Known as the “gold of the Incas”, this fruit is native to the Andean valleys of Peru. Besides its pleasant maple-like aroma and its creamy texture, here are the other reasons that will make you fall in love with lucuma:
Healthy Skin – its yellow color denotes high content beta-carotene, a great antioxidant and source of vitamin A. These elements play vital roles in cell regeneration and provide skin protection against solar radiation (responsible for premature aging). Furthermore, there is some evidence that oils found in this fruit may help speed up wound healing. In an animal-based study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2010, for instance, scientists determined that compounds found in lucuma nut oil helped accelerate wound closure and promote regeneration of the skin.
Rich in Antioxidants and Micronutrients – its rich antioxidant content means it helps the body prevent disease, and slow the aging process. Lucuma has the same amount of calcium as a glass of cow’s milk, as well as plentiful amounts of beta-carotene (an anti-carcinogen precursor of Vitamin A), zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin (B3), and fiber. It also contains 14 essential trace minerals.
Aid for Diabetes and High Blood Pressure - preliminary research suggest that antioxidants found in lucuma may be of some benefit to people with these conditions. It is said to be a low-glycemic alternative to sugar for people with diabetes. Unlike sugar-cane, lucuma does not lead to the same increase in blood sugar levels. Some studies also indicate Vitamin B3 can be effective in reducing cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood.
Full of Healthy Carbs - Have you ever felt lacking in energy after you’ve tried to restrict carbohydates or fats that day? Your brain may be seeking additional energy to function at its best, particularly if you’re slim and don’t have much body fat to burn as energy. Lucuma is a wonderful way to increase the healthy unrefined whole food sources of carbs in your diet. Additionally, due to its high content of niacin (Vitamin B3) this fruit is considered a natural energizer that combats mental and physical exhaustion and boosts the metabolism. It may be used in pre-workout drinks.
Lucuma Ice Cream Flavor - did you know that the most popular ice cream flavor in Peru is lucuma? Try making your own by blending lucuma powder, cashews soaked, coconut milk, pinch of sea salt, vanilla extract. Freeze and then remove to taste the gold of the Incas.
Add to Your Favorite Smoothies and Desserts - you can mix a tablespoon of hour lucuma powder with bananas or acai berries to provide a velvety touch to your favorite shake. Also, its mythical flavor lends itself perfectly to pairing with cheesecakes any kind of treats.
Make sure you choose a raw certified organic version to avoid toxins or pesticides, and to ensure enzymes and nutrients have been retained.
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