"Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be food." Hippocrates.
Sapodilla Nutrition Facts
The sapodilla (sapota) is a popular tropical fruit tree that is common to The Bahamas. A sapodilla tree can bear as many as 2,000 fruits per year. The fruit is soft when ripe, and is composed of easily digestible pulp made of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. The fruit is high in calories and contains about 83 calories per 100 gm (approximately 1/2 cup).
Health Benefits of Sapodilla
- High in dietary fiber (approximately 5.3 g/100g) which makes it excellent for improving bowel function and constipation (especially when the skin is eaten).
- Sapodilla (dilly), in rich in tannin, which is an antioxidant (poly-phenolic), which have been shown to have astringent properties, as well as potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and antibacterial effects. Hence, sapodilla may be useful as an anti-diarrheal, and hemorrhoids.
- The anti-inflammatory effect of tannins found in 'dilly', may also help conditions like gastritis, reflux esophagitis, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
- Fresh, ripe sapodilla is a good source of minerals, including iron, copper, and potassium; as well as B-vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenate, and anti-oxidant vitamin A and vitamin C. These nutrients play a significant part in a variety of metabolic pathways in the body and are essential (must come from the diet) for optimal health.
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