Know about Exotic Fruits
By mia green
It is often said that fruit is nature's candy. And, although that may be true given the yumminess of fruit, the one thing fruit certainly has over candy is the health benefits.Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are just some of the essential nutrients we gain from fruit consumption. However, recent studies show that certain exotic fruits can impact out heart health tremendously.
When preparing an exotic fruit basket, It is important that one includes the nutritious fruits. They should be well selected, arranged and decorated. They should be very attractive and be able to portray the message or theme that one intends to portray.
Papaya - Native to Central and South America, papaya is the best known source of papain - an enzyme that is very efficient at breaking down protein (it's so good that it's used in meat tenderizers!) - and well, it's also a great natural way to stay "regular". Loaded with potassium, folate, and vitamin C.
Pineapples contain some substances that help your body melt the fat away. Many weight loss pills and products contain pineapples extracts. Before you go out and buy a truckload of pineapples, I must warn you that not all people succeed to lose weight with the pineapple diet.
Carambola is a word you've probably never heard, but I bet you've seen them a couple times per year. They're greenish - yellow and are usually labeled star fruit because they look like a star. They taste a bit like apples, but are tart-ier and crunchier.
The acai berry has been used for thousands of years by the natives of the Brazilian rainforest who believe that this particular fruit has extraordinary healing powers. Modern science has revealed a large number of beneficial nutrients.
Dragonfruit, at least when shipped to Canada, are relatively tasteless and seem not be worth the time or money. However, dragonfruit are claimed to be extremely nutritious.
Musika is a pod-like finger shaped fruit that has a tangy taste of sweet and sour.It has brown seeds coated with the pulp that holds the flavor of this fruit. Its trees are easily found in Livingstone and you can also find this fruit at the markets in Livingstone.
Guava - The skins can be yellow, green and sometimes red and the white flesh contains gritty seeds. The flesh should yield slightly to pressure but avoid blemished fruit. Guavas are aromatic, acidic and sweet - slice them into salads, or use them in jams, jellies, sauces, sorbets and smoothies. Serve pureed guava with meat or poultry.
Mangosteen contains a high concentration of antioxidants from xanthones. Studies have shown that xanthones can induce apoptosis (cell death) in tumors, leading some to believe that mangosteen may one day be used in treatments of cancer.
Acerola - Resident of the West Indies and Puerto Rico and may already be familiar with the fruit known as the Barbados cherry. Indeed, the acerola fruit resembles a large cherry in shape and color, though it is not of the same family. Used in Caribbean cuisine, the acerola is high in Vitamin C and believed to have more potency than orange juice.
We must remember that unlike processed foods and pharmaceutical medications these fruits carry no toxic side effects. The human anatomy can recognize and utilize the entire bio-nutrient package offered by these exotic fruits.
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