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Guava for Weight Loss

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

One pink-fleshed guava contains about 37 calories. One strawberry guava contains about 4 calories. One cup of guava nectar contains about 140 calories.

Guava for Fighting Body Fat

It doesn't take a rocket scientist or a Weight Loss Guru to know that switching-out sugary, fatty desserts for one of Mother Nature's prepackaged fruits in the raw can assist in dropping unwanted pounds.

The issue in today's fruit market is that the fruits have been engineered to produce rather than geared towards flavor. Frankly, there are just too many people in the world - too many people to feed, with far too many experiencing hunger.

It's very rare to find fruit that is naturally sweet; most of the apples at our local market taste like cardboard on steroids. They are beautiful - with a nice pretty, shiny peeling, but the peeling tends to be bitter while the fruit is tasteless. If I had on a blindfold, I could not tell if I were eating an apple or an unripened plum.

However, when we do come across a crop of sweet fruit - there is no dessert on earth that can match its delicious flavor. A couple of years ago, we happened upon the sweetest-tasting strawberries that had us thinking that we'd died and went to heaven. Yes - they were that sweet.

Now as a pastry admirer as well as a white wedding cake lover (that wedding cake icing is to die for at times, and yes artery-blocking as it might be) but that certain crop of sun-ripened strawberries would have had me turning my nose up at wedding cake. Yes, they were that sweet and delicious.

With this said - always take a sniff or a little whiff at fresh fruit that you are purchasing; you can almost-always smell the sweetness level of the fruit. You can even tell most of the time when it is past its prime.

When seeking good quality guava, look for an unblemished mellow-yellow in color specimen. It should not feel in the least bit mushy nor should it feel like you could build a brick house with it, either. There is a point - right there in the middle where things come together and become perfected. THAT is what all good gatherers are searching for amid the hunt after harvest time.

The Strawberry (Cherry) Guava

There are a few varieties of guava; the pale green guava which turns mellow-yellow when fully ripened is the most common. The strawberry or cherry guava is much smaller and has reddish-purple skin.

When enjoyed raw, they are often sprayed with a little lime juice. They can also be poached and glazed for a luscious dessert.

Let's review the nutritional values of the nectar contained within this unique and exotic fruit.

Calories & Nutrition Facts, Guava Nectar

Vitamins, Minerals

Units

100 g

1 Cup

Energy

kcal

57

143

Protein

g

0.09

0.23

Total lipid (fat)

g

0.06

0.15

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

14.87

37.32

Fiber, total dietary

g

1.0

2.5

Sugars, total

g

12.37

31.05

Calcium, Ca

mg

11

28

Magnesium, Mg

mg

3

8

Phosphorus, P

mg

2

5

Potassium, K

mg

38

95

Sodium, Na

mg

7

18

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.03

0.08

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

19.7

49.4

Thiamin

mg

0.003

0.008

Riboflavin

mg

0.003

0.008

Niacin

mg

0.185

0.464

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.010

0.025

Folate, DFE

g

3

8

Vitamin A, RAE

g

2

5

Vitamin A, IU

IU

35

88

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

mg

0.05

0.13

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

g

0.8

2.0

Strawberry Guava Calories & Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts, Calories in Red Potato, Raw

Nutritional Elements

Units

100 grams

1 Cup

1 Fruit

Energy, Calories

kcals

69

168

4

Protein

g

0.58

1.42

0.03

Total Fat

g

0.60

1.46

0.04

Carbohydrates

g

17.36

42.36

1.04

Fiber, Dietary

g

5.4

13.2

0.3

Saturated Fat

g

0.172

0.420

0.010

Monounsaturated Fat

g

0.055

0.134

0.003

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

0.253

0.617

0.015

Cholesterol

mg

0

0

0

 

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