Botanical Roots: Why you should eat passion fruit
Stock photo of a fresh passion fruit.
Native to an area that stretches from southern Brazil to northern Argentina, the passion fruit is a tasty, tropical produce.
It grows from a vine in the Passiflora family. The oval shaped fruit grows in warm climates around the world including in the Caribbean, South America and Asia. It is yellow or dark purple when mature.
Passion fruit contains a soft pulp and lots of seeds inside a hard rind. The fruit can be consumed raw, pulped or as a refreshing juice. Its distinctive aromatic flavour also goes well when blended with other fruit juices.
What's more, the exotic fruit has a range of health benefits.
Antioxidants play a vital role in keeping the body systems healthy because of their ability to improve blood flow, especially to the brain and nervous system.
They also reduce cellular stress and reduce inflammation in the body, both of which have links to diseases, such as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Passion fruit pulp contains a lot of dietary fibre, a crucial part of a healthy diet. It helps regulate the digestive system and keep the stomach healthy, preventing constipation and bowel disorders.
According to the American Heart Association, fibre also has benefits in reducing cholesterol and boosting heart health.
Passion fruit has a low glycemic index value. This means that it does not cause a steep increase in blood sugar after eating it, making it a good option for people with diabetes. Recent research suggests that a compound found in passion fruit seeds could improve a person's insulin sensitivity. Improving insulin sensitivity can help reduce the risk of many diseases, including diabetes.
Passion fruit is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C boosts the immune system by helping the body absorb more iron from plant-based foods, and may improve the body's ability to fight off infections.
The fruit also supports heart health and eating passion fruit may help to normalize blood pressure. Diets low in sodium and rich in potassium help to decrease blood pressure.
Passion fruit is also rich in magnesium, an important mineral that scientists have linked with decreased stress and anxiety.
Some of this text was taken from www.medicalnewstoday.com