Are passion fruits good for you?
What is passion fruit and is it healthy? Registered nutritionist, Nicola Shubrook, discusses this sweet and tangy fruit's top health benefits and shares her favourite recipes to enjoy them in
What are passion fruits?
Nutritional benefits of passion fruits
- 17 calories
- 0.4g protein
- negligible fat
- 2.3g carbohydrate
- 1.9g fibre
- 62mg potassium
- 229 IU vitamin A
- 5mg vitamin C
- 2.2mg calcium
- 5.2mg magnesium
What are the top 5 health benefits of passion fruits?
1. They help reduce dry skin
Passion fruit contain an active ingredient, a phytonutrient, called piceatannol which has been shown to help support healthy skin. In a 2018 study, 32 women aged 35-54 years old were given passion seed extract daily for up to eight weeks and the results showed a significant increase in the moisture content of their skin.
2. They help manage blood sugar levels
3. They may help protect against cancer
Passion fruits are naturally anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants – together with the piceatannol it gives them potential anticancer properties against certain cancers such as leukaemia, breast cancer and prostate cancer.
4. They help support healthy vision
Passion fruits contain both vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamin A (beta carotene), both of which are important in the health of our eyes, especially as we age.
5. They may help support heart health
Passion fruit recipes
This article was published on 29 November 2021.
Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.
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