Fruits, the most nutritious, the most scrumptious and the healthiest options to consume are loved by almost everyone. From a wide range of mangoes, pears and melons, fruits have everything to suffice the nutritional needs of all. And, the most you can make out of fruits is by having them during the season. We might love to have oranges or guava as and when they’re cultivated and grown during the season. Yet, we tend to miss out on having selected fruits like the star fruit or the Jamuns, probably because of their different and not-so-likeable tastes. Here are the fine points about a few more fruits that you might be avoiding (due to any reasons) which in actual, you should be consuming-
Also known as Carambola, star fruit is a tropical fruit that belongs to the family of citrus fruits and is packed with the goodness of Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. It has a mixed, sweet and sour taste and is low in sugar content which makes it a perfect low calorie snack. Every 100 grams of this fruit has 30 Kcals. It can be eaten raw or combined with smoothies, fruit chaats and juices.
Star fruit is highly fibrous and is stocked with Vitamin A, V and C and is beneficial in improving skin texture, hair growth and purifying blood. Due to its fibrous and antioxidant contents, the fruit actively participates in treating constipation and acnes and sun burns. It is twice as helpful in treating cough, colds, nausea, and indigestion, and also helpful in curing hangovers. Last but not the least, star fruit also helps in lactating mothers which aids in increasing the milk flow.
Precautions with Star Fruits
In case you have a renal (kidney) problem, then you must avoid the fruit. Due to its oxalic acid contents, it induces hiccups, nausea, vomiting, agitation, insomnia, mental confusion and convlusions which may occur within five hours of consuming the fruit.
Prefer to buy slightly yellowish and soft fruits with no signs of bruising.
Also known as Jambuls, Jambolan and Jamblang, Jamuns belong to the family of evergreen tropical tree. Its oblong shape and color gives it a unique yet black grape like look and if often mistaken with blueberries. 1 jamun gives around 3-5 Kcals of energy. It is best consumed when fresh. Throughout the world, it is consumes in different forms like jams, jellies, squashes, vinegar, beverages, pickles and wines.
Jamuns have a high content of iron and are very good for heart and liver. Its seeds are rich in alkaloids and are useful in controlling diabetes. It is also used to treat digestive diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, stomach infections and ulcers. Stocked with iron, Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin C, Jamuns are beneficial in improving immunity and bone health, treating oral health problems and are also good for treating renal disorders and breaking kidney stones.
You must always consume jamuns after the meals. However, there are no such drawbacks of consuming Jamuns except for those who are allergic to it. People who suffer from vomiting or bloatedness and feel uneasy after consuming Jamuns, must consume buttermilk with salt and ginger immediately. You MUST NOT consume milk after eating Jamuns, wait for at least 3-4 hours.
Choose that are large, plump and soft and avoid fruits that are shrunk and blemished.
Avocado/ Butter Fruit
Native to Mexico and central America, Avocado or the butter fruit is known in India and belongs to the flowering family of Lauraceae. It might surprise you that Avacado is also grown largely in various parts of Kerela, hilly slopes of Tamil Nadu, Coorg and Maharashtra. The fruit has a creamy texture and is stocked with antioxidants, Vitamins and helps body in absorbing fat soluble nutrients like alpha and beta carotene and lutein. Every 100 grams of Avocado contains around 160 Kcals and is used in making dips, smoothies, spreads (with herbs) and can be eaten raw.
Proven to be beneficial in boosting cardiovascular health, Avocado promotes blood sugar regulation and has anti-cancer properties. Antioxidant contents present in it are good for the eyes, help in relieving symptoms of arthritis while help in boosting the health of skin and hair and can also be used as the face mask.
Though avocado contains good fats, but over consumption of the butter fruit may lead to weight gain.
When buying avocados, press them gently near the tip and check if they are soft. If it’s too hard they’re not good to be consumed and if they’re over ripe ones, they are often not good on taste.
Wood Apple/ Bel/ Vilam Pazham
Native to the Indian sub-continent and various parts of east China, Bel fruit belongs to genus Limonia while the name of it comes from its appearance. It has a woody shell within where lies the pulpy fruit. Bel smells wonderful while it tastes very much like the tamarind; it is sweet, pungent, lemony and acidic with a pleasantly fermented aftertaste. It is consumed as Jam, chutney and is also combined with coconut milk to make smoothies and beverages. Every 100 grams of fruit contains about 140 Kcal.
Bel comes with the goodness of anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties which are useful in promoting digestive health, curing digestive disorders, avoiding constipation, destroying stomach worms and treating peptic ulcer. It has high nutrient value and has detoxifying properties that help in purifying blood which makes it a good fruit for the kidney and liver. Furthermore, it aids in replenishment and repairing of the muscles, energizing the pancreas that aids in production of insulin, and also is effective in treating aches.
Wood Apple should be avoided during pregnancy as it may lead to flatulence, stomach upsets and constipation, esp. when consumed in larger quantities.
Choose the ones that are well colored and do not have a musty smell to it. it should have a fresh odor and should be blemish free. Prefer to buy fully ripened fruits, hard ones cannot be consumed.