African Star Apple (agbalumo in Yoruba) is a popular seasonal fruit normally consumed with its flesh in Nigeria. African star apple is both delicious and low in calories, making it a power-packed favourite.
Naturally, it’s advisable to let the fruit fall to the ground before harvesting but it is common practice for people to pluck it from the tree even when it has not ripened fully. This is one of the major reasons for its sour taste and slapping sensation when it is consumed.
However, when the fully ripe agbalumo is consumed, it is sweet, lush, and sensitises the taste buds of the eater. To crown it all, it is highly nutritious.
From the prevention of mouth gum disease to the tackling of toothache as well as sore throat, the benefit of consuming Agbalumo goes on and on.
Here are lists of some of the health benefits.
- Natural Remedy
The agbalumo is a natural remedy for toothache, constipation, sore throat, and much more. Also, the bark of the tree according to research was used traditionally to treat yellow fever and malaria, while the leaf treated wounds, stomach aches, and diarrhea. In some parts of Nigeria, the seeds are used to treat vaginal and skin infections.
- It helps weight loss
For people who count their calories, Agbalumo might be the fruit you’ve been waiting for. Studies have shown that a serving of Agbalumo contains just 67 calories; thus making it a good option for people with weight issues as they get fewer calories intake in the process of consuming it.
- It prevents Heart Disease
Frequent consumption of the fruit can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol thereby preventing or managing heart diseases.it is a very good recommendation for those with heart problems.
- Rich in vitamin C
Agbalumo contains a high Vitamin C content i.e. 100g of the fruit gives about 25mg of vitamin C. This helps protect the body against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. It is also helpful in maintaining the healthiness of your gum, preventing sprue and gum disease.
- Good for Pregnant Women
The acidic taste of Agbalumo help prevents the urge to vomit when experiencing morning sickness.
Note: As with all fruits and food, moderation is key. Do not consume Agbalumo excessively because it could lead to heartburn. Before including it in your diet, ensure you contact your physician.
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