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Funny Sounding Fruit is Anti-inflammatory

[EXCERPT FROM: Good Food by Leigh Weingus, December 16, 2018).

If you’ve never heard of a funny sounding fruit called soursop, join the club. But given all its good-for-you benefits, it’s time to get familiar. The green, heart-shaped fruit of the Graviola (or annona muricata) tree can weigh up to 15 pounds and grows in tropical regions of North and South America. Besides tasting great (its extract is often consumed as a dessert in Guyana, Brazil, Haiti), soursop has a pretty stellar nutrition profile, too.

The average soursop fruit is 66 calories and includes 1 gram of protein, 16.8 grams of carbohydrates, 3.3 grams of fiber, and is full of vitamins and minerals like magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, thiamine (or vitamin B1), and more. In the U.S., it’s available at most grocery stores—and you’re likely to find it in markets that have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, like Whole Foods.

There are a lot of ways to consume soursop, although as a reminder it’s best to avoid the seeds, as they can be toxic. Other than that, eat the flesh of the fruit raw or juiced—being mindful of the fact that soursop is best enjoyed when eaten ripe or soft. Smoothies are another way to enjoy the health benefits of soursop, or even baked into cheesecakes. The possibilities are endless.

Now that you’re schooled on the many benefits of soursop, why not experiment with incorporating it into your meals? You may just find it’s your new favorite staple.

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