Dragon fruit is called ‘Motipal‘ ‘cactus fruit’ and pitaya. it is a tropical fruit that is very tasty and which is also very beneficial for our health.
This fruit grows in a variety of cactus plants and is actually considered to be the fruit of South America.
It was brought to Vietnam by the Spanish people around 100 to 150 years ago, where it was kept as a decorated fruit.
And when the people of Vietnam people liked this fruit, they started farming. In fact, today time 90% of dragon fruit is exported through Vietnam all over the world.
The special farming technique is used because it is a species of cactus that cannot stand on its own and needs support.
So a concrete pillar is the best option (which is very cheap or lasts for many years)
- It has plenty of nutrients but it’s especially known for its vitamin C it’s full of antioxidants or phytonutrients that can boost your immunity
- The dragon fruit plant is about 20 years old.
- The flower of the dragon fruit plant blooms only at night.
- It tastes somewhat similar to watermelon or kiwi fruits.
- This fruit has calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamins B, C, and carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
- Dragon fruit is very good for diabetes patients because it contains fibre which is helpful for diabetes patients.
We all know that this cactus fruit is a superfood, but what makes it a superfood? its nutritional content is high in vitamins C, E, iron, magnesium, etc.
Dragon fruit or ‘pitaya’ so here are the nutrient facts of a serving of 100 grams.
Energy: 50 calories
Protein: 12 grams
Total fat: 0.21 – 0.61 grams
Dietary fibre: 0.8 – 0.8 grams
Vitamin C: 8.0 – 0.9 mg
Iron: 0.55 – 0.65 mg
Thiamin: 0.28 – 0.043 mg
Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
This fruit is low in calories, but high in fibre and provide a good amount of vitamin and minerals.
Fight against free radicals
Oxidative reactions produce free radicals that can relate to chronic diseases.
This fruit has antioxidants such as betanin, and flavonoids where they result to reduce the ageing process, and bad cholesterol, and also prevent cell damage.
Promotes good digestion
Research suggests this fruit contains prebiotics (it is a specific type of fibre that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut) and the effects of oligosaccharides.
It also promotes bifidobacteria and lactobacilli growth of healthy bacteria that assist with diarrhoea prevention and nutrient absorption for your gastrointestinal tract.
Dragon fruit contains prebiotics, which can potentially improve the balance of good bacteria in our gut.
Good for diabetic patients & cardiac stress
The study found out dragon fruit was effective to reduce aortic stiffness, especially in diabetic subjects.
Dragon contains a good amount of fibre that helps our body to regulated blood sugar levels.
If you want to protect yourself from diabetes type II then you should consume this fruit in your diet.
Eating dragon fruit can reduce the risk of thrombosis & shows the rate of plaque formation which works to decrease coronary inflammation.
Empowers your Immune system
Vitamin C and carotenoids in dragon fruit boost your immune system and protect against damage to white blood cells.
More vitamin C means that your body is capable of fighting deadly infections that you might be prone to.
You just have to do one thing add this fruit to your daily diet and stay healthy.
Keep our hearts healthy
This cactus fruit is loaded with fibre and antioxidants they both contribute to keeping the heart healthy and young.
They fight against plague clogging up the arteries and maintaining blood circulation in the body.
Promote healthy bones
It can contribute to bone health in many ways such as joint pain, and quick recovery from injury.
Even the magnesium present in it helps in the health of strong bones.
Just you have to do one thing add dragon fruit to your daily diet it’s definitely very good for your health.
Varieties of dragon fruit
There are three main types of dragon fruit among them:
- White flesh with pink skin
- Red flesh with pink skin
- White flesh with yellow skin
The taste and nutritional benefits of the fruit are the same, regardless of colour.
As we all know this fruit is a superfood containing a lot of nutrient compounds.
however, some people have come to know that when they use it, the colour of their urine or faeces turns red. and in some users, it can also cause diarrhea.
And yet, some more dangers of dragon fruit have not been revealed, but some people may see an allergic reaction and redness in the skin.
It is a tropical fruit that is very tasty and which is also very beneficial for our health.
Today time 90% of dragon fruit is exported through Vietnam all over the world.
Risk of dragon fruit Some people have come to know that when they use it, the colour of their urine or faeces turns red.