutritional Benefits of Pineapples:

One cup of pineapple has 82 calories and provides the following nutrients—many of which act as natural antioxidants to help in the prevention of many diseases:

  • Calcium
  • Copper (9%)
  • Fiber (9.2%)
  • Folate (7.4%)
  • Manganese (76.5%)
  • Potassium
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 18.6%
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 18.6%
  • Vitamin C (131.4%)



Raw pineapple also contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, and it is found mostly in the stem of the fruit. Bromelain breaks down protein. So, if you are someone who eats too much meat and suffers from indigestion, this is great for you! In many parts of the world, bromelain is also used as a post-injury medication because of its ability to reduce inflammation and swelling.

But, even though this enzyme is great for you for many reasons. In a lot of cases, eating pineapples can cause some uncomfortable side effects because of it. Such as a tingling or a burning sensation on the tip of the tongue, or heartburn.

Thankfully, you are able to minimize the effects of the enzyme in your mouth by cutting out the core of the pineapple before eating it. Also, like Shaun's grandmother, and many others in Asian countries, dipping the sliced pieces in salt water for a few seconds.

In conclusion ladies, adding salt to your pineapple will lessen its acidity, and lessen your chances of having a sensitive tongue or even worse, heart burn, all the while getting the healthy effects of this delicious fruit.

If you experience this or love pineapples as much as Mitzi does, comment and let us know!

Author: Nazanin Yashar


Our Favorite Ways to Use Coconut Oil


Looks like everyone has been coco for coconuts lately. In the past year, we have seen doctors nutritionists, skin care professionals, and even makeup artists recommend and put this yummy and healthy oil to great use.

You will question, well coconuts have been around for forever now, why the sudden popularity? The answer is that in the 1970s a propaganda spread by the corn oil and soy oil industries against coconut oil. They stated that coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content. This has been proven otherwise in the last decade when people began to question the claims of the propaganda.

Found in tropical countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc. Coconuts have several benefits including hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.

So is it actually good for you? The oil of a coconut has a large presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities. So in other words, it is AMAZING for you!

Mitzi and I are obsessed with coconut oil, and here are our favorite ways to use it:


  • Popping Popcorn - First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to a heavy-bottomed pan. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely. Yum!
  • Smoothies - Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe to increase your energy!



  • Cheekbone Highlighter - Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup for natural glow.
  • Shaving Lotion - Sensitive skin? use coconut on dry skin to get a close shave, and a moisturizer at the same time.
  • Makeup Remover - Wash your face using coconut oil to remove any makeup without any irritation...P.S. Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
  • Body Moisturizer - Apply directly after showering for smooth skin without the harsh chemicals used in most brand named lotions. And no Mitzi, you do not smell like coconuts! ;)
  • Fade Age Spots - Rub on hands or other areas daily to fade signs of aging and age spots.
  • Sunburn Care - Use instead of aloe vera for a great soothing moisturizer to use after you've gotten a bit too much sun.


  • Leave-in Overnight Conditioner - Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
  • Defrizzer of Split Ends - Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.

Comment and let us know any other ways that you put this great oil to use, or which is your favorite way of using it!

Authors: Nazanin Yashar


Let's Talk Nails!


If you're anything like me, you are obsessed with having perfectly polished nails at all times. I have been painting my nails since the age of three. I love getting my nails done and can't stand chipped nails. That is why I have turned to gel manicures. A gel manicure usually lasts me about three weeks, while a regular manicure will last me a little over a week. Unfortunately, I have learned that BOTH gel and regular manicures come with some risks. So what do we do?

Lets start with gel manicures. For gel manicures, the technicians apply a special polish to nails and then cure the product, usually for four to eight minutes, using ultraviolet light. While with regular manicures, technicians will apply regular nail polish and then let it air dry for about 10-15 minutes.

Dermatologists have discover that the light used to set the gel manicure is actually the same kind of light that causes sun damage to our skin. But don't worry! A study shows that on average it would take about 11 visits over two years to reach the levels of exposure that would cause sun damage. Even though the risk for developing cancer is small, the risk is still there.


To limit the risk, the study’s authors recommended using sunscreens or UVA protective gloves when getting a gel manicure. I actually purchased a pair of our Original Driving Gloves, and cut the tips off to use every time I get a gel manicures. These are great because they are UPF/SPF 50+. and they block 98% of UVA/UVB rays. I would highly recommend purchasing two pairs; one for driving or other daily activities, and one for when you are running to the nail salon for a gel manicure (you must cut the tips).

Even though I am fully aware of the risks, and I usually wear my UVA protective gloves, I try not to get a gel manicure every time I go in to get my nails done. This is because gel actually weakens the nails causing the top layer of the nail to peel off, and break easily. So every once in a while I like to get a regular manicure, or just get my nails cleaned to help them breathe and repair.

Now let's look at regular nail polish, and it's risks. Most nail polish brands, usually used at nail salons, contain harsh toxic chemicals that could be harmful to your health!


The idea of nail polish as a risky substance gained traction in 2006 when public health advocates began a nationwide protest concerning three compounds — often referred to as “the toxic trio” — in leading nail polish brands.

The trio consisted of a known carcinogen, formaldehyde, used as a hardening agent, and two materials linked to developmental defects: toluene, to evenly suspend color, and the plasticizer dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, to add flexibility and sheen.

Here are a few that Mitzi told me she loves using and recommends. They use no toxins or chemicals making them natural and safer to use than gel or other nail polish brands:



Created by Zoya and Michael Reyzis of Art of Beauty, Zoya nail polish revolutionized the nail industry when it began making long-lasting, toxin-free polish. Eliminating toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP from its polishes, Zoya has quickly become one of the most popular 5-free nail polish brands out there. With new colors released each season, you’ll be sure to find the perfect shade for every occasion.

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Scotch Naturals®


Making the change to non-toxic nail polish is one you won’t regret. Scotch Naturals is a safe and eco-friendly alternative to conventional polish. Their revolutionary water-based formula delivers long lasting, salon-quality results in a stunning array of sophisticated shades. Their polishes contain none of the chemicals found in typical nail polish. They are “3 Free” as well free of ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals.

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RGB Cosmetics®


Aiming to bridge the gap between green beauty and luxury cosmetics within the nail space, RGB is a modern product line. Featured in national press, including Vogue, W Magazine, Allure, and The Today Show, RGB’s formula removes harmful carcinogens often found in nail color. The chip-resistant and high shine nail colors, contain no Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor, making it a Five Free Formula. All RGB products are cruelty free, vegan, and made in the USA.

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LVX brings you luxury and fashion without compromise. They are dedicated to launching the hottest collections for each season by translating the top runway colors based on emerging trends in high fashion. Their long lasting, chip resistant and gel-like formula is free of the 5 toxic and harsh chemicals found in most common nail lacquer formulas. LVX products are formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene and Camphor. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. All products are produced in the U.S.A.

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We recommend stocking up on a few of your favorite colors from any of these brands, and taking it with you when you get mani/pedis to ensure that you are safe and your nails are healthy. Also, don't forget your UVA protective gloves, and sunscreen before gel manicures. Some nail salons have and offer gloves when you are there, however, they are usually not UVA/UVB tested. Make sure you get the right pair at and stay safe!


Authors: Nazanin Yashar