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Health Benefits of Passion Fruit

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Described as a type of sweet-sour berry that’s both highly aromatic and seedy, the passion fruit may not be as well-known as other fruits, but it is gaining interest due to its abundant, advantageous nutrients
  • You can eat passion fruit by using it to make pudding, ice pops, tarts, sauces and vinaigrettes, but it’s also good for slicing in half and scooping up with a spoon to enjoy its creamy, tart flavor
  • Passion fruit has been found to be loaded with numerous vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium, as well as excellent amounts of fiber, all translating to improve your health
  • Hypertension, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes have all been shown to be improved by eating passion fruit, but substances like piceatannol and harman have their own unique abilities for your health
  • Anticarcinogenic agents in passion fruit have been shown to initiate apoptosis in unhealthy cells, but skin improvement and insomnia are also addressed due to a combination of all the plant-based nutrients

Passion fruit, also known as granadilla, is more readily available in supermarkets across the country today than in the past but, visually, although they’re unquestionably exotic, they’re rather unimportant looking. The exterior is rather like a hairless kiwi and a small grapefruit, but it’s when you cut the fruit in half that it gets really interesting.

NDTV describes passion fruit, aka Passiflora edulis, as a “type of berry which is sweet-sour, highly aromatic and seedy.” Ripe fruits are eaten by cutting them in half and scooping out the bright yellow contents with a spoon, avoiding the thin membrane similar to that in a grapefruit. Hungry Harvest describes the passion fruit’s unique flavor profile this way:

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