7 Health Benefits of Eating Dragon Fruits

7 Health Benefits of Eating Dragon Fruit

Do you know that there are at least 7 health benefits of eating dragon fruits? Perhaps a lot of you have never seen this exotic fruit before in your entire lifetime. In fact, I, myself had never really got enjoy this rather peculiar fruit until I was late in my teens. Interestingly, dragon fruits have originated from central and south of America.

The dragon fruit is harvested from the climbing cactus grown in tropical countries. They are now commercially farmed in Mexico, Central America, South America, Israel and Asia especially in Malaysia. That is why we Malaysians get to enjoy dragon fruits all year long. The fruit resembles a "dragon egg" with spikes shooting up like fire around it. Due to its rather unusual shape, it is known as the dragon fruit!

Dragon Fruit Is One of The Most Nutritious Fruits Around

Dragon fruit is loaded with lots of beneficial nutrients to help you stay healthy and fit. Due to its nutritional value, each premium, high-quality dragon fruit will usually cost you somewhere around RM8 to RM13 (US$2-US4) depending on its weight. And the more sought-after red purplish flesh variant will of course be more expensive than the dragon fruit with white flesh. So have you tried eating dragon fruit before?

Dragon Fruit Nutritional Values for 1 Serving

Dragon Fruit Nutritional Values for 1 Serving (230 grams)

  • Calories: 137 calories
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30 grams
  • Fibre: 8 grams
  • Vitamin C: 9% of the RDI
  • Vitamin E: 4% of the RDI
  • Iron: 8% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 15% of the RDI

Dragon Fruit Nutritional Values for 1 Serving

7 Health Benefits of Eating Dragon Fruit

1. Rich in Antioxidants

Dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants such as phenolic acid, flavonoids, and betacyanin. These naturally occurring antioxidants can help to protect your body cell from free radicals. In other words, eating dragon fruits can help reduce free radicals in your body which are the causes of diseases such as cancer and premature ageing.

2. Rich in Fibre

If you want to get your daily dose of fibre, you can consider dragon fruit which is really rich in fibre.  In case you didn't know, fibre is important in your diet as it helps you to increase the weight and size of your stool and soften it. In other words, you lower your risk of suffering from constipation.

How What Does A Dragon Fruit Look Like

3. It is Fat-free

You can enjoy lots of dragon fruits as they are naturally fat-free. Indulge in as many of these savoury fruits which are delectable and naturally sweet without any worry that you will be consuming too much fat.

4. Rich in Iron

If you are looking for food that can help you to boost the iron in your blood, then you should really eat dragon fruits. For the uninitiated, iron is crucial in helping our body to send oxygen to every part of our body. On top of that, the vitamin C in the dragon fruit will enhance the absorption of iron.

How What Does A Dragon Fruit Look Like

5. Rich in Prebiotics

I am surprised to find out that dragon fruits do contain prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food that the good bacteria-probiotics in our gut feeds on. hence, eating dragon fruits can promote the growth of the good bacteria aka probiotics lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in your intestines. Besides helping to digest your food, these good bacteria will also be important to help you kill those bad viruses and bacteria that will cause diseases. This health benefit alone will be more than enough for you to start eating more dragon fruits right?

6. It Lowers Blood Sugar

Research has shown that certain compounds in dragon fruits can help to indirectly lower your blood sugar. Pancreatic cells that are damaged can be repaired to restore their normal capacity to produce insulin. In other words, eating dragon fruits can protect your pancreas and boost insulin production which in turn lowers your blood sugar level.

7. Boost Your Immune System

With so many aforementioned health benefits, it is obvious that eating a few servings of dragon fruits each week will certainly help to boost your immune system. Rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, rest assured that your immune system is in good hands. So eating dragon fruits is like taking dietary supplements.

How To Eat Dragon Fruit

How To Eat Dragon Fruits (Or Drink It)

Yours truly me, is not a big fan of eating fruits but I do enjoy dragon fruits a lot as it feels like I am eating ice cream. I highly advised that you store your dragon fruits in the refrigerator. It tastes better when it is slightly chilled. You can just cut it into 2 halves and start scooping it like how you would with ice cream. Don't be alarmed if your pee (and stool) turn slightly purplish-pink after eating dragon fruit as it is completely normal. You can also make your own dragon fruit juice if you prefer to drink it rather than eat it.

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  1. I like dragon fruit! And I like No. 6! I must buy it more frequently these days. I wonder if there is any difference between the red and the white ones.

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    1. I believe the white flesh dragon fruits are the first batch that were harvested from the same tree. Subsequent fruits borne were of purplish flesh.

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    2. Red and white dragon fruits are different varieties, not from same tree.

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    3. That's what I thought as well...hmm...

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  2. I like to eat red dragon fruit more than white ones.

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    1. Yeah the red purplish variant of dragon fruit tastes way better. :)

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