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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Fruit Nutritional Values

May is the month of flowers.  It is a month of fruits, too.  In the Philippines, tropical fruits are exported abroad.  Mango, pineapple, banana, avocado and papaya are commonly the variety fruits available during the month of May.  I know that a lot of you eat these fruits frequently and so i elaborate here these fruits nutritional values.

Mango is the national fruit of the Philippines. It is called the "food of the gods" in the Hindu Vedas and the leaves are ritually used for floral decorations at Hindu marriages and religious ceremonies.

The mango is an excellent nutritional source, containing many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as enzymes such as magneferin and lactase which aid in digestion and intestinal health. The mango is rich in provitamin A and carbohydrates and is an acceptable source of vitamin C. Don't you know that in some parts of southeast Asia and the Muslim world it is used as a supplement for sexual potency?

Pineapple is high in fiber. It also contains good amounts of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and a digestive enzyme called bromelain. Fresh pineapple is the perfect ending to a dinner because its enzymes aid digestion.  The pineapple is also rich carbohydrates and is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, and thiamine.

Banana is a good source of vitamins A, B, and C and riboflavin.  It has the highest calorie content. It is low in protein and fat and rich in potassium. Easy to digest, it constitutes an excellent food for young and old alike and is recommended for athletes.

The papaya has high quantities of vitamins C and A as well as potassium and calcium. It is low in carbohydrates.Papaya pulp is a good addition to a marinade because its beneficial enzyme, papain, is a meat tenderizer. It is a recommended fruit to people with digestive problems.

Pick your choice of fruit now and remember their nutritional value.

1 comment:

Jojo said...

Sarap naman....thank you for the delicious info.