EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOURSOP

WHAT IS SOURSOP?

Soursop is native to the tropical regions of Americas and the Caribbean.  It has a lot of names such as graviola, guanábana, and guyabano. Soursop has a “tutti-frutti flavor” that means the flavor of the fruit has been described as a combination of strawberries and apple with sour citrus flavor. Soursop is typically eaten raw by cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. If you try exotic fruit, you will fall in love with it.

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DELICIOUS SOURSOP RECIPES

1. Soursop juice drink

Ingredients: soursop, 1 cup water, 4 oz condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp nutmeg

How to make

+ Peel soursop

+ Remove stiff, spongey center

+ Squeeze the soursop pulp to remove all the seeds

+ Add pulp, condensed milk, water, vanilla and nutmeg to the blender and blend

+ Serve cold.

 

2. Soursop coconut smoothie

Ingredients:  1 cup soursop (fresh pulp or frozen), ⅓ cup coconut chunks, 1 cup coconut milk or coconut water, ice cubes

How to make

+ Place all the ingredients in a blender cup (no seeds if using fresh soursop!) and work it for about 1-2 minutes.

+ Serve with coconut shavings and chia seeds

 

3. Soursop Matcha Smoothie

Ingredients:  1 teabag green tea, 1/2 cup hot water, 4 tbsp. graviola matcha powder, 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt, 5 tbsp. honey, 2 cups Ice

How to make

+ Prepare your green tea using the 1/2 cup of water

+ Pour the Greek yogurt into a blender and add the tea as well

+ Add scoops of graviola matcha powder into the blender

+ Process until smooth

+ Add the ice and honey and blend for a few more seconds

You can read more soursop smoothie recipes here

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Raw soursop is 81% water, 17% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and has negligible fat. In a 100 gram reference amount, the raw fruit supplies 66 calories and ch in fibre and Vitamin C. So it aids in digestion, boosts the immune system and promotes overall good health.

1. Helps Kill Cancer Cells

With many antioxidant properties—specifically from its alkaloids, and quinolones, soursop is known for their ability to reduce the size of tumors, essentially reducing the effects of cancer.

2. Boosts Immunity

Drinking soursop juice daily can positively impact your overall health. Because of high vitamin C level soursop can stimulate the production of white blood cells, while the concentration of antioxidants helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent chronic disease.

3. Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

The results of scientific studies suggest soursop may help people regulate their blood sugar if they have diabetes. The study found that soursop significantly reduced blood glucose levels with diabetes.

4. Lowers Bad Cholesterol

Soursop juice is known for helping lower bad cholesterol levels. Increase in bad cholesterol levels can lead to several serious problems like cardiovascular diseases. Every year, 610.000 people die in the United States due to heart problems.

5. Improves Eye Health

Soursop is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene, have been found to decrease the risk of eye disease. The antioxidants also reduce oxidative stress, which can otherwise cause cataracts and age-related macular degeneration

 

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