Passion fruit is a tropical fruit native to South America. It is a beautiful and quirky fruit with a thick purple and yellow skin that has a juicy and seed filled inside.
This small tropical fruit has an incredible nutritious profile. It is rich in polyphenols, which are plant and fruits micronutrients usually involved in protection from radical free, known as antioxidants. It also contains flavonoids, minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins, such as Vitamin A (carotenoid) and Vitamin C.
Benefits of passion fruit also include:
- enhances digestion power
- boosts immune function
- improves eyesight and skin health
- a high content of carotenoid and vitamin C (in fact 1 cup of passion fruit provides around 70mg of vitamin C.)
Let's delve deeper into the nutritious benefits of this food!
Low in calories and has a low glycmic index (GI) and high fibre content.
This makes a great fruit to maintain insulin levels. The sugar from passion fruit is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, which prevents sugar crashes, sugar cravings, and mood swings.
Helps improve digestive health.
It has a high fibre content of around 25 grams in 1 cup. Hence, it takes care of many problems that arise due to poor digestion, and regulates bowel movements, increasing bowel flows.
Increases immune function.
Since, passion fruit is highly rich in Vitamin C, beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene that will give an extra boost to your immune system. It also provides a fair amount of iron, 1 cup contains about 4mg of iron, enhancing the haemoglobin in our red blood cells.
Younger looking skin.
The high content of antioxidants will help to maintain a healthy youth skin. Passion fruit has many types of antioxidants in it like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, riboflavin and carotene. Vitamin C helps the skin producing collagen. The anti-inflammatory properties of passion fruit also tend to soothe our skin.
To conclude, passion fruit is not just a delicious fruit, it has several health benefits and should become a part of a varied and rich diet whenever it is available.