A well balanced diet is necessary for us to stay healthy and strong. This includes following the recommended guidelines by various health institutions. Many nutritionist suggest that we have a healthy intake of whole grains, healthy protein, vegetables, and fruits. In addition, try to opt for water instead of sweet and fizzy drinks. It will help you stay hydrated as well! Did you know that Malaysian fruits are actually quite beneficial for us too. So the next time you’re at the grocery store, go for the local selections! Here are the top 5 Malaysian fruits and how they benefit you.
Malaysian fruits can be so delicious to have and we can only enjoy the best when we’re here. Anyone who goes abroad knows what it’s like to miss our fruits as well. Furthermore, many of our fruits are also local to neighbouring Southeast Asian countries. Which means that we can find similar variations when we go on SEA holidays.
This sweet and tart fruit is high in vitamin C and manganese which are both essential for our bodies. It is also rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids and phenolic acids that can help in maintaining healthy cells. Other than that, pineapples are high in bromelain, an enzyme mixture that helps the body digest proteins.
Meanwhile, one of the Malaysian fruits we all know and love is the watermelon! It is high in potassium, vitamins A and C, lycopene, as well as caratenoids which can enhance your immune system. Lycopene is also helpful in keeping a healthy heart! With a water content of 92%, this fruit can also keep you hydrated.
Moving on, did you know that a guava has four times the vitamin C content of an orange? On top of that, this fruit is also an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, and lycopene. Vitamins A and C together with the antioxidants in guavas help to protect our skin and slow down the ageing process. Guavas also help to keep you full so it’s a great snack for when you feel peckish.
Many locals know that the best way to eat papaya is by scooping it out with a spoon. This fruit is high in vitamins A and C as well as the antioxidants lycopene, zeaxanthin, and lutein. These antioxidants play an essential role in eye protection by filtering out harmful UV rays. Meanwhile, the fibre, potassium, and vitamin help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The last on our list of beneficial Malaysian fruits is the mangosteen! Also known as the Queen of fruits, its rich in antioxidants, xanthones, and also fibre. The vitamins and minerals found in mangosteens are also important for bodily functions including wound healing, immunity, and nerve signalling.