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Reasons for eating Star Fruits

Updated on April 9, 2016

Star fruit is a small-medium sized sweet and sour fruit. It is a unique tropical fruit. Its name is star fruit because it has five pointed star shapes. It’s another name is Carambola. The unripe star fruits are sour and the ripe star fruits are sweet. It grows well between the months of September and January. It is a great source of Vitamin A and C.

As per the USDA National Nutrient database, 100g Star Fruit contains 12µg Folates, 0.367mg Niacin, 0.017mg Pyridoxine, 0.016mg Ribofalvin, 0.014mg Thiamin, 61 IU Vitamin A, 34.4mg Vitamin C, 0.15mg Vitamin E, 2mg Sodium, 133mg Potassium, 3mg Calcium, 0.08mg Iron, 10mg Magnesium, 12mg Phosphorus, 0.12mg Zinc.

The scientific name of Star Fruit is Averrhoa Carambola. It’s another name is Chinese Gooseberry.

Health Benefits

A literal one-stop medicine shop star fruit is used all over the world as a home remedy for hangovers and sunburns. Star fruits work very well on coughs, fever, ulcer and sore throats. Flowers of the sweet star fruit are good for treating coughs in children. The leaves of star fruit can be used to treat stomach ulcers, pus-filled skin inflammations and boils.

Star fruit is a good source of Folic Acid which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Star fruits help to prevent colon cancer. It provides a good amount of dietary fiber which helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

A decoction of leaves and roots of star fruit can help to cure headache, ringworm and chickenpox. The decoction can be prepared separately or in combination.

It is commonly believed that star fruits stimulate the flow of milk. Sometimes the first time mothers find that they are not producing enough amount of milk. Star fruit is one of the best solution for them.

Low fats, high water content, composition containing minerals and high fiber make star fruits a well-deserved snack in weight loss dietary program.

Star fruits contain folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine which help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as various synthetic functions inside the body.

We can add star fruits to fruit salads. We can use star fruits for tarts, preserves, chutneys and stewed fruits. We can use star fruits to garnish chicken, pork, fish dishes and beverages. We can add star fruits to our fruit smoothies. We can read fine cooking magazine to get star fruits recipe.

Star fruits salad

It has been proved that star fruits and its juice are very harmful for kidney. It has a very high concentration of oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient compounds which interferes with absorption and metabolism of several natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium etc. Anyone can be the victim of kidney failure by eating star fruits and its juice, especially a person with renal complaint should not eat star fruit.

Star fruits have many benefits so we can eat star fruits as required. But it should be adequate, not excess.

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