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Healthful Aspects of Tropical Fruits

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 Healthful Aspects of Tropical Fruits Pineapple Guava-flowers are also edible and so pretty 

Recent research conducted by scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) investigated the healthful aspects of several tropical fruits, including guava, which was shown to be high in antioxidants, total phenolics, vitamin C and dietary fiber.

I have two Pineapple Guavas in my yard and they are so pretty when in bloom.

Starfruit always is a star in a dish!

The researchers showed that carambola (or star fruit), red pitaya (or red dragon) and mamey sapote are all have high levels of antioxidant-rich phenolics. Mamey sapote was also found to have high levels of fiber. “But the one fruit that beats them all is guava,” writes Alfredo Flores, public affairs specialist, USDA-ARS, in the article.

Dragonfruit is gorgeous, but to me the flavour is very bland whether white or fuschia coloured flesh.  Sort of like a watered-down kewi.

Of the several tropical fruits studied, guava had the highest antioxidant capability, as measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), as well as the highest levels of total phenolics, vitamin C and dietary fiber.

“Guava’s antioxidant content proved to be around that of orange, grapefruit and broccoli, and just below that of spinach—all foods that are considered to be high in antioxidants,” notes Flores. “Other fruits that ranked surprisingly high in antioxidants included lychee and papaya.”

 Isn't the bright pink guava pretty?

During the course of this research, the USDA-ARS scientists have been collaborating with scientists from the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, as well as researchers at Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand, and Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, where some varieties of the tropical fruits not available in Florida are available for testing.

Lycees are amazing when fresh.  Lychee ice cream is yummy too.


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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
great blog with nice pictures !
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Guavas are said to be one of the best fruits available and that’s because they are not only a very rich source of vitamin C (a guava contains more of this vitamin than a typical citrus fruit – the rind contains over five times more vitamin C than an orange!), they also contain high amounts of calcium – which is unusual in a fruit.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
A fresh guava fruit is also a valuable source of vitamin A and B, nicotinic acid, phosphorous, potassium, iron, folate and is high in fibre. Coupled with all these vitamins and minerals (I’m feeling healthy just writing about it!) guavas are also low in fat and calories, with only about 25 calories per fruit ...
Snigdha's picture
Excellent pictures....Among tropical fruits, the best I like are Mangoes....yummmmmyyyy...The phenolic compound in Mangoes provide rich antioxidant and anticancer abilities. Mangoes are rich in iron and also help combat acidity and indigestion. They are a rich source of vitamin A(beta-carotene), E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments. Also I love lychees...low in calories, rich in Vitamin C, potassium and other nutrients. Papaya is a great tropical fruit too. All through my childhood I kept hearing Mom say, "Eat papaya..its good for your eyes" :) For more on papaya
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Papapya is also a natural meat tenderizer. The papin breaks down the tissue. Papin is also used in many surgical procedures to eat away such as bulging discs. I love papaya with lime squeezed on it. Mangoes are still my favourite and love them with curd.
fiveadayz's picture
Hard core goodness........ With learning! Good work Shantihh
Ginny69's picture
Guava and papaya my favorites here and these pics are the bomb!
shantihhh's picture
My husband bought me a Nikon D80 and it takes amazing photos, so now I need a new and awesome video camera. I won award in college for my photos! Such fun taking foodie pix for iFood.TV
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Love tropical fruits - and will put up a video done in Florida - but the sound was not that great . The Tortilla Guy
moodyfoody's picture
Excellent pictures and nice blog Healthful Aspects of Tropical Fruits keep it up shantihhh moodyfoody
shantihhh's picture
Asian Markets are a great place to find fresh tropical fruits! Shanti/Mary-Anne
vandana's picture
Wonderful pictures Shantihh. The guava is a favorite with me and love lychee ice cream and the juice. Fresh fruit and juices have so much to offer in terms of taste and health.
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tinggi badan's picture
investigated the healthful aspects of several tropical fruits, including guava, which was shown to be high in antioxidants, total phenolics, vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Blair Harvz's picture
Excellent Blog. As a tropical fruits eater I really admire you for sharing this to us. These fruits are very rich in vitamins and the nutrients that needed in the body. Photos posted are nice. Keep it up!
Anonymous's picture
nice article. keep post like this...
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investigated the healthful aspects of several tropical fruits, including guava, which was shown to be high in antioxidants, total phenolics, vitamin C and dietary fiber.
glucomt's picture
Fruits form a important part of our diet. Different fruits have different vitamins and minerals & so they are required accordingly. So never miss fruits. Take at least 1fruit daily.
Healthful Aspects Of Tropical Fruits