Find out why guavas are regarded as one of the most nutritious fruits
Yes, it’s guava season. Much more than a tasty treat, this attractive fruit is a real storehouse of nutrients. The nutritional content of guava includes calcium, potassium, iron, folic acid, Vitamin A and B, fibre and Vitamin C. (Did you know? Fresh guavas have three to six times more vitamin C than oranges and almost 20 times more than bananas!) All these minerals and nutrients hold great value for the body.
Guavas flourish in the cooler weather when vitamin C is really needed most. Fresh guavas are available from April to November each year, but you are also able to enjoy guavas and the health benefits they bring for the remainder of the year by eating canned or preserved guavas or drinking guava juice.
The iron and vitamin C content in guava helps prevent colds and keeps viral infections at bay. The fruit also reduces mucus, loosens cough and disinfects the respiratory tract.
Since the fruit is rich in dietary fibre, it works as a great laxative and helps form bowels which clean the excretory system and intestines. Its seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, also serve as excellent laxatives.
Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining fluidity of blood. Since guava is rich in fibre and hypoglycaemic, it reduces blood pressure.
Being rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre guavas are quite filling and easily satisfies your hunger. According to the SA Guava Producers’ Association guavas are the perfect snack since they’re low in kilojoules in comparison with other fruits and treats.
For more information, visit www.guavaproducers.co.za.