Guava (jambu) which has a Latin name psidium guajava is a tropical fruit that is very familiar in Indonesia. Guava trees can be found easily in people’s houses, especially villages. Under a burning sun in the dry season, is a very pleasant thing to eat guava fruit freshly picked while sitting under its tree.
Guava has a sweet taste, while some of them are rarely sour. It has pink flesh inside, but there is also white one. Its seeds are hard and small. However, now there are varieties which taste very sweet and almost seedless.
Nutritional Substances of Guava
Guava is very rich in vitamin C, higher than oranges, and much higher than the kiwi which touted as the king of vitamin C. In addition to fiber, especially pectin as a soluble fiber, guava also contains minerals such as manganese and magnesium, as well as essential amino acids such as tryptophan and phytochemical efficacy as ellagic acid, linoleic acid, and corbigen acid.
Nutritional facts on 100 grams of guava
- Energy 49 cal
- Protein 0,9 g
- Fat 0,3 g
- Carbohydrates 12,2 g
- Fiber 5,6 g
- Calcium 14 mg
- Phosphorus 28 mg
- Iron 1,1 mg
- Vitamin A 25 IU
- Vitamin B1 0,02 mg
- Vitamin C 87 mg
Benefits of Guava
Rather than its sweet and refreshing taste, it turns out guava is also beneficial to health. Here are some of the guava goodness’ for health
1.Coronary Heart Disease Reliever
Potassium level in guava helps the heart beat calmly. Ellagic acids, linoleic acid, corbigen acids, and fiber able to bind fat as well so that the formation of plaque, which is the main cause of coronary heart disease, can be avoided.
Pectin fiber on guava plays role as lowering blood glucose levels, so that it can be consumed by diabetics conveniently.
Enriched by vitamin C and flavonoids makes guava have strong antioxidant characteristic that can inhibit the production of nitrosamines, cancer-triggering substances. Vitamin C in blood also encourage the selenium to obstruct cancer cells, particularly lung, prostate, breast, and colon cancer. Lycopene in guava is able to detain the oxidation of fats thus preventing cancer.
Other important benefit of its richest vitamin C inside is that the fruit can boost the immune system. It is recommended to consume guava when you are suffering from strep throat or the flu, because its vitamin C will heal such infections rapidly.
Fresh and Healthy Guava Beverage For Family Ingredients
- 2 or 3 mid size of guavas
- 500 ml water
- 10 tbsp frambozen syrup
- 5 tbsp of sugar
- ice cubes as needed
How To Make Guava Juice
- Take the flesh and put the seeds aside, add water then blend all of them. You can also chop up the fruits into pieces , but they should be filtered to eliminate the seeds completely .
- Put some sugar and frambozen syrup into it, then blend until smooth.
- Then pour the guava juice in some glasses and serve cold. Add some ice cubes as you like.