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Sapodilla (Telugu : సపోటా | Hindi : चीकू | Malayama : സപ്പോട്ട )

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Quick Facts
  • Sapodilla or sapota (chikoo) is another popular delicious tropical fruit. It is calorie rich soft, easily digestible pulp composes of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
  • Originated in the central American rain forests, probably in Mexico and Belize, today it has spread all over the tropical belt and is being grown as a major commercial crop in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • The fruit is rich in antioxidant poly-phenolic compound tannin. Tannins are a complex family of naturally-occurring polyphenols that neutralize acids by precipitating proteins. Research studies found that tannins have shown to have potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects.
  • Fresh ripen sapodilla is a good source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid.
  • Sapodilla is a good source of dietary fiber, which makes it a bulk laxative. The fiber content in the fruit provides relief in case of constipation and also helps in protecting the mucous membrane of the colon from cancer causing toxins by firmly binding to them.
  • Sapodilla is helpful during pregnancy as it prevents cases of morning sickness. It boosts the function of electrolytes in the nervous system.
  • This fruit helps in promoting collagen production, thereby contributing towards rejuvenation of skin. Ingredients in sapodilla slow down the ageing process and delay the formation of wrinkles.
  • The juice extracted from the seeds of this fruit is an effective sedative and can be used in treating anxiety and depression. It is also a diuretic and aids in removing stones from internal organs.

 

Scientific Classification:

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order: Ericales
  • Family: Sapotaceae
  • Genus: Manilkara
  • Species: Manilkara zapota
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

  • Energy 347 kJ (83 kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 19.96 g
  • Dietary fiber5.3 g
  • Fat1.1 g
  • Protein0.44 g
  • Riboflavin (B2)(2%) 0.02 mg
  • Niacin (B3)(1%) 0.2 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)(5%) 0.252 mg
  • Vitamin B6(3%) 0.037 mg
  • Folate (B9)(4%) 14 μg
  • Vitamin C(18%) 14.7 mg
  • Calcium(2%) 21 mg
  • Iron(6%) 0.8 mg
  • Magnesium(3%) 12 mg
  • Phosphorus(2%) 12 mg
  • Potassium(4%) 193 mg
  • Sodium(1%) 12 mg
  • Zinc(1%) 0.1mg

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