7 Stupendous Reasons To Eat More Sapodillas
Written by: Angelique Johnson
Manilkara zapota, also known as sapodillas, are large, evergreen, forest trees that are native to southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. They were first introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonization and are also grown in India, Thailand, Malaysia and other Asian countries.
The fruit is known by many other names such as mispel, zapote, nispero, dilly and sapoti. The flavor has often been described as a pear dipped in brown sugar due to its texture and rich sweet taste.
But besides being a fabulously tasty treat, did you know that research has shown that sapodillas actually have amazing medicinal properties as well?
Here are 7 of those amazing properties:
1. Help Prevent Anemia
Anemia is a condition that occurs when your blood doesn’t have enough hemoglobin, also known as red blood cells. Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type. Without enough iron in your diet, your body cannot make enough red blood cells. Symptoms can include brittle nails, pale skin, dizziness and shortness of breath.
Including sapodillas into your diet is an amazing (and delicious) way to help prevent anemia. Sapodillas are rich in iron and eating them can help you get the 19.3-20.5mg/day you need if you’re a man or the 17.0-18.9mg/day if you’re a woman.
2. Protect Against Colds, Flus And Infections
It seems as though these days the microbes that invade your body and get you sick are getting stronger and stronger and the flus are lasting longer and longer. Not to worry, though, sapodillas pack a microbe fighting punch! Sapodillas are packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help fight sickness and help you recover faster if you are sick.
3. Great For Heart Health
Antioxidants are powerful components of many fruits that can help fight off preventable diseases such as heart disease. Research has shown that antioxidants like vitamin E and carotenoids (such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin) can help prevent DNA damage and fat accumulation around the heart.
Sapodillas are loaded with these antioxidants. In fact, they contain more antioxidants per serving than strawberries, guava and dragon fruit.
4. Help You Poop Regularly
Life is too short not to have a great poop everyday! Fiber is an important carbohydrate to include in your diet to help keep your bowels moving. Fiber cannot be digested by the body like other carbohydrates, so it helps move food through your intestines to help prevent constipation.
You typically need to get anywhere between 25 to 35 grams of fiber everyday and most people usually eat half of that amount. Sapodillas are extremely rich in fiber. One half cup serving contains a whopping 6.4g of fiber!
5. Can Prevent Many Cancers
Anthocyanins are antioxidants known as flavonoids that help to prevent many types of cancers including colon, breast, oral, esophageal, skin, lung and gastrointestinal. They help to induce apoptosis (or cell death) in cancer cells, reduce inflammation and stop cancer cells from growing and spreading.
Research has shown that sapodillas are rich in anthocyanins. In fact, sapodillas were found to have more of these cancer fighting antioxidants than many other fruits have combined!
6. Amazing For Weight Loss
Want to lose a few pounds? Start eating sapodillas! The best way to lose weight is to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Because sapodillas are low in calories, they’re an excellent way to cut back without having to sacrifice flavor. Plus, their rich fiber content helps to keep you fuller longer to help fight cravings, making it the perfect weight loss enhancing treat.
7. Slow The Aging Process
Remember all those powerful antioxidants mentioned before? Yep, they’re also amazing for helping slow the aging process. Antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and protect against DNA damage and vitamin C is important for helping to create collagen, an important protein that helps encourage youthful skin.
These antioxidants in sapodillas have been found to slow the aging process and also to help encourage wound healing.
Try using sapodilla as a natural sweetener in plain cooked oatmeal or in a healthy shake. Need ideas? This sapodilla shake is both healthy and tastes very similar to a caramel flan!
Were you surprised at how many amazing benefits sapodillas have? What do you call sapodillas where you are from? Let me know in the comments below!
- 1 ripe sapodilla fruit, cut in half and deseeded
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- 6 frozen whole strawberries
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Scoop out the sapodilla pulp from the rind into your blender.
- Add the ice, chocolate almond milk, vanilla almond milk, and strawberries.
- Blend until smooth.
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Angelique Johnson is a nutritionist from Miami, FL. Through her own journey in weight loss, she discovered her love for health and nutrition and realized she wanted to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. Angelique has been featured as a nutrition consult on CBS4 Miami News and is a published author on many online health sites. She is passionate about debunking diet rumors and showing her clients how to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food.
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