Guava is one of the most eaten fruit in the tropical and sub tropical areas of the world. It is popular in Indian sub continent, middle east, Caribbean and Americas. They are found in various sizes depending on the species. They can be colored differently such as green, yellow or maroon depending on the stage of development or the species.
Guavas are meaty and also filling. If you have two guavas you won’t be hungry for next few hours.
Nutritional Value in Guavas
Guavas are full of nutrition. They contain almost all Vitamins from A to K and are also good source of trace metals such as Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium.
Fiber in Guava
Guava contains around 5.5 grams of fiber per 100 grams which is quite a good ratio. If you suffer from constipation, you would find that you can get rid of constipation if you consume guava regularly. This is due to the fiber which is present in guava. One note of caution. Many people have allergy to the guava seeds and they may have stomach aches. So it is better to remove the seeds if you have the allergy.
Health Benefits of Guava
Àcts as Laxative – The fiber in the fruit helps in quicker and easier elimination of waste thus keeps the bowels clean.
Good Source of Vitamin C – Vitamin C is present in good amount in guava. This helps in building the immune system and keeps are disease free. Vitamin C also removs the free radicals which can cause cancer.
Good Source of Vitamin A and Flavonoids – It contains flavonoids such as beta carotene and lycopene which have anti oxidant properties and keep us healthy. Lycopene keeps the skin healthy and protects is against outside elements such as sun rays.
Good Source of Potassium – Potassium is present in very good amount and it helps in protecting against high blood pressure and keeps the heart healthy.
How To Have Guava
Guava is generally consumed ripe however some people also prefer it to be little raw. You can eat is whole or cut it into small pieces and add to salad or custards.