A Fruit That May Prevent Diabetes And High Cholesterol

Diabetes and high cholesterol are two diseases that afflict millions of Italians, affecting men, women and, unfortunately, even children. For some time, scientists have agreed on the various risk factors that are associated with these two diseases and know that they can often be prevented by choosing the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones.

What are the right foods? One of the best is guava. This is a small perennial tree in the myrtle family that has the scientific name psidium guajava. It is not very tall, reaching a maximum height of 7 metres, and has bright green leaves with large, white flowers that give off an intense aroma. The guava has ancient origins and is mainly cultivated in the Caribbean and in other tropical countries, such as Brazil and India, where the right climactic conditions are found to produce its wonderful and succulent fruits.
The green fruit of the guava tree is shaped like a large lemon and its peel is often wrinkled like that fruit. Its flesh is a beautiful deep red, pink or white and, like any self-respecting exotic fruit, is firm and delicious. This edible fruit is rich in fibre and vitamins, especially A and C, but is low in fat and contains no cholesterol. The fats it does have contain Omega-3, which plays an important role in the prevention of diabetes. It is also an excellent source of minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium and ascorbic acid. A guava contains nearly four times as much Vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, meaning that levels need to be replenished every day, and just one guava will provide all your daily Vitamin C needs.

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