Even though the name is passion fruit, what is actually consumed is the seeds of the passion fruit. This unique fruit has a sweet and sour taste and is refreshing.
There are two types of passion fruit that are commonly found in Indonesia, namely purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) and yellow passion fruit (Passiflora flavicarpa). Purple passion fruit has a smaller size than yellow passion fruit and tastes sweeter.
Know the Benefits of Passion Fruit
In 1 passion fruit, contained about 80-100 calories. Passion fruit contains a variety of nutrients that are important for the body, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, fiber, iron, and potassium.
In addition, this fruit also contains several other nutrients in small amounts, such as riboflavin, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, and folate. This content is what makes passion fruit a healthy fruit.
The following are some of the benefits of passion fruit that are good for health:
1. Fight free radicals
Passion fruit contains many antioxidants. Several types of antioxidants found in passion fruit are polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamin C, and piceatannol.
The antioxidants in this fruit play a role in protecting the body’s cells from the bad effects of free radicals. Excessive exposure to free radicals in the long term can increase the risk of premature skin aging, heart disease, and cancer.
2. Strengthening the immune system
Fruits and vegetables, including passion fruit, contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, and polyphenols that act as antioxidants. Nutrients and antioxidants in passion fruit can strengthen the immune system, so you are not susceptible to disease, especially infectious diseases (such as flu and colds).
3. Healthy digestion
Passion fruit is one of the fruits with high fiber content. One passion fruit contains about 2 grams of fiber. Thanks to this content, passion fruit can help improve digestion and prevent constipation.
Not only that, but there are also several studies that state that passion fruit is also useful for preventing the recurrence of asthma symptoms, maintaining ideal body weight, maintaining eye health, preventing obesity, and lowering cholesterol.
However, some of the health benefits of passion fruit above are still limited to small-scale research studies. Until now, further research is still needed to ensure the medical benefits of passion fruit as a treatment.