We’re used to hearing that tasty and healthy rarely go together, but these tropical fruit easily prove otherwise. In rain forests and tropical climates around the world grow treasures rich in both nutrients and taste – meet 8 easy to come by exotic fruit that really pack a healthy punch.
Remember: Consume these fruit in their raw form, not as dried fruit (high in sugar) or as canned.
This fruit comes to us straight from the Amazonas area and was brought to the rest of the world by hikers from other countries. The asai is a type of palm tree with a small purple fruit that is considered a ‘antioxidant bomb’. The extremely high level of antioxidants the asai contains have made it a very sought after anti-aging tool, in addition to its exotic taste. Additionally, the asai is a fruit that is rich in protein and contains Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids. Due to its low sugar content, it is also safe for diabetes patients to eat.
The guava mainly grows in the Caribbeans and the nations of South and Central America. In addition to vitamins, potassium and fiber, the guava is also a rich source of potassium, an element needed for a variety of biological processes in the body. The guava contains anti-bacterial materials as well as substances that lower the blood sugar levels. It is also known to relax clenched muscles and aids the digestive system.
The mango may not be so exotic in all places, but it originally comes from the rain forests of India and China. Like other tropical fruit, the mango is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber, as well as antioxidants. The mango fruit also contains a lot of iron, crucial for burning energy and every action the body takes. Almost every part of the mango tree can be used for medicinal purposes.
This wax-textured, star shaped fruit is not very common, but can still be found in specialized fruit shops. It comes from the tropical climates of South East Asia. Each fruit is about 40 calories and is a great source of vitamin C essential for the immune system, especially during the winter, as well as a fantastic source of vitamin A, which is known to improve sight and skin function.