A soursopan exotic fruit known as “the sweet tropical miracle”, is a real treasure for your health, especially in summer. This fruit, originally from Central America and the Caribbean, has spread throughout the world, reaching Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines and even Spain.
Also known as Annona muricata, soursop is a small wonder of nature, weighing up to three kilos and measuring around 50 centimeters in diameter. Its dark green skin is decorated with small thorns, and inside, it has a white, bittersweet and soft pulp, reminiscent of a pineapple, with tiny black seeds.
Why is soursop special?
This fruit belongs to the Annonaceae family and is much more than just a tasty food.
Yael Hasbani, specialist in Holistic Nutrition, emphasizes the importance of fruits from this family as they are “very important because they are sources of many antioxidants and natural fibers that prevent the development of diseases and benefit digestive health”.
The entire soursop, from the fruit to the skin, root and leaves, is usable and can be used in various preparations, such as juices, shakes and teas.
Nutritional benefits of soursop
With 66 calories, 1 gram of protein, 16.8 grams of carbohydrates and zero fat per 100 grams, soursop is a valuable source of nutrition. According to Hasbani, it is excellent for “staying hydrated and avoiding fluid retention”.
Rich in antioxidants, it is recommended to strengthen the body’s defenses and prevent chronic diseases, cardiovascular problems and colds. Vitamin C is also abundant in the fruit, providing 34% of the daily requirement in 100 grams, which is crucial for protecting cells from free radical damage.
Sol Vázquez, licensed in Integral Nutrition, adds that soursop has antibacterial properties due to anthraquinones. Furthermore, it is good for preventing osteoporosis and anemia due to its high calcium, phosphorus and iron content.
The fruit also contains terpenes, which relieve rheumatic pain and combat insomnia. The potassium present in soursop helps regulate blood pressure, while the vegetable fiber in its pulp is ideal for stomach problems, type 2 diabetes and for maintaining a healthy microbiota, as Hasbani highlights.
How to consume soursop?
To make the most of its benefits, it is best to consume it fresh. To check if it is ripe, squeeze the skin gently. Soursop can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen. When consuming, it is important to remove the seeds, which contain a neurotoxin.
Soursop can be added to salads, yogurts or granolas. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid its consumption, and it is recommended not to consume the leaves in infusion without medical advice.