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Star fruit

Star fruit, also known as carambola, is a sweet and sour fruit with a five-pointed star form. The peel is edible, and the flesh has a mild, sour flavor that makes it versatile in cooking. The fruit is packed with many necessary nutrients and has a long list of star fruit advantages in addition to being sweet and flavorful. The color of the star fruit is yellow or green. There are two sorts of star fruit: a smaller, sour variety and a larger, sweeter variety.

Ways to add star fruit into your diet

You can incorporate star fruit into your diet in various ways. It's great in salads and other light foods, it can be used as a garnish, it's great in Asian or Indian stews and curries, it pairs well with seafood and shellfish meals, or you can eat it as it is. You can also use it to make chutney, jam, or jelly, or make pies or puddings with it.

Nutrition Facts

The star fruit is low in calories but high in vitamin C, fiber, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals such as small amounts of niacin, manganese, and magnesium. One medium-sized star fruit contains:

Fiber: 3 g

Protein: 1 g

Vitamin C: 52% of the RDI

Vitamin B5: 4% of the RDI

Folate: 3% of the RDI

Copper: 6% of the RDI

Potassium: 3% of the RDI

Magnesium: 2% of the RDI

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Health benefits

Helps to keep your heart healthy

The nutrients in the star fruit help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Vitamin C protects against oxidative damage, potassium lowers blood pressure, fiber lowers cholesterol, and potassium lowers blood pressure.

Aids in the healing of wounds

Star fruit is a good source of vitamin C which is necessary for the formation of collagen and the body's ability to heal wounds and tissue damage. 

Promotes regularity

Star fruit contains fiber. FIber is necessary for regularity since it aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract and helps to prevent constipation.

Hydrating

By weight, star fruit contains more than 90% pure water. Although watermelon has a slightly higher water content (91%), star fruit is one of the most hydrating fruits and vegetables. When compared to other fruits, star fruit is a great choice for a hot and humid day or when you're thirsty after a workout.

Precaution

Due to its high oxalate content, star fruit may induce side effects in certain people. This is why it is best for people with kidney problems to avoid star fruit and its juice, or get medical advice before attempting it. Additionally, prescription drug users should proceed with caution as well. Star fruit, like grapefruit, can change how medicine is broken down and utilized by your body.

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