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Passionfruit

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Vit C

For every 100 gm of the pulp, it contains 30 mg of Vitamin C, and meets 50 per cent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), important as an immunity booster.

Passiflora

Vit B6 & B3

Vit A

Vitamins riboflavin (B6) and niacin (B3) regulate thyroid activity, iron and folate aid haemoglobin formation.

The fruit is also a storehouse of Vitamin A, 12721 IU that serves as an antioxidant helping prevent cancer.

LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX

Generous as this fruit is, its low glycaemic index and high fibre content help maintain the insulin levels in diabetics.

The Miracle Fruit

Relaxing remedy. The benefits of passion fruit flowers are widely known: in antiquity, the Aztecs used them for their relaxing effects. It is all thanks to a substance called passiflorine, a natural tranquillizer.

Quick science lesson on antioxidants: Antioxidants work by prohibiting the oxidation of another molecule. Oxidation is the process whereby an element loses an electron, which in turn can produce free radicals. Free radicals start chain reactions in the body, which can cause damage or death to cells. Damage or death to cells can lead to visible signs of aging in the body, including the skin. Antioxidants prevent oxidation by inhibiting oxidation, because they themselves become oxidizied.

Nutritional facts. The fresh pulp is composed of water (73%), carbohydrates (22%) and a negligible quantity (2%) of proteins. An excellent source of vitamins A, B (especially the yellow variety), C and E, it also contains calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus (one single fruit contains as much phosphorus as two or three bananas!).

Nutritional facts. The fresh pulp is composed of water (73%), carbohydrates (22%) and a negligible quantity (2%) of proteins. An excellent source of vitamins A, B (especially the yellow variety), C and E, it also contains calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus (one single fruit contains as much phosphorus as two or three bananas!).