Exotic looking pinkish-red skin and a seed-speckled, purple-red pulpy flesh. Sweet taste.
• Good source of fibre
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
Dragon fruit is low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds such as polyphenols, carotenoids and betacyanin’s.
This exotic fruit contains the antioxidants of vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and betalain, which studies have related to diets that are high in antioxidants, potentially reducing risk of chronic diseases.
Helps Build and Heal Cells
Vitamin C is essential for good bone structure, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels, promoting wound healing, in addition to possibly helping to prevent disease.
Vitamin C must be consumed in the diet because our bodies are unable to make it naturally.
Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron, and dragon fruit is one of the rare fruits that contains iron – about 1 mg per 6-ounce serving, or 7% of the daily value.
Dragon fruit is rich in flavonoids, one of the many types of antioxidants that can help in repairing cell damage caused by oxidative stress which aids in the lessening of inflammation,. In turn, this can help the body ward off chronic diseases.
Dragon fruit’s high supply of vitamin C and carotenoids may offer immune-boosting properties.
Improves Digestive Health
Dragon fruit contains prebiotics, which potentially improves the balance of good gut bacteria and possibly the easing of symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. They also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut which is associated with a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
The fibre in dragon fruit aids in boosting satiety, improves digestion and bowel regularity and may help in the lowering of blood cholesterol. Fibre provides many health benefits and with the current guidelines suggesting to consume approximately 20 to 35 grams of fibre daily to maintain good digestive health it has just become easier and more achievable – eat more of the delicious range of gofruits.
Some research in animals demonstrates that dragon fruit can improve insulin resistance and lowers blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes. Dragon fruit is also associated with reducing blood glucose levels in people with pre-diabetes, rather than type 2 diabetes.
How to enjoy Dragon Fruit:
The way to enjoy delicious dragon fruit is to make sure they are perfectly ripe. An unripe dragon fruit is green whilst a ripe one is bright red. If there are too many bruise-like blemishes on the skin it may indicate the dragon fruit is overripe. Dragon fruit should be soft but not mushy.
Using a sharp knife, cut the dragon fruit in half lengthwise, then:
• scoop out the fruit with a spoon, or cut it into cubes by cutting vertical and horizontal lines into the pulp without cutting into the peel.
• push on the back of the skin to expose the cubes and remove them with a spoon or your fingers.
Dragon fruit is quite simple to prepare, so to enjoy this yummy exotic fruit add them to your salads, mix them into your smoothies, your yogurt or just snack on them fresh.