Health Benefits of Star Fruit:
Star fruit is a star shaped tropical fruit. It has sweet and sour flavor. Star fruit is cultivated in many parts of China, Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. It is a small, bushy evergreen tree that grows very well under hot, humid and tropical conditions. It is ready for harvest when the plants reach 3-4 years old. This plant bears small lilac color, bell-shaped flowers in clusters, which subsequently develop into oblong shaped fruits with characteristic five angled edges that appear like a starfish in cross sections.
Health benefits are:
- Low in Calories:
Star fruit is one of the low calorie tropical fruit.100 gm of fruit just provides 31 calories. It is lower than any other popular tropical fruit.
- Dietary Fiber:
This fruit provides a good amount of dietary fiber. The dietary fibers help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
- Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Star fruit has a good amount of vitamin C. vitamin C helps the body develops resistance against infectious agents and scavenges harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
- B-complex Vitamins:
Star fruit is also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin and pyridoxine. Together, these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.
- Blood pressure:
It also contains a little amount of minerals, zinc, iron and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the bad influences of sodium.