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Arhat Fruit Health Benefits

Arhat fruit, is also called han guo (Chinese fruit) and la han guo (pull sweat fruit) without sugar. The skin, juicy part and seeds all have a good sweet flavour. Its nature is cool, and it has no poison.

 

For eating, the dried fruit is cut into half and put into a bowl. Then boiling water is poured on it.

 

The water is decanted after two to three minutes and then drunk like juice.

 

The fruit is seldom used fresh anyway, due to the problems of storing it; further, the raw fruit has unattractive flavours and a tendency to easily form off-flavours by fermentation; also, its pectin eventually gels.

 

So, it is common to dry the fruits for any further use, and this is how they appear in Chinese herb shops.

 

The fruits are slowly dried in ovens; the drying process preserves the fruit and removes most of the objectionable flavour of the fresh fruit, which is associated with volatile components.

 

Unfortunately, the drying also causes the formation of bitter, astringent flavours.

 

The fruit helps relieve sunstroke, moistens the lungs, eliminates phlegm, stops coughs and promotes bowel movements.

 

It contains glucose and a type of sugar 300 times sweeter than ordinary sugar.

 

Diabetics can use this as a sweetener. As an infusion, it quenches thirst, and in high summer, it is also used to treat heat stroke. It is also a good sugar substitute in drinks, cakes and candies.

 

There are lots of nutrients in fruits that are important for health.

 

This includes fiber, vitamins, minerals, as well as a plethora of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

 

Fiber, especially soluble fiber, has many benefits. This includes reduced cholesterol levels, slowed absorption of carbohydrates and increased satiety.

 

The nutrients in fruit are vital for health and maintenance of your body.

 

The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.

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