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Dragon fruit Dragon fruit is a beautiful fruit grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. It is actually the fruit of a type of cactus, and the fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh. Dragon fruit is low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, plus fibre and antioxidants. Star Fruit Star Fruit is a juicy tropical fruit grown in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, South America, but also in Hawaii and Florida. Star Fruit are a good choice during the winter months, when they're readily available. And because they're a good source of Vitamin C, star fruit can help ward off winter colds and flues. With only 30 calories per fruit plus lots of fibre, star fruit is a great choice for anyone trying to lose weight. They're also very healthy - full of antioxidants and flavonoids. Sharon fruit Low in sodium, Sharon fruit offers a good source of vitamin A, contains some vitamin C and offers an excellent source of dietary fibre. Passion fruit The Passion fruit is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and iron. One passion fruit has only 16 calories and when eaten with the seeds, is an excellent source of fibre Physalis (cape gooseberry) What is it? A shiny orange fruit similar in size, shape and structure to a small cherry tomato and contained in a papery husk that looks a bit like a Chinese lantern. A member of the nightshade family, it is mainly grown in Colombia and South Africa. Health benefits A good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins. There are reports of it being used as a diuretic in traditional medicine, although there is no scientific data to support this. Pomegranate What is it? Reddish leathery-skinned fruit about the size of an orange, containing red, edible seed clusters. Health benefits One pomegranate contains 40 per cent of an adult's daily requirement of vitamin C. They also contain vitamins E and A, iron, fibre and potassium. Research by a team at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, Israel, found that pomegranate juice slows down the process of oxidation caused by free radical damage by almost half. They also discovered that pomegranate juice reduced the retention of 'bad' LDL cholesterol, which can lead to furring and narrowing of the arteries. In the test tube it also kills prostate cancer cells. Blueberries Full of vitamin C - Blueberries are loaded with other vitamins as well, and while the other vitamins may not be as high in content as vitamins C and K, their presence makes blueberries even more desirable addition to your diet. One cup of blueberries gives you four percent of the DV of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant that works in conjunction with Vitamin C. Niacin, a B vitamin that the is necessary for healthy skin, energy production, nervous system and digestive system. Mangoes are also a good source of vitamins C and E, which are powerful antioxidants right along with vitamin A. The vitamin C content of mangoes is very high, with one cup of sliced mango delivering 45 mg, which is over 70 percent of the RDA.
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