Guava is a tropical fruit that can be prepared in cocktails, sauces, sweets, salads, smoothies and many other recipes. It is recurrent in kitchens both for its flavor and for the benefits it can bring to health.
Below we share the benefits of eating guavas in the morning for the body and what are the properties of this fruit that make it an ally to start the day in the best way.
High content of vitamin C
According to Dr. Mercola’s website, guavas provide 628% of the daily value of vitamin C that the body needs, that is, it contains 228.3 milligrams of this nutrient per 100 grams. When someone consumes this vitamin they are strengthening their immune system, thus reducing the risk of suffering from respiratory diseases or flu, according to the Bayer international laboratory.
Vitamin C not only helps strengthen the immune system, but is an ally as an antioxidant to keep free radicals that are formed in body processes, such as metabolism, according to the Vivo Sano Foundation. The organization Aidsinfonet mentions that these free radicals easily react with molecules in the body and can damage cells. If they damage DNA cells, they could develop cancerous mutations.
Therefore, having large concentrations of vitamin C within its composition, guava is an ideal fruit to prevent the damage of these free radicals, making it a natural way to prevent cancer.
Helps improve digestion
Guava contains 5 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fruit, which makes it a mild laxative that will help speed up your metabolism. Starting the day with fiber is necessary for good intestinal health, as it helps prevent hemorrhoids, constipation, and even colon cancer.
According to the Nepalese Institute of Medicine, men need 38 grams of fiber per day until age 50 and then only 30; while women should consume up to 25 grams from 1 to 50 years and later only 21 grams daily.
Guava has a high effect to reduce blood glucose both in people suffering from diabetes and in healthy people, that is, it helps in the prevention and control of glucose.
This tropical fruit is a food that can be consumed by people with diabetes by only having 14 grams of carbohydrates in every 100 grams of guava. Because it does not contain so many carbohydrates that they end up being converted into glucose in the blood, its intake is beneficial for people with this chronic disease.
Guava and pineapple juice recipe
To start the day in the best way, a guava and pineapple juice can be the best ally. It takes three guavas, two thick pineapple slices, a cup of water or oranges to squeeze their juice, and a tablespoon of honey.
The first thing is to wash the fruits meticulously. Remove the center of the pineapple and then peel it together with the guavas. Squeeze the oranges if you decide to use the juice instead of the water.
Then blend everything and strain. If necessary, sweeten with honey. It is important to consume it immediately to take advantage of the vitamins and fiber.