If you’ve ever visited Mexico, Central or South America, you may have been introduced to a delicious little fruit called the guava. Native to those regions, the guava is a very popular fruit, with a number of valuable health benefits.
Guavas are known for their sweet and tangy flavor and many uses, but there’s much more to this fruit than meets the eye. Many consider it a “magical” fruit because of its array of nutrients and medicinal uses. Recently dubbed “the ultimate superfood”, this tropical fruit is considered one of the top antioxidant foods, with loads of vitamin C, vitamin A and lycopene.
Aside from being a great snack when eaten raw, guava flesh can also be used as a cooking and baking ingredient. Its leaves, seeds, and even skin can also be eaten or used medicinally.
Today, the guava is grown in warm, tropical climates all over the world. Guava trees are gregarious and tend to grow easily and freely; often overgrowing pastures and fields. So much so, that most of the world’s commercial supply of guava comes from the wild. In countries where it is produced, it tends to be inexpensive due to its availability. It’s truly a food of the people.
Guava Nutrition Benefits
Guavas are low in calories and are incredible sources of vitamin C, lycopene, vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.
100 grams of guava fruit contains the following (1):
- 68 calories
- 14.3 grams carbohydrate
- 2.6 grams protein
- 228.3 milligrams vitamin C (381 percent DV)
- 5.2 milligrams lycopene ( 52 percent DV)
- 5.4 grams fiber (21.6 percent DV)
- 624 IU vitamin A (12.5 percent DV)
- 49 microgram folate (12.3 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligram copper (11.5 percent DV)
- 417 milligrams potassium (8.8 percent DV)
- 22 milligrams magnesium (5.5 percent DV)
- 40 milligrams phosphorus (4 percent DV)