Health Benefits of Salak, snake fruit

Posted on August 19, 2019 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

Salak are also known as snake fruit due to the reddish-brown scaly skin, the inside is sweeter than honey, sour like a pineapple and incredibly juicy. It is scientifically called Salacca zalacca and is native to south Sumatra and southwest Java as well as other parts of the world and belongs to the Arecaceae family. It is cultivated in other regions as a food crop, and reportedly naturalized in Bali, Lombok, Timor, Malaysia, Maluku and Sulawesi.

The fruit’s skin ranges from brown to orangey-brown or yellow, with united, imbricate scales. The fruit inside consists of 3 lobes, each with large inedible seed. Salak fruits mature five to seven months after pollination and the tree produces fruits all year round, although they usually peak around May and December in Indonesia.

Apart from their sweet and slightly acidic taste, Salak is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Salak fruit consists of protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, dietary fiber, iron, calcium, phosphorus and carbohydrates which are great for overall health. The beta-carotene in Salak is a powerful antioxidant and works well to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes and even cancer. Additionally, it contain 5 times more beta-carotene than that found in watermelon, mangos and 3 times more than found in guava.

Pregnant women should select foods that are good for her as well as future baby, so healthy food should be a priority. Consumption of Salak is good for young pregnant women who experience morning sickness. But do not consume too much of Salak, balanced amount of protein-rich foods such as nuts must be consumed frequently.

Due to high fiber and antioxidant content, Salak is a sought-after diet for weight management diets. Since Salak consists of calcium and carbohydrates it provides necessary energy and stamina to the body while on diet. Its tea is a wonderful astringent that is beneficial in reducing weight.

As mentioned before Salak is a nutrient dense fruit that helps in improving overall health of the body. Its rich nutrient profile consisting of vital vitamins and minerals that help to maintain proper body functions. Antioxidants help in fighting damage to the cells and tissues and prevent the body from harmful carcinogenic damage. Regular consumption of a portion of Salak in your diet helps to reduce the risk of hemorrhoid formation.

– Health Benefits Times

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