The Guava is a tropical fruit that is green in color. It is one of the cheapest fruits and can be seen very commonly in the street sides. The color of the skin varies from yellowish green to dark green. It is either round in shape or spherical. The centre of the fruit is generally white or pinkish in color.
Nutritional Value of guava
Food Value Per 100 g of Edible Portion*
Moisture 77-86 g
Crude Fiber 2.8-5.5 g
Protein 0.9-1.0 g
Fat 0.1-0.5 g
Ash 0.43-0.7 g
Carbohydrates 9.5-10 g
Calcium 9.1-17 mg
Phosphorus 17.8-30 mg
Iron 0.30-0.70 mg
Carotene (Vitamin A) 200-400 I.U.
Thiamine 0.046 mg
Riboflavin 0.03-0.04 mg
Niacin 0.6-1.068 mg
Vitamin B3 40 I.U.
Vitamin G4 35 I.U.
*Analyses of whole ripe guavas.
Health Benefits of Guava:
Being rich in Vitamin C; guava is effective in treating male infertility caused by sperm clumping, adhesion and other abnormalities.
Guava helps in healing of wounds, when applied externally.
Guava can be used for treating bleeding nose, gums and minor internal hemorrhaging.
Guava helps cure dysentery, by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines.
Guava helps the body in combating free radicals produced during metabolism and aids in preventing age-related chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, cataract and rheumatoid arthritis.
Guava is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber and thus, is good for those suffering from constipation.
Guava strengthens and tones up the digestive system and even disinfects the same.
Guava, having high content of roughage, no cholesterol & less digestible carbohydrates, is good for those trying to lose weight.
Guavas can improve the texture of skin and help avoid skin problems. For the purpose, you can either eat it raw or make wash your skin with a decoction of its immature fruits and leaves.
Juice of raw and immature guavas or decotion of guava-leaves is known to bring relief in cough and cold.
Guava is effective in preventing cancer and even heart diseases in people.
Guava lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
The presence of Vitamin C and other phytonutrients, such as caretenoids, isoffavonoids and polyphenols, in guava has led to it being an effective antioxidant.
How to buy Guava:
1. Look out for fresh guavas that have shiny skin. The ones with green skin are little unripe than the yellow ones.
2. Ensure the guava has no bruises.
How to eat Guava:
You can make pieces and eat the guava raw or you can season the cut pieces of the fresh fruit with salt and little chilli powder.
You can also try Guava juice. Blend 3~4 cut pieces of Guava with sugared water and serve chill after straining.