idealt.com — Are you tired of eating the same kind of food, including fruit? Don’t worry, there are still many types of fruit on the market or fruit shop that you may have never tried, for example butter fruit.
This apple-like fruit has a legit sweet taste, making it suitable for you to enjoy as a dessert or snack. Apparently, butter fruit is also rich in nutrients that provide benefits for the health of the body. What are the benefits, huh?
Nutrient content of butter fruit
Mabolo, bisbul, kamagon, or velvet apple are other names for butter fruit. While the Latin name is Diospyros blancoi. In Indonesia, many people refer to this fruit as fruit butter because when it is split, the color of the flesh is similar to butter.
If you pay attention, this rare fruit is similar to apples or persimmons, because they are still one family. Besides being sweet and fragrant, butter fruit is rich in nutrients, so many people believe that this fruit provides health benefits.
In 100 grams of fruit butter, there are various nutrients that your body needs, such as:
- Protein: 0.82-2.79 grams.
- Fat: 0.22-0.38 grams.
- Carbohydrates: 5.49-6.12 grams.
- Sugar: 6.25-18.52 grams.
- Calcium: 42.8 mg.
- Fiber: 0.74-1.76 grams
- Sulfuric acid: 0.11 grams.
- Malic acid: 0.16 grams.
- Zinc: 3.6 mg.
- Potassium: 19.6 mg.
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 0.75 mg.
- Niacin (vitamin B3): 0.157 mg.
- Vitamin C: 42.8 mg.
Benefits of butter fruit for health
Based on these nutritional content, fruit butter may provide health benefits if consumed regularly, including:
1. Potentially prevent cancer
The exact cause of cancer is not known. However, health experts believe that this disease is closely related to DNA mutations that can occur due to exposure to free radicals. Yes, DNA mutations alter the cell’s instructions for growth and development.
When cell instructions are messed up, cell growth and development gets out of control. Cells will continue to accumulate and form tumors. Without treatment, cancer cells can spread and damage healthy tissue.
The key to preventing cancer, judging from the explanation above is reducing exposure to free radicals. Your body can fight free radicals with the help of antioxidants.
Well, according to a study in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, you can get these antioxidant benefits from butter fruit, because there are phenolic and flavonoid content in it.
2. Helps control weight while providing energy
If you want to lose weight or keep your weight under control, you need to replace foods high in sugar and fat with fruits and vegetables. Well, this butter fruit can be an option because it is a high-fiber food.
The fiber in butter fruit can keep the stomach full longer. It suppresses your urge to snack or eat unhealthy foods.
The malic acid content in this persimmon-like fruit is also quickly absorbed by the body so that it can provide instant energy. Malic acid also helps the body recover from fatigue and muscle aches (myalgia).
3. Healthy bones
Your body needs calcium to maintain bone structure and strength. The calcium content of fruit butter per 100 grams is equivalent to half the amount of calcium in 100 grams of milk. For this reason, fruit butter can be a source of calcium-rich foods in addition to milk which is beneficial for bones.
In addition to maintaining bone health, butter fruit calcium is also efficacious to help blood vessels circulate blood throughout the body and support hormone production.
4. Prevent inflammation in the body
In addition to grapes or apples, fruit butter is included in the list of foods with anti-inflammatory compounds. This means that fruit butter contains substances that can prevent inflammation in the body, thereby reducing the risk of various chronic diseases, such as heart disease.
The content of vitamin B complex in butter fruit is also efficacious to slow down degenerative diseases associated with inflammation, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.
5. Boost the immune system
There are various types of food so that you do not get sick easily. You need to increase the consumption of foods rich in vitamin C, such as fruit butter. The content of vitamin C increases the immune system against foreign substances that enter the body.
This means that the body will be stronger in fighting parasites, viruses, and bacteria that cause infection.
Tips for enjoying butter fruit safely
If you are interested in the benefits of butter fruit, you can add this fruit to your daily menu. Besides being able to be enjoyed directly, butter fruit can also be served as a fruit salad. You can even grill them and season them with herbs so they can be served with bacon or sausage.
Although rich in health benefits, you should not consume this fruit in excess. You also need to clean the outside of the skin because the fine hairs on its surface can cause itching on the skin, especially those with sensitive skin. People who are allergic to persimmons are usually also allergic to this fruit.