Why this winter fruits is good for you!



Custard Apple is one of those very few seasonal fruits which are liked by many, from kids to elderly people. Custard apple, known as sitaphal, is high in nutrients and delicious in taste. Custard apples are used as dessert, nutritious snack, smoothies, shakes or natural ice-cream. Custards contains minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, iron (9% of RDI per 100 g) and manganese. Custards compose of more vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free-radicals from the body.

Custard apple is moderate source of B-complex vitamins, especially vitamin B-6. High B-6 levels in the blood helps calm down nervous irritability, tension, and headache ailments. It is one of the right kinds of fruit to stay healthy. Custard Apple or Seethaphal is high in calorie content but contains minerals like iron, phosphorous, calcium and riboflavin. Custard apples are a well-balanced food containing protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, energy and little fat. A single custard apple contains approximately 237 calories but has a low glycemic index and load. The fruits are also rich in copper and dietary fibre, both of which are essential to keep your digestive tract healthy. The presence of fibre aids in digestion by making stools softer and helping in peristalsis which is the movement of food. Also, magnesium present in custard apples help in curing indigestion problems and prevent constipation.

Custard apple does wonders during pregnancy as well. Custard apples are regarded as wonder-fruits for pregnant women as they help them to cope with mood swings, morning sickness and numbness. It helps develop the brain, nervous system and immune system of a fetus effectively. Regular consumption of custard apple also reduces the risk of miscarriage during pregnancy and minimizes the extent of labor pain during childbirth. Custard apples also act as coolants, stimulants and expectorants. These fruits are good for treating anaemia. The presence of a high amount of magnesium in custard apples helps in maintaining the normal fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. This enhances the removal of fluids and acids in the joints and the resulting inflammation thereby lowering the risk of arthritis and rheumatism.