Nutritional Benefits Of Lychee Fruit

Lychee has a taste that is unique enough to justify its royal status. Extremely popular with the masses and elite alike, lychee also boasts of a lot of health benefits in tradition and offers great nutritional value.   The flavour and taste of LYCHEE is matched by its nutritional benefits as well as the legends associated with it.
Nutritional Benefits of Lychee Fruit
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Lychee is not only a very tasty fruit, it is also a rich source of nutritional elements. The more one learns about it, the more you fell in love with it, just like the emperor’s mistress who patronized and made it a royal fruit in China. Its medicinal use varies from conditions like simple cold to anti cancer properties.

 

The flavour and taste of LYCHEE is matched by its nutritional benefits as well as the legends associated with it.

Chinese history records that Emperor Li Longji's favorite concubine Yang Gufei was so crazy about lychee that to keep her in good humor,

the Emperor had to get it transported by the royal messengers who rode day and night to deliver the fresh fruits around a thousand kilometers from South China, where it grew, to Beijing. Its localized production was also the reason why it was preserved and traded in dried form. Prof G. Weidman Groff, to whom we owe much of our recent awareness about the history of the fruit, preferred calling it 'lychee' because it is the closest pronunciation to its original name in Cantonese. From South China, its cultivation spread to India which became its second largest producer. It was introduced to the West by Pierre Sonnerat (1748 to 1814) on return from his travel to China and Southeast Asia. It reached Hawaii in 1873, Florida in 1883 and California in 1897.

The Nutritional Benefits of Lychee Fruit

Lychee belongs to the soapberry family. The sweet pulp is rich in calories and vitamin C, which account for its major benefits. 100 gm of fruit provides 64 calories and around 40 to 70 mg of Vitamin C, making it an ideal food supplement in common cold, and other seasonal ailment where it serves to provide much needed calories to a person unable to consume proper meals, helps in building immunity by the strong dose of vitamin C, and also acts as an appetizer by its taste and mineral content, It is rich in potassium, with every 100 gm providing 170 mg of it, and also provides valuable quantities of potassium and calcium apart from

traces of iron.

Since 100 gm of it contains only about 16 gm of carbohydrate and merely 3 mg of sodium, it is almost an ideal food substitute for carbohydrate and fat rich fast food and non-vegetarian snacks for those struggling with obesity, high blood pressure or depression induced eating behaviors. For all these persons, it is preferable to consume it fresh and not in canned syrup, as the later is richer in calories. The canned variety can be a healthy snack for those wanting to avoid foods rich in fats and cholesterol. The dried fruit is also a good source of calories, minerals and vitamins. Lychee is advocated in persons having cough, due to its high vitamin C content. It is also said to relieve symptoms of stomach ache.

Medicinal & Nutritional Benefits Offered By Other Parts of Lychee Tree

The pulp of the fruit is the edible part, but other parts like seed, root, bark and flowers are also used for various medicinal purposes. Even the honey harvested from hives near lychee plantations in Florida is of highest quality and delicious in taste and does not granulate. Its seeds or nuts are used as pain reliever in Indian and Chinese indigenous medicine, and is often used in neuralgic pains. The seed also has an astringent action and is used in Indian medicines for intestinal troubles. The tea of fruit peel is used in China in Chicken pox and diarrhea. The roots and bark of the tree are used as concoctions for relieving ailments of the throat. In a study in United States Department of Agriculture / National Cancer Institute Cancer Chemotherapy Screening Program, Lychee roots have shown some anti-cancer properties in experimental animals.

All in all, while you savor the taste of this royal fruit, you can have that added satisfaction of doing something good for your health ..... a feeling that is not always there with the things you wish to eat to drink. Healthy taste... healthier living!



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