Starfruit, Obesity and Diabetes

In the tropical area, especially in Brazil, Starfruit or Carambola is commonly seen in a backyard gardens and small orchards that grow in the size of 22 t0 33 feet. Its fruit has a unique shape and its name originate from its shape.

Starfruit or CarambolaIn Brazilian homes, carambola tree is present in their yards, thus eliminating the need of shopping in the market when the recipe at hand calls for carambola. Because of exotic star-shape when sliced, often this fruit use in garnish, sits on the rim of the cocktail glass and perches on the edge of a salad bowl. However, the value of starfruit is more than invigorating and sparkling up the dishes. Studies show that unique fruit-shape, it has many health benefits.

The primarily cause of Diabetes Type2 is obesity. As of 2008 according to World health organization 65% of population is obese. They need to lose some weight to avoid any complication that it may bring.

That is the reason why many researchers extend their curiosity in carambola fruit and because of vigilant searching, they’ve found out the following benefits of the fruit.

  • Starfruit contains very low calories about 33 calories and fats. This means that diabetic patient is allowed to consume the fruit and good for the person who is weight conscious.
  • Excellent source of dietary fibers that helps prevent LDL cholesterol absorption instantly. Protects the colon’s mucus membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to bad chemicals in the colon.
  • High in Tannin control intestinal processes and had been found to be an effective cure for diarrhea.
  • Starfruit is rich in Vitamin C that boost the immune system as well as the Vitamin A. they are also antioxidant that protect cell from damage. It helps to prevent heart disease.
  • Prevents muscle cramps and improve blood circulation in muscle tissue because of its high potassium content.
  • It has a good source of calcium, which helps prevent in developing osteoporosis.
  • For the finale, one study reveals that star fruit has insoluble fiber-rich fractions that effectively adsorb glucose, delay glucose diffusion, and defer the release of glucose from starch. Through this, the postprandial blood sugar concentration will decrease and the effect of it is to help maintain diabetic clients in their blood sugar.  But the patient who has a complication of nephropathy is never eating this fruit to avoid aggravation.

Nutrition Facts

See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:
Star fruit (Averrhoa carambola), raw, Fresh,
Nutritive value per 100 g,
ORAC value-5900
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Energy

31 Kcal

1.5%

Carbohydrates

6.73 g

5%

Protein

1.04 g

2%

Total Fat

0.33 g

1%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

2.80 g

7%

Vitamins

Folates

12 µg

3%

Niacin

0.367 mg

2.25%

Pyridoxine

0.017 mg

1.5%

Riboflavin

0.016 mg

1.25%

Thiamin

0.014 mg

1%

Vitamin A

61 IU

2%

Vitamin C

34.4 mg

57%

Vitamin E

0.15 mg

1%

Vitamin K

0 µg

0%

Electrolytes

Sodium

2 mg

0%

Potassium

133 mg

3%

Minerals

Calcium

3 mg

0.3%

Iron

0.08 mg

1%

Magnesium

10 mg

2%

Phosphorus

12 mg

2%

Zinc

0.12 mg

1%

 

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