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When it comes to fruits, everyone likes to have their usual apples, bananas and oranges. These no doubt have amazing benefits to them – however there is so much variety of fruit out there that it would be a shame to not take advantage of any of it. In this article, let’s take a look at our top 5 tropical fruits, their nutritional benefits, and ways you can use them.
Mangoes are a great source of protective antioxidants, which reduces the damage caused by oxidative stress. Also, the Vitamin A which we find in mangoes is required for the growth of all cells –thus promoting healthy skin and hair. Mangoes can be eaten raw, while there are several dishes – both savoury and sweet, in which mangoes are used.
Among its many benefits, papayas aid in digestion due to the high amount of water and fibre content within them. Furthermore, the enzymes found in them help break down foods, and even protect the tissues which line the digestive tract. Additionally, a medium-sized papaya has more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Papayas can of course be eaten raw, grilled, and even be used in salads, salsa and smoothies.
Of our top 5 tropical fruits, this may be the best - as it’s considered the ‘king of all fruits’ in Southeast Asia and for good reason too. It has a number of health benefits such as aiding digestion, instantly boosting energy, strengthened immunity, and improved skin and hair texture. The nutrition doesn’t stop there. Durian fruit contain a good amount of other minerals like potassium, iron, calcium and others. While it does give off a quite pungent smell, don’t let that stop you from giving it a go! Durian fruit can be eaten raw, and its naturally sweet flavour can be utilised in cakes, pastries, custards and much more.
Jackfruit is great for those who suffer from high blood pressure, as its high amount of potassium controls this and lowers the chances of heart attacks, strokes, etc. Jackfruit can even help those suffering from insomnia, as its rich amount of magnesium and iron help in improving your overall quality of sleep. Additionally, green jackfruit makes a great substitute for chicken and duck in vegan diets, while many savoury dishes can be found online applying it.
Besides their great-tasting sweet flavour, pineapples may in fact help with arthritis. There are of course many types of arthritis, however most of them involve inflammation of the joints. Since pineapples contain bromelain (which has anti-inflammatory properties), pineapples may provide relief for the inflammatory pain. Pineapples can be eaten raw and also in several dishes, both sweet and savoury.
The world is host to countless delicious fruit, with heaps of nutritional benefit. Make sure to try out not only our top 5 tropical fruits but all the others the world has to offer. Freshen up your daily diet and provide the nutrition your kids need to grow to their full potential.
This article contains general information regarding health and well-being. This information is not intended as advice and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to advice from medical or educational professionals.