We all know that fruits are indispensable. It’s natural goodness and high fiber, mineral, water, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients content, keeps us well. However, there are some uncommon facts about fruits that you might not know. Here are some:
Watermelon is among the best fruits to eat during summer as its 95% water content and electrolytes fight the scorching sun. The red pulpy portion of the fruits is an enormous source of vitamin A, lycopene and glutathione peroxidase whereas the white rind, which is mostly discarded, contains Citrulline, which promotes heart health. Even its edible seeds are relatively rich in protein and lipids.
Muskmelons are an excellent source of phytochemicals (Vitamin A and C) and most of us are aware of this, but a lesser-known fact is, it is rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD), which combats stress in the human body.
Kiwi is highly rich in vitamin C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids. Its numerous edible seeds work as a natural blood thinner. It has protein-dissolving enzymes called actinidin, which helps in digesting proteins. You should avoid kiwi with milk or other dairy products as it dissolves milk.
It is an exotic fruit that works as an antidote for heart ailment because of punicalagin (an antioxidant compound present in it). Pomegranate seeds are great in inflammatory fighting ellagitannins, anthocyanins and quercetin. Pomegranate peel extract or rind is packed with phenolics, proanthocyanidins, and flavonoids, which are used to treat diarrhea, intestinal parasites and dysentery.
All citrus fruits are synonymous to vital force and vitamin C. You often are lured with its rich vitamin C content and grab orange juice for its convenience of consumption, but what you may not know is that ascorbic acid present in orange juice gets oxidized when exposed to light and air, and forms dehydroascorbic acid, which is highly unstable and further breaks into 2,3-diketo-L-gulonic acid. It is best to eat citrus fruit as a whole.
Raw papaya is a meat tenderizer and has a powerful digestive enzyme called papain/pappi nase, which breaks down tough meat fibers. Marinating meat with raw papaya yields soft textured meat. Papain is also anti-inflammatory. Consuming unripe papaya is a large amount, can cause abortion.