Exotic and delicious, the dragon fruit is considered the tropical “superfood” because of its rich vitamin, mineral content. Also called as “pitahaya”, the dragon fruit belongs to the genus Hylocereus and it is most commonly cultivated in Southeast Asia, Australia, Cyprus and Israel… Based on the species, there are both sweet and sour dragon fruits. When the fruit is cut open, the texture of the inside flesh resembles that of a kiwi fruit with black seeds within the flesh. The seeds are rich in lipids and one has to chew in order to have the seeds digested. With each dragon fruit containing around 60 calories, the list of benefits of dragon fruit is endless.
Dragon fruit contains monounsaturated fats which are considered good for heart. Also, the fruit comes without cholesterol which means the chance of developing plaque in arteries due to dragon fruit is nil. The seeds of the fruit are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6. These help reduce triglycerides thus lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.