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Dried Dragon Fruit: What is It and Does It Have Health Benefits?

This tropical fruit, also known as pitaya, pitahaya, or strawberry pear, gained worldwide popularity during the last few years. It mainly attracts people by its quite unique and bright look, but at the same time both fresh and dried dragon fruits have a lot of nutrients that may benefit human health. In this article we will tell you what is dried dragon fruit and what are its health benefits.
What are dragon fruit and dried dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit grows on the Hylocereus cactus (or Honolulu queen); you can see its flowers only at night. It is primarily grown in Southeast Asia. The most popular variety of this fruit looks like red or bright pink oval with green scales (that’s why it is named «dragon» fruit). Inside, it has white pulp with black seeds; there is a less widespread type with red pulp and black seeds inside it. The taste of dragon fruit can be described as a blend of kiwi and pear.

Dried dragon fruit is a mildly sweet fruit with texture which is similar to that of a kiwi because it has a lot of small black seeds.

Health benefits of dried dragon fruit

Source of fiber
Dried dragon fruit contains even more fiber than the fresh one. The great advantage of dried dragon fruit is that it has both soluble and insoluble fiber. The first one helps regulate blood sugar and keeps cholesterol levels in check. Insoluble fiber provides healthy digestive system. So it can contribute to your gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. It is also considered that people who eat such kind of fiver-rich products can easily maintain a healthy weight.

Dried dragon fruit contains a lot of nutrients such as iron, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, etc. One-cup serving has 8-10% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for iron, which is important for blood and energy. It transports oxygen-rich blood cells throughout the body and this way boosts energy levels. One average dragon fruit provides nearly 18% of the RDI for magnesium: it is in charge of stable sell function, brain and bones health. 9% and 4% of RDI for Vitamin C and Vitamin E respectively are there in this tropical fruit.

Prevention of diseases
Dried dragon fruit can prevent such diseases as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis because of high content of different antioxidants. Antioxidants work the following way: they neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage and lead to disease. By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants prevent cell damage and inflammation.

The affect is attained not only because of antioxidants, but because of high content of Omega-3 too. The tiny black seeds inside the dragon fruit are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats reduce excess inflammation in the body and help prevent blocked arteries. Researches proved that they may lower cholesterol levels and reduce the probability of heart diseases.

How to eat dragon fruit

You can eat it for breakfast: just add the slices of dried dragon fruit to your cereal or yogurt.
Another option is making smoothie, you can also mix it with other fruits to make taste more full-bodied and sweet.
Put several pieces of this tropical fruit to your cookies, cakes or pies to make them acquire pleasant fruity notes.

Taste this sweet and healthy snack with Mr. Viet! Our dried dragon fruit is made from juicy fruits and is as crunchy as crisps. Join us and try the best tropical fruits from Vietnam.

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