At a glance, rambutan may appear intimidating but once you get over your fear and taste this fruit, you will love it. It is so delicious and melts in your mouth as you eat. The rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae, scientifically called Nephelium lappaceum. The rambutan is native to the Malay-Indonesian region, and other regions of tropical Southeast Asia.  In fact, its name is from the Malaysian word “rambut” which means hair. This is with reference to the numerous hairy protrusions of the fruit.

 

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 It has a juicy-sweet texture, and an enjoyable flavor similar to a lychee, but less acidic. Rambutan flesh is juicy, milky- white, translucent in color, with a grape-like, gelatinous texture surrounding a central seed and an almond-like taste. The rosy flavor of the rambutan resembles the strawberry and muscat grape. Rambutan trees fruit twice a year, beginning late June and August and in December and January.

 

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The rambutan can be eaten by itself or in fruit salads  and in sauces but it is best eaten fresh. To prepare, cut or tear base of fruit and press out the translucent pulpy flesh. They can be muddled into cocktails, tossed with tropical fruit salads, or simmered with aromatics to make a flavorful simple syrup. Pair with other tropical fruits, fresh mint and cane-based liquors. Rambutan is fragile and keep only a day or two at room temperature. For longer storage when not eaten immediately, wrap in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate. So why is rambutan very good for you? A one tiny rambutan fruit can give you dozens of vitamins like vitamin A, C, a good amount of protein, carbohydrate, and fiber. Craving for more? Relax, we’re just getting started! Read on for 7 health benefits you can experience by making yummy rambutan part of your diet.

 

 Helps In Blood Formation

Rambutan contains moderate amount of copper which is necessary for the creation of white and red blood cells. In addition, it is rich in iron. Iron present in the hemoglobin is used by the human body to transport oxygen from the lungs to the different tissues. Deficiency of iron can cause illnesses like anemia which leads to severe fatigue and dizziness. 

 

 

Strengthens Bones

Rambutan contains zinc, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium which help strengthen the bone as they are required for the production and maintenance of your bone density, thus helping you avoid osteoporosis as you age.

 

Helps Reduce Bad Cholesterol

High amount of low-density lipoprotein ( LDL) Cholesterol (the bad ones that blocks arteries) can cause heart attacks, hypertension and strokes. 100 grams of fresh rambutan offers up to 4% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B-3, which has been proven to effectively reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

 

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Excellent for Weight Loss

Rambutan contains a relatively low calorie content and very low fat content which makes it an excellent choice for supporting natural weight loss. The majority of calories comes from slow-release carbohydrates which  gives a satiety (not feeling hungry) feeling and keeps one full for long, preventing overeating. This aids your weight loss efforts.

 

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Improves Digestion

1 cup of rambutan provides 5% of the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber, which helps to prevent constipation, flatulence, colon cancer, and digestive disorders. Additionally, rambutan may also destroy parasites within the intestines and enable alleviate signs and symptoms of diarrhea.

 

Removes Waste From Kidneys

Phosphorus is an essential mineral for the maintenance, development, and repair of cell tissues in the body. Eating rambutan fruit which is high in phosphorus content fulfills about 2 to 6% of the daily recommended intake for phosphorus. Research has shown that phosphorus helps the kidneys to remove excess waste, which can help to prevent the development of kidney disease.

 

Boost Immunity

Higher Vitamin C content in rambutan increases your immunity by helping strengthen your body’s defense mechanism from several hazardous illness, and also bad condition, making rambutan good for overall health.

 

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CAUTION:  Children should be monitored when eating rambutan to prevent them from swallowing or getting choked by rambutan seeds.

 

NOTE: Always make sure your physician says it is fine to introduce new foods into your diet and/or that rambutan is in line with any diet plan your doctor has ordered for you.

 

…healthy foods, healthy lives.

 

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