Monday, March 19, 2012

Passion Fruit

What do you do when winter lasts to long?  I buy exotic fruit:)  My mom recently returned from the Caribbean and shared with us her story of passion fruit smoothies.  Apparently the woman that gave her this passion fruit smoothy has given this same drink to her children. Because passion fruit lowers blood pressure so much she can only give her children a certain amount.  This lady also told my mom that when her children drink this smoothie, they end up taking 3 hour long naps.  Now we're talking!  Bring on the passion fruit! :) Ha! Ha!  What's the most exotic food you've tried?

    Benefits of Passions Fruit 
    • Passion fruit is a very rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber. 100 g of fruit has about 100 calories.
  • This fruit is a great source of good dietary fiber.  Good fiber in your diet helps remove the bad cholesterol from your body.   The fruit is a very good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit pulp contains 10.4 g of dietary fiber.
  • It's a great source of vitamin C; provides about 30 mg per 100g.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • This fruit provides a good amount of vitamin A which help with vision and protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Passion fruit is also very rich in potassium; providing about 350 mg of potassium in 100g of the fruit.  Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. 

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