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Star Apple Health Benefits

Star apple, also known as the Caimito, is an exotic fruit with a tough, inedible skin that ranges in colour from green to purple, depending on the stage of ripeness.

 

About the size of an apple, the inedible skin is glossy, smooth and leathery, and feels like a rubber ball when slightly squeezed in the palm of your hand. 

 

They come in two varieties, dark purple with light purplish to white pulp, and pale green with a milky white pulp.

 

The tender, sweet inner flesh is purple and white and has a star shape formed by seeds through the middle of the fruit.

 

Star apples serve as a good source of calcium, with each serving providing you with 10 percent of the amount you require each day.

 

The calcium lends strength to your bones and teeth, and it may also lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as cramping and abdominal bloating.

 

This fruit also contains 5 percent of the daily recommended value per serving of vitamin C and vitamin A.

 

It also contains small amount of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron.

 

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, counters bad influences of sodium.

 

Star fruits are generally used as a garnish in salads, sorbets, drinks, as well as to impart tart flavour in dishes.

 

In general, because of their high oxalic acid content and extreme tartness, they are used quite less frequently in food industry. 

 

The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber.

 

Fiber helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut.

 

The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

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