Nutrition Facts And Ways To Consume Star fruit
Do you eat a lot of fruits and veggies every day? Are they getting repetitive? It is time to try different kinds of fruits! There are so many exotic fruits that you can try if you are craving for some variety. Star fruit is something that is getting extensively popular. I spotted this fruit at a juice shop!
Let us know more about this fruit!
Star fruit is sweet and sour in taste and has a shape of a 5 point star. The mildly sour flavour makes it a favourite ingredient in a number of dishes. It is either yellow or green in colour and comes in 2 varieties a sour one, which is smaller and a sweet one which is larger.
A single star fruit of a medium size 91 g have the following nutrient content:
- Protein – 1 g
- Fibre – 3 g
- Vitamin C – 52% of daily requirement
- Vitamin B5 – 4% of daily requirement
- Folate – 3% of daily requirement
- Copper – 6% of daily requirement
- Potassium – 3% of daily requirement
- Magnesium – 2%of the RDI
Seems mediocre but a medium sized fruit of 91 g has just 28 calories and 6 g of carbs. A good bet for both calorie conscious and carb conscious.
Star fruit is an excellent source of plant compounds that are good for health namely epicatechin, gallic acid, quercitin. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and have various health benefits to offer.
These plant compounds are said to have prevented the formation of fat cells, reduced fatty liver and lower blood cholesterol in a study on mice.
Sugars in the fruit have the ability to reduce inflammation according to animal studies. However, there does not exist a human study to prove the same.
Star fruit can have adverse effects on certain people and this is because the fruit is a rich source of oxalates. This is why people with kidney problems should avoid eating star fruit of its juice. It would be wiser to consult the doctor. People who have kidney problems will further damage their kidneys by eating star fruit. The fruit can also cause neurological problems such as seizures, confusion and death.
Those of you on prescription drugs should also be careful as star fruit may alter the way the drug is broken down and absorbed by the body.
How to consume star fruit?
People don’t know how to prepare it and that is why they are reluctant to eat it. You simply need to assure that it is ripe, wash it with water, cut of its ends and slice it. Remove the seeds and simply eat it up! Yeah! It is that easy!
Apart from just slicing and eating it, you can add it salads. Use as garnishing, add it to puddings and pies, add it to Indian curries and stews, or make a chutney, jam or jelly out of it. You can juice it and drink it as a beverage during summer.
The bottom line
The fruit is pretty tasty, packed with fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. At the same time it is low in calories.
People with kidney problems or prescription drugs should consult the doctor before eating star fruit. For others it is a healthy fruit.
Hope you found this post useful!
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