Guava vs Apple! Which is the most nutritious? The most well heard proverb that strikes to everyone mind is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Would you be surprised if guava keeps the doctor away longer than a apple? Which means guava had more nutritional properties than an apple!
This poor man’s humble fruit is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C containing 4 times more than an orange, 3 times more protein and four times more fiber than a pineapple, 2 times more lycopene than a tomato and slightly more potassium than a banana!
Undeniably, it is the fruit which got enough appreciation from our grandmothers.
The scientists from Indian’s National Institute of Hyderabad found anti-oxidant concentrations of just 500 miligrams per 100 grams in guava, 135 mg in 100 grams of pomegranate, 330 mg in plums.
Apples have a quarter of antioxidants in guavas while bananas-the fruit of athletes contains only a tiny fraction of 30 mg per 100 grams. Guava is called the nutritious super food!
Guava may not be a favourite fruit for everyone because of its seeds in between but I challenge you that you will give up the hate against guava after you get surprised with the 15 amazing benefits of guava.
Diving straight into the topic!
Here a picture of the Nutritional value a guava has!
1. Diabetic Friendly
Guavas always takes place in the diabetic diet chart. They have more fibre content and a low glycemic index which means that it is digested gradually and affects a gradual rose in blood sugar level.
It is also low in calories which is an additional factor to cause obesity which increases the risk of diabetes.
But at the same time,Guava peel increases blood sugar!
Scientists from Allahabad found that the skin of guava fruits are high in simple sugars like glucose which increases blood sugar level immediately. So the best way to consume the fruit is to peel off the skin!
2. Improves Eyesight
Majority of youngsters are suffering from poor eyesight in today’s world!
Even my class had a strength about 40 girls. 38 girls worn spectacles except two girls!
And we was nicknamed as the “class of spectacles” in our school! Wish we could have a guava fruit supplier in our own class since I was in boarding school.
Guava is a well known booster for vision health since it is a rich source of Vitamin A. It not only prevents degradation of eyesight but also improves eyesight!
Even though, they are not rich in vitamin A as carrots, they are still a good source. They reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
3. Weight Loss
Guava is a filling snack. Due to their rich fibre content,they satisfy the appetite very easily. Want to loss few kgs? Eating a raw guava is one of the way!
4. Want A Radiant Skin?
How could anybody say know for a flawless, radiant skin? Guava which are a loaded source of vitamin A and C, lycopene and beta-carotene which helps to reverse the aging and stay away from wrinkles.
5.Improves Body Tone
Guava has astringent properties and unripe guavas even more higher. They increase the tome of the body, reduce elasticity and tighten the facial muscles.
6. Improves The Brain Function
Guava is a good source of Vitamin B3 called niacin and Vitamin B6 called pyridoxine. They play an important role in improving the blood circulation and cognitive functions and nerve relaxation.
7. Treats Constipation
Guava are a loaded source of fiber which supplies 12% of the daily requirement intake.
8. Immunity Booster
As I mentioned before, guavas has four times more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C boost up our immune system and build resistance to infections causing microbes.
Collagen is a type of protein which is one of the most essential structural protein that helps is maintaining the blood vessels, organs, bones etc. The healthy guava fruit helps in the synthesis of collagen.
9. Good For Pregnant Women
Today, no one will have crossed their antenatal period without the consumption of folic acid and iron supplements right?
Guava an excellent substitute.
It contains a high amount of folic acid ( vitamin B9) which helps in the proper development of nervous system.
10. Fights Flu And Cough
It is rich in vitamin C which fight against infections. Treat yourself with decoction of guava leaves and it will be effective.
11. Maintains A Steady Heart Rate
This fruit contains more potassium than banana which maintains a steady heart rate.
12. Relieves Toothache And Oral Ulcers
Guava leaves are used to relieve toothache and oral ulcers since they have excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
13. Relieves Diarrhoea And Fever
Tea made up of its leaves cures diarrhoea and fever. A study from 2015 found that guava leaf extract help to control diarrhoea in chickens with E.coli.
14. Lowers Blood Pressure
Drinking guava leaf extract may help lower high blood pressure.
A 2016 test tube study have found that the leaf extract actually had a antihypertensive effects on rats, which means it has the potential to reduce blood pressure.
15. Test On Osteoarthritis
Some research undergone with animals shows that guava leaves extract can cure Osteoarthritis.
Researchers have found that rats with induced osteoarthritis were protected against cartilage destruction after consuming this extract.
Still a lot of research is going on this to find a conclusion.
Come on my dear parents! Instead of filling your children’s colourful lunchboxes having faces like Barbie and Ben 10 with potato fries and creamy cakes, cut a few pieces of this supernutritious guava fruit! Let’s grow your kids healthy from now!