Guava nutritional info
Guava gets it on
The produce section offers so many options these days yet there’s something special about a tropical fruit that’s got multiple and versatile uses, a vibrant red-pinky pulp and a floral flavor that delivers a powerhouse of nutrition. Yes, it’s none other than the small, round fragrant fruit known as guava.
It’s awesome when something that tastes and looks so good is also nourishing for the body. While the tropical flavor may seem indulgent, it’s hard core nutrition that’s packed into every guava.
Often referred to as a “superfruit”, guavas are incredibly rich in vitamin C with one fruit delivering more than double daily recommended allowance (RDA) for this nutrient.
The nutritional benefits don’t stop with vitamin C. While bananas are often considered the gold standard for potassium (an important electrolyte for maintaining blood pressure and other metabolic functions), guavas beat out bananas with a whopping 220 mg per fruit.
Get your red on!
Red guavas share a similar nutritional attribute with Caribbean Red papayas. Both get their red hue from lycopene, an incredibly valuable antioxidant.
Lycopene is part of a broader category of antioxidants often referred to as carotenoids which also includes lutein, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. All these phytochemicals act as a defense mechanism for the body, helping to prevent cell damage which, if left unchecked, can contribute to cancer and other inflammatory diseases.