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Monday, 02 August 2010 18:41

Asian Fruits: Nutrional Benefits of Lychee

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he lychee (Litchi chinensis, and commonly called litchi, laichi, lichu) is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to China, and now cultivated in many parts of the world. The fruit has a pleasant floral taste and is very sweet.

 

Lychee is a medium-sized evergreen tree, reaching 10–20 m tall, bearing many small fleshy fruits that are up to 5 cm (2.0 in) long and 4 cm (1.6 in) wide. The outside of the fruit is covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed to expose a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh. Lychees are eaten in many different dessert dishes, and are especially popular in China, throughout South-East Asia, along with India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Nutrional Benefits:

* Lychee helps in increasing the energy of the body.
* It increases fluids in the body, which are required for good health.
* It enhances the feeling of well being.
* Lychee is extremely rich in Vitamin C and contains approximately 40 percent more vitamin C than orange.
* It even has high levels of Beta carotene, greater than that found in carrots.
* Lychee is considered diuretic and digestive.
* It contains unsaturated fatty acids, which help in the absorption of beta carotene, and many other fat soluble vitamins.
* It even helps to prevent blood clots, severe cell damage and reduces strokes, up to 50%, in heart attack patients.
* It is a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, which are quite essential for the body.

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