Hubby just picked up these golden dragon pitaya from the market! If you think the shape looks familiar, it’s because they are related to the dragon fruit.
Nutrition for these golden pitaya include:
Low in kcals! 60 calories per 100 gram serving only.
High in fiber – 1 gram of fiber per serving
Energy packed- 9 grams of carbohydrates per serving
Studies show dragon fruit is a significant source of antioxidants, which can prevent free radical damage that can lead to premature aging and disease.
My definition of super-foods are that they are whole plant foods that have numerous health benefits, and include a whole array of phytonutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, so these definitely qualify. Dragon fruits have a surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. The benefits are realized in a number of ways, from a strengthened immune system and faster healing of bruises and wounds to fewer respiratory problems.
Dragon fruits have zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can be more easily broken down in the body, helped by vitamin B1 (thiamin) and other B vitamins. The phytochemical captin, used as a medication to treat heart problems, is present in the fruit itself, and an oil in the seed operates as a mild laxative.
The seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk.
The fruit is high in many important micronutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin A too, so the next time u see golden pitaya, make sure you pick them up!