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Atemoya Fruit Health Benefits

Atemoya is hybrid of cherimoya and sugar apple. This fruit is popular in Taiwan, where it is known as the “pineapple sugar apple”, so is sometimes wrongly believed to be a cross between the sugar-apple and the pineapple.

 

Atemoya has many health benefits; it is beneficial for weight loss, lowers blood pressure levels and increases the body’s energy levels.

 

The fruit is generally eaten fresh. The flesh is sometimes added in ice creams and desserts.

 

Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods like atemoya, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements.

 

The fruits are generally green or light green in colour, and turn yellowish green as it ripens.

 

Fruits are round or oval shaped and around 7.5 to 12 centimetre in size. Atemoya trees may have multiple blooms, with the main bloom from April through June and a smaller bloom during July.

 

Fruit are harvested from August to October and sometimes during December and January if no frost occurs and leaves remain on the tree.

 

It weighs around 250 – 470 grams. The outer surface of the fruit is not smooth.

 

Atemoya seeds contain toxins and must be removed before eating. If the seeds get damaged, its toxins may reach the flesh.

 

This fruit can be kept in a refrigerator for at least a month, but to gain maximum health benefit, its better if consumed fresh.

 

It is very good in vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant.

 

Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

 

It is also rich in potassium; a good potassium level in the body helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and thus, counters the bad influences of sodium.

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