Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Magic of Guava

Guava is known as a ‘superfood’. It is high in pectin, antioxidants, fiber, nutrients and has 4 times the vitamin C in oranges.


Oranges, Grape Fruit, Lemon

The guava is a tropical fruit, green in color that changes to light yellow as the fruit ripens. Some varieties have pink flesh with small seeds, while others are white with either seed or seedless.

How to eat Guava?

The whole of the guava fruit can be eaten including the rind. Removing the seeds is optional.

Slice it and dip in soya sauce or a little salt and sugar. Drinking guava juice is also excellent. The only problem is that juicing guava at home can be troublesome because the fruit tends to be hard. It is perhaps best to buy, preferably juice without sugar added.

Another wonderful way is to include guava in salads. Chop up in small bits and include it as ingredients to your salads.

Some also include guava in their dishes such as in making curries.

With all fruits, guava is best eaten raw.

Health Benefits of Guava

1. The guava fruit is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C.

When compared to citrus fruits such as the orange, the guava has over four to five times the Vitamin C of the orange.

2. The guava fruit is also rich in calcium, Vitamin A and B, as well as iron, foliate, and has very high fiber content.

3. Guava help to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure

4. Eating guavas also improves blood circulation and therefore plays a role in strengthening the heart.

5. Guava is excellent in preventing as well as treating scurvy, asthma, acidosis, congestion of the lungs, as well as aiding in the treatment of prolonged menstruation.

The guava is a small fruit which makes it the ideal snack to have in between your meals.

Guava is wonderful for weight watchers as it is low in calories (about 70) and high in fiber and water content which is great for low fat diets.

Happy Teaching and Cooking!