Guava Fruit: the Secret Vitamin C source you never knew, better than the Citrus Orange

Guava Fruit- More Vitamin C than Citrus Orange

Botanical Name: Psidium guajaba

Common name: Guava

Guava fruit, guava seed, climbing guava trees… bet once upon a time enjoying a piece of the guava action for most people was more out of fun than the need to keep up with our ideal daily fruit requirement! So, how about we rekindle some guava zeal in you by learning a bit about how #healthylicious a single guava fruit is.

Nutrient Composition per 100g edible portion of Guava Fruit

Energy 51kcal
Protein 0.82g
Carbohydrate 6.48g
Fat 0.6g
Vit C 184mg
Potassium 284mg
Fibre 5.4g

 

Did you know Guava fruit has over four times the amount of Vitamin C in Orange?

Vitamin C: To most people, Vitamin C (or Ascorbic Acid) literally seems to be synonymous with the citrus fruits family (Orange, Tangerine, Lemon or Grapefruit) but is not incorrect; but guess what: 1 Guava fruit contains over 4 times the quantity of vitamin C in an Orange fruit!

The guava fruit is very rich in Vitamin C which is concentrated in its pulp that surrounds the seed just below the peel. So instead of always taking vitamin supplements, why not go for some fruits rich in vitamins? One guava which may weigh 100g can provide three times the RDA for vitamin C for an adult.

A little brief about Vitamin C

About Vitamin C- Close Me

Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamin requirements for our bodies. But Vitamin C (and Vitamin B) are uniquely classified as water-soluble vitamins which means that  they are not like the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K which are stored by our bodies and therefore, we must consciously take them in by eating Vitamin C rich foods in our meals. Vitamin C is needed because it helps to boost our immunity, it is fundamentally necessary to build/repair our body tissues, and it also has some anti-oxidant properties which helps to ward-off damaging free radicals in the body. Lack of Vitamin C in the body typically manifests as open sores in the mouth, called Scurvy.

Dietary Fibre: Guava also contain appreciable amount of soluble dietary fibre which can help in good bowel movement and of course lower cholesterol in people with hypercholesterolemia. This also comes in very handy as a healthy snack even for anyone on a weight-loss diet because of its easy satiety.

Anti-Oxidants: Guava fruit also has some appreciable content anti-oxidants as proven by a study done in India where guava is seen often regarded as a poor man’s food. Of course as already noted earlier, its vitamin C content is an added advantage.

Guava fruits thrive in tropical regions hence their abundance in sub-Saharan Africa where its trees acts as sun shades in addition to providing a natural playground habitat for kids. Most Africans simply enjoy guava as bites of the raw fresh fruit eating it whole all the way down to its seed-filled pulp. Talking about guava is enough reminder about its peculiar aroma that makes it desirable…

Which Guava fruit do you enjoy more: The White or the Red (Strawberry) Guava?

 

 

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