Do you remember when the pomegranate first made its mainstream appearance on the health food scene? Its dazzling ruby color and numerous health benefits were all anyone could talk about. Each year we see new superfruits make their own debuts in the world of healthy eating, some from exotic and ancient roots to others that were right under our noses all along.
Frozen berries in your morning smoothie are great, but how about an array of new and exciting flavors from fruits that boast big benefits to your overall health and well-being. If you’re the kind of person that appreciates healthy ingredients and loves trying new and exciting foods, here are eight superfruits to try today…
1. Dragon Fruit
One look at this exotic fruit tells you there’s something special going on here. The Dragon Fruit, also known as the Pitaya, comes in 3 varieties; the white-fleshed Hylocereus undatus, the red-fleshed Hylocereus costaricensis and the yellow-skinned, white-fleshed Hylocereus megalanthus. While these fruit are a staple in Asian countries, dragon fruit are becoming more and more mainstream in North American supermarkets.
Despite their bold appearance, their taste is quite mild with a likeness to a mildly sweet kiwi fruit. Recent studies from Malaysia’s Universiti Putra have found that dragon fruit seeds are rich in heart-healthy fatty acids, including 50 percent oleic acid content, which helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Try adding dragon fruit flesh to your next fruit salad for a tropical twist that’s also good for your heart.