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Apple Of The Tropics

A few guavas in season keep the doctor away

2/2/2016 2:58:58 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Come winter and markets in India are filled with this sweet-smelling and tasting green fruit. The round or pear shaped seasonal fruit may have a white or pink pulp with hard seeds in it, but it is such a powerhouse of nutrients that has become popularly known as the apple of the tropics.

The guava is believed to have originated in Central America or Mexico and was later spread across the world by man and nature. In India, it was introduced by the Portuguese in the early 17th century.

What makes guava special is that the crop does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.

Here are more details of its goodness:

Weight loss: Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. 

Diabetes: The high level of dietary fibre in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body. 

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