5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF PASSION FRUIT
We all know that fruit is an essential part of any healthy diet, but did you know passion fruit is one of the best fruits you can eat? That's right - passion fruit!
This gem - which tastes similar to cantaloupe and is one of the nicer smelling fruits around - is native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Unfortunately, it is one of the more overlooked fruits when it comes to the North American diet. Below, we'll aim to show why this shouldn't be the case.
So what makes passion fruit so powerful? Let's take a look at five of the reasons passion fruit should be a part of any health-conscious diet.
1. High in Antioxidants
First of all, passion fruit is packed with antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Antioxidants are important for decreasing the amount of so-called free radicals in your body. Free radicals are thought to be responsible for a whole slew of problems, from skin damage related to aging or even cancer - therefore, making sure you're getting enough antioxidants is certainly worthwhile!
2. Helps Heart and Circulatory Health
Passion fruit promotes heart health in more ways than one. Some of the antioxidants it contains help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, for instance.
Additionally, the potassium in passion fruit can relax blood vessels and so reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. Potassium is also important in regulating your heartbeat, and so passion fruit can help keep problems like arrhythmia at bay.
3. Improves Digestive Health
Passion fruit is high in fiber and, as we all know, fiber is important for keeping our trips to the bathroom regular. Being regular also helps reduce cholesterol levels by ridding the body of it.
Most people, unfortunately, don't get enough fiber - this is a huge problem that the stalwart passion fruit may help to alleviate. Research shows that diets high in fiber reduce the risk of various diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
4. Promotes Bone Health
Passion fruit has a high concentration of important minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium, among others. These can help keep your bones as dense as they should be and ward off potential problems like osteoporosis.
5. Can Help Those with Diabetes
For multiple reasons, passion fruit is an ideal fruit for those with diabetes.
For one, it has a low glycemic index, meaning it doesn't spike blood sugar much after consumption.
Secondly, its high fiber content can help you feel more full, meaning it's less easy to overeat.
Finally, passion fruit can even help reduce insulin sensitivity, as suggested by research.
All of this proves that those who are passionate about great-tasting, healthy food should definitely consider adding passion fruit to their diet. It's great for children, adults, and seniors.
We were so enamored with the passion fruit that we decided to create a whole drink around it! IRIE Gulp comes in a variety of flavors, including passion fruit, and drinking it ensures that you get a healthy, tasty serving of this South American treasure. Whether you're relaxing at home or commuting to work, our unique health drinks pack the punch of some of the most healthful fruits on the planet.