Passion Fruit: Properties and Benefits


Introduction

Passion fruit is the fruit that grows from Edible passion flower a plant of the Passifloraceae family[[, originally from South America. In Italian it is known as passion fruit o passion fruit. It is a sour, sweet, fragrant fruit. It has a globular shape and dimensions similar to a mandarin. The pulp is very soft and rich in small seeds. In the kitchen, it is mainly used for the production of juices, ice creams, jams, or consumed fresh. In cosmetics, however, the oil obtained from passion fruit is a precious anti-aging agent, an ally of cellular regeneration.

There are two main varieties of passion fruit, which differ in size and the color of the peel, red or yellow respectively. A fruit rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and pro-vitamin A (carotenoids, retinol equivalents / RAE). A real mine of beneficial substances: fibre, potassium and iron.

Properties of Passion Fruit

Passion fruit boasts several beneficial properties. It contains a lot of dietary fiber, which however is found predominantly in the woody portion of the seeds (which is usually spit out). It does not contain cholesterol, lactose and gluten.

  • Passion fruit is rich in vitamina A, C e di beta-carotene dal great antioxidant power, essential for cell regeneration. Effective in skin care and against bacterial infections;
  • The fruit with purple skin is rich in polyphenols;
  • The fruit with yellow skin instead contains prunasin and other cyanogenic glycosides
  • Contains high quantities of potassiuman effective ally for drain, stimulate diuresis and eliminate excess fluids.
  • The water-soluble fibres contained make it effective also on an intestinal level: it cleans the intestine, counteracts abdominal swelling, and delays the absorption of carbohydrates, thus facilitating fat metabolism.
  • Ally of slimming diets: despite having a medium-high energy intake, mainly provided by the concentration of sugars, it manages to wake up the metabolism.
  • It's full of vitamin B2 and B6and effective pectin against ulcers and heartburn.

Did you know that Passion Fruit is a relaxing fruit?

The plant from which passion fruit originates is passionflower, known for its calming and relaxing virtues. For this reason, it is a panacea for those who suffer from insomnia, severe stress and nervous hunger.

Passion Fruit: does it make you lose weight?

The answer, at first glance, would be affirmative: the fibers present in generous quantities in passion fruit mean that it has satiating properties and promotes the metabolisation of fats. The “pulp” of the passion fruit is also indicated in the diet against overweight and metabolic pathologies. In fact, soluble fibres, act beneficially on the metabolism by modulating absorption – decreasing the glycemic index, thus also reducing cholesterol. However, given the important energy intake, it is better not to overdo it with too large portions: in the case of obese subjects, or with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertriglyceridemia, limited consumption is recommended.

How to use it in the kitchen

Today passion fruit is easily available in grocery stores, but also in large-scale retail trade where tropical fruits are available. Its exotic flavor makes it interesting in the kitchen: the pulp and juice are used for the preparation of jams, jellies, sauces and desserts, liqueurs, but also in savory dishes.

Passion fruit oil in cosmetics

In cosmetics, passion fruit is used precisely for the oil obtained from it. It is used in cosmetics mainly for massages and in the formulation of face and body creams with countless beneficial properties. Passion fruit oil repairs damaged skin helping her to regenerate. The composition of fatty acids: palmitic acid, oleic acid, tocopherols, which have a natural anti-aging action, linoleic acid and, in particular, tocotrienols make it an oil capable of stimulating the healing and regeneration process of skin tissues.


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