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Health Benefits and Side Effects of Agbalumo/Udara (African Star Apple)
Agbalumo is closely related to the West African star apple (Chrysophyllum africanum).
The Igbos from Nigeria’s eastern and southern regions refer to it as Udara, it is more commonly known as Agbalumo in Yoruba, while the Hausas of the country’s northern region refer to it as Agwaluma.
The English name for agbalumo is “African star apple.”
It’s a tropical plant that grows wild in Nigeria. Agbalumo, on the other hand, is primarily grown in rural areas of the country and is in season from December to April.
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Taste – Health Benefits and Side Effects of Agbalumo
Some are sweet and delicious, while others are sour, so this fruit is not for everyone. The sour flavor of agbalumo “slaps the cheeks” most of the time.
What comes to mind when you’re encouraged to eat vitamin C-rich fruits? Oranges, right?
What’s more, guess what? This agbalumo fruit has a substantially higher vitamin C concentration than citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, etc.).
However, vitamin C isn’t the only thing you’ll get from this fruit; it also contains fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
Basic Nutrition – Health Benefits and Side Effects of Agbalumo
A cup of fresh star apple has 67 calories in it. Although eating a star apple as a snack is a good choice because it is low in calories and has no fat, it may not provide enough calories to satisfy hunger and improve energy levels as a between-meal snack should.
The Diet Channel recommends consuming 100 to 200 calories per snack; eat an oz. of cheese or a tsp. of peanut butter to increase the number of calories.
One serving of star apple also contains 15 g of carbs or 11.5% of the 130 g recommended by the Institute of Medicine for daily intake.
Nutrient Content per 100g edible-Udara/Agbalumo Pulo:
- Energy (Kcal) 91.09
- Carbohydrate (g) 10.49
- Protein (g) 6.99
- Fat (g) 2.49
- (g) 73
- Vitamin C mg. 25
Health Benefits of Agbalumo/Natural benefits of African Apple Star/Cherry
It, like every other fruit offered by nature, has a plethora of health benefits.
When squeezed or sucked, the milky liquid that comes out is not only delicious like that of the chewable skin, but it also has several health qualities, from the prevention of mouth gum disease to the treatment of toothaches and sore throats.
Consuming Agbalumo has several health benefits, which are listed below:
- Lowers Blood Sugar
- Lowers Cholesterol and Improves Heart Health
- Rich in antioxidants,
- Promoting Skin Health
- Weight Loss
- Promoting Colon Health
- A good source of vitamins and minerals
- It has a high vitamin C content.
- Good for pregnant women
- It is a natural remedy.
- Boosts appetite
- Treats Constipation
Side Effects and Health Benefits of Agbalumo
Side Effects of Agbalumo
This fruit should be consumed in moderation because too much of it can cause heartburn.
A group of researchers discovered in 2019 that African Star Apple has a compound that may alter male fertility.
African star apple may damage fertility in men. For more information, please read:
PS: The information provided above is not intended to replace the prescriptions recommended by your doctor