Chikoo: Health benefits & Gifts

The holidays have come and gone, and hopefully those of us who made New Year’s resolutions can bring them to fruition in 2012. For many of us, our goals are aimed at living healthier lives and becoming stronger, happier and more energetic.

If you ate too many sugary treats during the holidays, sugar cravings may still be dancing in your head.Luckily, you can shrink your sweet obsession and trim your waistline with some easy, natural solutions that tame blood sugar, one such treat is called chikoo/chiku/sapota in India. Scientifically referred to as Manilkara zapota, the English name of the chikoo fruit is Sapodilla.

Native to southern Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. It is grown in huge quantities in India, Mexico and was introduced to the Philippines during Spanish colonisation. Rich Source of – Antioxidants, vitamins A & C, potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid.

Health Benefits

  • Sapodilla fruit nullifies the effect of free radicals formed as a result of various biological reactions, leading to tumors and cancer.
  • Consumption of Sapota helps to keep congestion and chronic coughs at bay, since its an expectorant aiding in removal of mucous and phlegm.
  • Its high Vitamin A content ensures that your eyes remain healthy.
  • Sapodilla fruit also helps in regulating the secretion of gastric enzymes, thereby regulating metabolism which indirectly benefits any weight loss and obesity prevention goals.
  • Sapodilla is also diuretic in action. It helps in the removal of waste materials from the body by frequent urination. It also helps maintain the water concentration of the body, preventing edemas or water retention.
  • Its also an anti-inflammatory agent; this means that it can be used to prevent gastritis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Chikoo is rich in carbohydrates and high nutrition content, which is essential for pregnant and lactating mothers, it is often prescribed to help reduce weakness and symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and dizziness.

Nutrient Value: Ideally a raw sapodilla about 150-170gms can provide the approx nutrient values;

Nutrients
Calories (kcal) 141.1
Carbs 33.93 Grams               Protein 0.75 Grams
Fat 1.87 Grams
Cholesterol 0 Mg
Fiber 9.01 Grams
Water 132.6 Grams

Minerals
Calcium    35.7 Mg
Iron    1.36 Mg
Magnesium    20.4 Mg
Phosphorus    20.4 Mg
Potassium    328.1 Mg
Sodium    20.4 Mg
Zinc    0.17 Mg
Copper    0.15 Mg
Manganese    0 Mg
Selenium    1.02 Mcg

Vitamins
Vitamin C    24.99 Mg
Thiamin    0 Mg
Riboflavin    0.03 Mg
Niacin    0.34 Mg
Pantothenic acid    0.43 Mg
Vitamin B-6    0.06 Mg
Folate, total    23.8 Mcg
Vitamin B-12    0 Mcg
Vitamin A    102 IU
Vitamin E    0.43 Mg_ATE

Lipids
Saturated Fatty Acids    0.33 Grams
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids    0.89 Grams
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids    0.02 Grams

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Note: Contrary to popular belief chickoo is not fattening. In fact the fruit is fat free and its rich sweetness is an excellent way to curb sweet cravings.

Trivia: The bark of the sapodilla tree secretes milky white and gummy latex, which is used in the manufacture of chewing gums.

Its such time of the year and close to the famous harvest festival called Pongal;  I sincerely believe in power of giving during this season. You can contact us by mail/phone at Chennai for a free pickup of organically farmed seasonal Sapodilla directly from the farms of Ms. RPS ORCHIDS,Theni. My sincere thanks to  Agri.Dr. R.P.ASOKAN of  Ms. RPS ORCHIDS who has agreed to support this initiative by Bewell.

Kindly note: This offer is valid till 31st Jan,2012.

Bewell,
Vivek

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  • Chandru

    Hello Vivek,

    Thanks for the informative article. Never knew this simple fruit has so many benefits and can be eaten by all.

    Keep writing….

    br.,
    Chandru

  • bewell

    Thanks Chandru for your support, it inspires me to write more about such nutrutional power houses..
    Regards & Bewell,
    Vivek

  • Vikram

    Awesome man : “Contrary to popular belief chickoo is not fattening. In fact the fruit is fat free and its rich sweetness is an excellent way to curb sweet cravings.” – This is going to change my perceptive Big time !!!

    Thank u and keep it going :-)

    • bewell

      You are welcome Vikram…

  • Manju

    Nice Article knowing about the unknown facts :)

  • Vivek

    I am keen to submit a vital info for consideration while buying chikoo; it will help you differentiate between natural and artificial ripening methods. While the later being more commonly used by most retailers to influence a customers decesion. Artificially ripened chickoos have skin that looks consistent and soft after being induced through a Heat radiation process. Naturally ripened chikoos have a skin texture similar to the ones displayed in this post.

  • Anandi T

    wow I am very happy for the health benefits and gifts granted by Chikkoo, the most important is addressing the kids cold, where almost all the mothers are facing this challenge.

    Sure I will forward to all my friends.

    • bewell

      thanks for your support and interest. You can also follow us via facebook /twitter through the links at bottom right corner of all our pages, it will inspire me to write more.. Vivek

  • akof

    never thought ths simple friut with thse mny benefts
    thnx for shring :)

  • http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/ VINITA

    HI ,
    lolz chickoo is called sapodilla . Was not aware of that.
    I want to use small part of this information in a recipe of my food. So can I use it under your blog’s name(http://bewell.in)?

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