Dragon Fruit – Try Something New
Over the holiday season, nurse Jessica tried something new and wanted to share some great information about how good this unusual looking fruit is for you.
Pitaya, more commonly known as dragon fruit, is one of nature’s most unique plants. It is indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam.
What does it look & taste like? Dragon fruit has a pink, red, or yellow skin and white or red flesh. It has scale-like leaves (similar to an artichoke) and small black edible seeds. It’s flavor is sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear with a crunchy texture.
The fruit is easy to prepare. First slice the dragon fruit lengthwise. Then you can remove the flesh, and peel the skin. Make sure that you only eat the flesh containing the seeds, and discard any remaining skin, as the skin tends to be bitter.
First slice the dragon fruit lengthwise. Then you can remove the flesh, and peel the skin. Make sure that you only eat the flesh containing the seeds, and discard any remaining skin, as the skin tends to be bitter.
Dragon fruit is full of antioxidants in the form of phytonutrients. It contains carotene, proteins, vitamins, polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and B vitamins (which assist with carbohydrate metabolism).
It is also a great source of calcium (to help develop strong bones and teeth), iron (to help you form healthy red blood cells), and phosphorus (which promotes tissue and cell growth, maintenance, and repair).
A phytochemical called Captin is also present in dragon fruit. It is typically used in medicines that can help alleviate heart problems. Other benefits include boosting the immune system, promoting quicker recovery from wounds and bruises, and reducing the risk for respiratory problems.
Eating dragon fruit helps your body maintain its normal function by assisting to eliminate toxic heavy metals and improving eyesight! It contains Lycopene which has been linked with a lower prostate cancer risk. Seed extracts from dragon fruit are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) which help reduce triglyceride levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dragon fruit contains fructose, a type of sugar that may be harmful to your health if consumed in excessive amounts.
Dragon Fruit Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: O mg
Total Carbohydrates: 9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 2 g