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Pitaya: how to consume and benefits of the fruit of the moment

Pitaya: how to consume and benefits of the fruit of the moment

Pitaya is a fruit from the countries of Central America and is increasingly present in diets, since it concentrates few calories and, although sweet , is not a sugar-rich food.

By having this sweet sweet taste, it serves as a raw material for various recipes like pies, yogurts, ice cream, jellies and even as a salad accompaniment. In addition, it has numerous health benefits of the body.

In Brazil, the most consumed versions are the pink shell with reddish flesh and the pink shell with the white flesh. The latter is the easiest to find.

Types of Pitaya

The different types of pitaya have a similar shape and very similar flavors.

There are three varieties of pitaya:

  • Yellow pitaya with white flesh

Yellow pitaya with white pulp - Photo: Reproduction

  • Pitaya pink with red pulp

Pitaya pink with red pulp - Photo: Reproduction

  • Pitaya pink with white pulp

Pitaya pink with white pulp - Photo: Reproduction

Of the three types of pitaya, unique that is actually appreciated by people who want to lose weight is the option with the red interior, since it is the only one that has antioxidant properties, which prevents the accumulation of fats by preventing the radicals Nutrition Facts

In the reduced calories of the pitaya, there is a rich diversity of nutrients and minerals essential for our body and beneficial to the body.

It has a surprising amount of vitamin C in its composition , which helps the immune system. There are also some B-complex vitamins, which contribute to a better blood flow and keep blood cholesterol levels low.

100 grams of pink Pitaya (½ of the fruit)

Calories (kcal)

52Carbohydrate (g)
11Fibers (g)
1.1Total Fats (g)
0.4(Mg)
1.9Cholesterol
0Vitamin C (mg)
20.5Calcium (mg)
8.5
22.5
Benefits of PitayaCheck out the main benefits of pitaya:

- Helps eliminate

free radicals: Pitaya is abundant in antioxidants, which help neutralize the formation of free radicals, components detrimental to our health. Antioxidants are also good weapons to give strength to the immune system. Along with antioxidants from vitamin C, other natural sources of these substances are responsible for pitaya's benefits from preventing the onset of disease. Experts consider vitamin C as one of the most potent antioxidants available for consumption.

- Helps in weight loss : perhaps this is the main reason that made the popularity of the fruit explode recently. This is because its caloric value is minimal and has potent thermogenic action, property that acts directly on the burning of body fat. There are two important substances in Pitaya pulp: tyramine, which works to inhibit appetite, and glucagon, which causes a feeling of satiety and inhibits the craving for sweets. In addition to weight loss, Pitaya's properties are also beneficial for people seeking a food re-education in order to reduce compulsive food consumption.

Prevents Diabetes : Its rich vitamin C content ensures antioxidant properties that reduce free radical damage, preventing against Diabetes. In addition, through the high fiber content, blood sugar levels can be balanced by lowering glucose peaks.- Prevents diseases of the cardiovascular system

  • : because of its concentration of monounsaturated fats, Pitaya has properties capable of lowering LDL cholesterol levels (considered to be bad), while raising HDL cholesterol levels (considered good - Strengthens the immune system

: in 100 grams of the fruit it is possible to acquire almost 35% of the daily vitamin C our body needs, one of the most important substances active in strengthening the body's natural defense. Vitamin C also helps stimulate the activity of other antioxidants, helping to eliminate free radicals. Consuming Pitaya regularly, you stay protected against attack by microorganisms harmful to the body, and guarantees prolonged health and disposition. Lowers bad cholesterol

: Due to its concentration of monounsaturated fats, Pitaya possesses properties capable of lowering LDL cholesterol levels (considered to be bad), while raising HDL cholesterol (considered good), further enhancing its beneficial effect on maintaining cardiovascular health. - Intake Aid

  • : besides being very fibrous, the seeds have a laxative action and help in the adjustment of digestive health. How to consume

Only the pulp of the pitaya should be consumed, either to eat in pieces or to use it as raw material, premium in recipes ... Juice is one of the excellent options for hot days, since most of its composition is made of water. The juice of the pitaya can be combined with other foods, such as mint, ginger, pineapple, coconut water, according to your preference.

You can also make a pitaya smoothie, use it in pies, yogurts, ice cream and jellies. There are also some companies that commercialize a type of wine made from pitaya, quite tasty

How to store the Pitaya

When still closed, keep the pitaya in a cool and dry place. Once opened, the ideal is that it be consumed soon, to avoid the loss of nutrients.

However, the pitaya can be stored in a refrigerated environment. In the refrigerator, the fruit lasts for two to three days. It should be stored in sealed pots or sealed bags. Another possibility is to freeze the pulp for up to three months.


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