Written by Lisa Allen | Edited by Dr Mark Kapnoudhis
Numerous health benefits are associated with eating fruits and vegetables.
Thousands of studies are available to support yet people in the US and in other countries are not adding enough of these nature’s gifts in their diets!
However, things are getting better, as people have started taking interest in their eating habits.
Speaking of society’s dietary preferences, today our focus will be on “Guava”, one of nature’s present for humankind.
Guavas are high in fiber and low on the calorie count.
An amazing fruit choice because it has a great taste and it is easily available in various regions of the world.
What Is Guava?
Guavas are available in winter as well as summer.
There are almost 100 species of its family (Myrtle).
Guava has various other names like amrood, pera, and amroot.
Moreover, most of the people like to add guava to their daily food intake, not only it is yummy, but also it is highly affordable for many.
It is native to Mexico, Northern South America, New Zealand, Africa, South Asia, North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, and Spain.
Thus, its cultivation is common in tropical and subtropical regions.
As far as its hue and texture are concerned, it can have rough or smooth texture; it depends upon its type, and it can have yellow or green color from the outside and white or pinkish flesh from the inside; again, it depends upon the type of guava.
Guava is completely edible along with its seeds; you do not need to discard any part of it except its stem and leaves.
Nutrition Facts (serving size: 100 grams)
- Calories: 68
- Potassium 11% 417 mg
- Dietary fiber 20% 5 g
- Sugar 9 g
- Protein 2.6 g
- Vitamin A 12%
- Vitamin C 380%
- Calcium 1%
- Iron 1%
- Vitamin B-6 5%
- Magnesium 5%
- Saturated fat 1% 0.3 g
- Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g
- Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Top 10 Guava Health Benefits
Prevention of cancers
Leaves of guava have been in use for centuries in the treatment of various diseases.
Moreover, its flesh is great for health because of the presence of Vitamin C, Quercetin, Lycopene, and Polyphenols.
These substances in guava act as powerful antioxidants that are helpful in eliminating free radicals that emerge time to time in the human body.
These elements are terrific at shield the body against the formation of the tumor cells.
Additionally, Guava has revealed its quality of decreasing risk of prostate cancer and putting a stop on the development of breast cancer cells.
Therefore, it is a great addition to a person’s diet.
A friend of eyesight
For having good eyesight, Vitamin A is great.
Therefore, this fruit can simply be awesome as it is rich in Vitamin A.
Moreover, it is believed to have a good impact on vision.
It is not only good for protecting eyesight degradation, but it is also good for improving the eyesight.
Furthermore, it has the tendency to slow down the emergence of cataracts and macular degeneration.
However, carrots are still a better source of Vitamin A but this fruit is not bad either for having some supporting actor.
Thus, to have healthy eyes, add guava to your diet.
Guava promotes better immune system
Did you know?
One serving of guava is enough to offer 350% plus Vitamin C!
Yes, you have read that right.
Why does it matter?
Vitamin C has been great for boosting immunity of the human body to an absolutely next level.
Furthermore, when you are getting sufficient amount of vitamin C, your body will be able to perform its functions in a much better way.
In a study that was conducted in 2012 in Pakistan, it has been observed that mature fruit has a better percentage of Vitamin C.
Hence, it is best to enjoy this fruit after maturation to get the most out of it.
Good for heart
This fruit is high in dietary fiber and that is why it is an excellent choice for adding antioxidant dietary fiber in the daily food consumption, as per the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
It is a common belief that dietary fiber is essential for a better digestive system.
However, good ratio of dietary fiber can be helpful in eliminating sugar, fats, bacteria and various other toxic substances.
Moreover, it can be helpful at keeping diseases like diabetes and heart problems at bay due to its potential to keep the blood pressure low.
It can also come handy for weight loss.
Rich in potassium
This fruit can naturally lower down the pressure of blood and lipids of blood due to the presence of high potassium.
Potassium is a vital mineral in the human body.
Why is it so important?
It works like an electrolyte and it has the tendency to fight back the negative effects of minerals like sodium because high content of sodium can trigger hypertension and eventually, it can become the root cause of heart diseases.
Moreover, we can say that potassium is cardinal for a healthy heart.
Additionally, potassium can actually reduce kidney stones, the risk of stroke and bone weakness.
Therefore, keeping your potassium intake in check add this delicious fruity treat of guava in your diet is a must.
Effective for acidity
Guavas work as the natural remedy for the issue of heartburn and acidity.
They are high in potassium and that is why they can easily neutralize acids of the stomach.
Moreover, guavas have the potential to strengthen the esophageal sphincter.
What Is The Best Way To Consume Guava?
There is no rocket science in it.
Guava can be added in juices, shakes, fruit bars, salads, jams, dried snacks, candies, and even in some recipes.
Thus, there are uncountable options to consume it!
What Are The Side Effects Of Guava?
Well, guava is a fruit and luckily, there are no side effects if people consume it in its original form like a fruit.
However, it may cause some problems when it is taken as a medicine or in any other form.
Warning: Pregnant and nursing women can eat it in the form of original fruit but excess consumption is not good.