The Benefits of Cherimoya

Cherimoya is a nutritious tropical fruit.

Cherimoya is a nutritious tropical fruit.

Cherimoya, also called custard apple, is a tropical fruit with a custard-like texture. You can scoop out the flesh and eat it with a spoon, make it into a juice or mix it into fruit salads, ice creams, smoothies or other desserts. These delicious fruits are nutritious, providing fiber, antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, all of which are beneficial to your health.

Vitamin Content

Eating a cup of cherimoya fruit will provide you with 20 milligrams of vitamin C, or 33 percent of the daily value; 0.4 milligrams of vitamin B-6, or 21 percent of the DV; and 0.2 milligrams of riboflavin, or 12 percent of the DV. Vitamin C is important for healing wounds and making the collagen necessary for forming your blood vessels, skin, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. You need vitamin B-6 to form red blood cells and to keep your metabolism and immune system functioning properly. Riboflavin is necessary for healthy vision and nervous system function.

Mineral Content

While cherimoya contain small amounts of all of the essential minerals, they are a particularly good source of potassium. Each cup of cherimoya contains 459 milligrams of this mineral, which is 13 percent of the DV. Potassium is important for keeping your blood pressure levels normal and for keeping your heart, muscles and digestive system working correctly.

Fiber Content

Where cherimoya really stand out is their high fiber content. Each cup of this fruit contains a whopping 4.8 grams of dietary fiber. This is 19 percent of the DV of 25 grams. Fiber is important for keeping your digestive tract healthy, lowering your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and filling you up so you are less likely to overeat.

Antioxidant Content

Antioxidants help limit damage to your cells by free radicals, thus lowering your risk for heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Cherimoya flesh, juice and peel all have an antioxidant effect due to the antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, that they contain. The juice and the inedible peel show more of an antioxidant effect than the flesh, according to an article published in "Food Research International" in August 2011.

 

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