Superfoods have become a common talk in nutrition circles. These nutrition packed foods are not only healthy and delicious to eat, but will also keep at bay some common lifestyle diseases ailing the modern society.
However, most people are unable to get a fresh bite of their favorite super food because they live in urban centers. Processed alternatives are out of question because they contain potentially harmful preservatives. Personally, I love sweet things and this is how I got myself addicted to dragon fruit (also known as pitaya).
Of course it is a better alternative to the bars of chocolates I used to consume and I will tell you why. However, let me first tell you where you can buy dragon fruit. This is because you will want to know once you realize the amazing health benefits of this powerful fruit.
Where To Buy Dragon Fruit
For you to enjoy the best of any superfood, you need to get it fresh. If you reside in the Americas or Asia, then you have higher chances of getting fresh fruits. This is because dragon fruit does well in these regions and you will find farmers cultivating the fruit. However, it is not completely necessary to take a trip to the farmlands to get dragon fruit.
You can easily purchase pitaya at your local grocery store, however buying dragon fruit online can also be an easy option. You can even buy a dragon fruit plant on Amazon and grow your own dragon fruit!
This fruit is becoming more and more popular. People have become aware of its benefits and most outlets will want to have it in stock due to increased demand. If you have never come across the fruit you need not worry because it’s pretty easy to identify. It is a red fruit with shades of green and it also has scales. I suspect the name dragon fruit came as a result of the scales. If you plan on eating the fruit later do not go for the overripe ones. You can keep the fruits fresh by putting them in your refrigerator.
Nutritional Benefits of Pitaya
The deep red color of the fruit is as a result of beta carotenes. Your physician will tell you that beta carotenes are antioxidants and hence have anti-cancer properties. The fruit is rich in fiber which aids bowel movement. It has anti-inflammatory properties hence can be used in the prevention and management of arthritis. It has low calories and can be used for weight management since it is a better alternative to other sugary foods – It is low in harmful cholesterol hence prevents heart diseases. Pitaya is rich in vitamins, calcium, and phosphorous hence a good source of these nutrients. Pitaya has been used to treat acne because it is rich in Vitamin C.
If you would like to read more about the benefits of Dragon Fruit, I highly recommend reading Authority Nutrition’s article to read more about this healthy fruit.