So today to my great excitement I saw this beautiful fruit in the market and of course I had to not only buy it, but discover all I could about it.
Below is my experience with the fruit, some pictures and some facts about the Dragon Fruit (I believe it gets it’s name because it looks like the head of a dragon)
The peel came off pretty easily once you cut into it. the flesh is mostly water, sort of like a watermelon but a little more dense. It has small sesame size back seeds that are easy to chew and don’t interfere with eating the fruit. It has a mild sweet flavor and very refreshing to eat. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. I’m going back tomorrow to get some more while they have it. I bought then for 2.99 a lb. for 2 fruits I payed a little bit over 7 dollars, not bad for an exotic fruit like this.
You can see the peel in the background, it just came off very easily.
Dragon Fruit Nutrition Information
- Dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants. They help to prevent the formation of carcinogenic free-radicals.
- Dragon fruits are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C ensures bruises and cuts heal faster and helps improve the general immune system.
- Vitamin B2 acts as a multi vitamin to recover and improve loss of appetite.
- Vitamin B1 plays an important role in the production of energy as well as metabolizing carbohydrates.
- Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by moisturizing and smoothing it.
- The seeds of the fruit contain high polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Dragon fruits help excrete heavy metal toxins from the body.
- They help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Regular consumption of the dragon fruit works great for asthma and cough.
- Carotene helps maintain and equally improve the health of the eyes.
- The proteins from the fruit enhance metabolism of the body.
- The fruit serves as a food substitute for rice, for the diabetics. Read more on fruits for diabetes.
- They protect the environment by absorbing CO2 at night and releasing oxygen to purify the air.
- Dragon fruit can be used as cosmetic and health material, with functions of improving eyesight and preventing hypertension.
- It is good material of beverage, delicious vegetable dishes, having high nutrition, low heat, rich vitamin C, may be processed to be all kind of drinks
- Dragon fruit can be cultivated easily. It has strong root and is good at water conserving, heat and drought resisting. So planting dragon fruit is low cost.
- Dragon fruits are rich in minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Calcium reinforces bones and helps in the formation of healthy teeth. Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.
- The fruits are low in calories and high in fiber. They help to avoid constipation by acting as natural laxative. They help to improve the overall digestive health. The fiber enhances the digestion and reduces the fat.
Dragon Fruit Nutrition Facts
The typical nutritional value per 100 g of dragon fruit is as follows:
- Fiber 0.9 g
- Calcium 8.8 g
- Fat 0.61 g
- Carotene 0.012 g
- Niacin 0.430 mg
- Phosphorus 36.1 mg
- Ascorbic Acid 9.0 mg
- Protein 0.229 g
- Water 83.0 g
- Ashes 0.68 g
- Iron 0.65 mg
- Riboflavin 0.045 mg
Consumption of 1.5 oz of a dried dragon fruit, equates to almost eating a full pound of the fresh dragon fruit. It is beneficial as all the necessary and important dietary fiber, micro nutrients and vitamin C are still in abundance in a dried dragon fruit. This was all about the dragon fruit nutritional value. Here follows the information about dragon fruit calories.
Dragon Fruit Calories
As seen above dragon fruit is low in calories. 100.0 gm of 1 tropical dragon fruit contains about 60 calories. So it can be included in weight loss diets.
I hope the above information about dragon fruit nutrition facts helps you to make way for the new, aptly-named super fruit, the dragon fruit! Dragon fruit is the latest entrant to the world of super fruits.
Source of information: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/dragon-fruit-nutrition-facts.html