The Guava is a superfruit which is native to southern Central America and Mexico where it has been a prevalent crop for centuries. Guavas are members of the Myrtle and Eucalyptus family, growing throughout the tropics on small trees with smooth, copper-coloured bark.
Guavas are soft, sweet, and fragrant when ripe. Typically guavas are small and round or oval, with varying colours from yellow to pink to dark red, depending on the variety. Each guava fruit contains a large number of tiny, edible seeds at the centre.
- Contains a plentiful supply of fibre which regulates your digestive system and protects the colon by binding to the toxins and moving them out of the body. (1)
- Should be eaten with the skin, as this is where high concentrations of vitamin C and antioxidants are found which combine to increase resistance to infections and scavenge free radicals in the body. (2)
- The high vitamin C content assists the absorption of vitamin E which helps to reduce the oxidation of Low-Density Lipids (bad) cholesterol and promotes High Density Lipids (good) cholesterol. (3)
- Nutrient-rich in omega-3 and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids which are hugely beneficial to the growth and development of the brain. (4) (5)
- High in folate (vitamin B9) which helps in the prevention of pregnant women developing tube defects. (6)
- Supplies the phytonutrient lycopene, which in pink guava has been found to protect the skin against UV rays and help prevent prostate cancer. (7)
- Contains more potassium than a banana, which is important to regulate heart and blood pressure rates. (8)
- A source of vitamin A which is essential for maintaining healthy mucous membranes and skin. (9)
Guavas Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||8|
|Total Fat||1 g||1%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrates||14 g||5%|
|Dietary Fibre||5 g||22%|
|Vitamin A 12%||Vitamin C||381%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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