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2011-08-15 16:11:44

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"yes_it_is_very_good_for_not_good_with_fiber_though">yes it is very

good for not good with fiber though

"Overview" id="Overview">Overview

"Dragon_fruit,_otherwise_known_as_the_pitaya_fruit,_is_a_colorful_fruit_that_grows_on_a_vine-like_cactus_plant._It_can_be_eaten_fresh_or_dried._The_dragon_fruit's_nutritional_profile_boasts_high_concentrations_of_certain_nutrients,_offering_a_plethora_of_health_benefits."

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"Dragon_fruit,_otherwise_known_as_the_pitaya_fruit,_is_a_colorful_fruit_that_grows_on_a_vine-like_cactus_plant._It_can_be_eaten_fresh_or_dried._The_dragon_fruit's_nutritional_profile_boasts_high_concentrations_of_certain_nutrients,_offering_a_plethora_of_health_benefits.">

Dragon fruit, otherwise known as the pitaya fruit, is a colorful

fruit that grows on a vine-like cactus plant. It can be eaten fresh

or dried. The dragon fruit's nutritional profile boasts high

concentrations of certain nutrients, offering a plethora of health

benefits.

"Vitamin_C_Benefits" id="Vitamin_C_Benefits">Vitamin C

Benefits

"Dragon_fruits_are_a_rich_source_of_vitamin_C,_containing_9_mg_of_vitamin_C_per_100_g_of_fruit._The_U.S._Department_of_Agriculture_recommends_a_daily_amount_of_90_mg_for_adult_males_and_75_mg_for_females._This_nutrient_acts_as_an_antioxidant,_protecting_cell_membranes_and_other_tissues_from_free_radical_damage._Free_radical_attack_may_be_involved_in_the_genesis_of_cancers_and_may_cause_other_health_ailments._The_high_vitamin_C_content_also_promotes_healing_of_cuts_and_bruises_and_boosts_the_immune_system."

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"Dragon_fruits_are_a_rich_source_of_vitamin_C,_containing_9_mg_of_vitamin_C_per_100_g_of_fruit._The_U.S._Department_of_Agriculture_recommends_a_daily_amount_of_90_mg_for_adult_males_and_75_mg_for_females._This_nutrient_acts_as_an_antioxidant,_protecting_cell_membranes_and_other_tissues_from_free_radical_damage._Free_radical_attack_may_be_involved_in_the_genesis_of_cancers_and_may_cause_other_health_ailments._The_high_vitamin_C_content_also_promotes_healing_of_cuts_and_bruises_and_boosts_the_immune_system.">

Dragon fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, containing 9 mg of

vitamin C per 100 g of fruit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture

recommends a daily amount of 90 mg for adult males and 75 mg for

females. This nutrient acts as an antioxidant, protecting cell

membranes and other tissues from free radical damage. Free radical

attack may be involved in the genesis of cancers and may cause

other health ailments. The high vitamin C content also promotes

healing of cuts and bruises and boosts the immune system.

"Fiber_Benefits" id="Fiber_Benefits">Fiber Benefits

"Due_to_its_high_fiber_content,_with_almost_1_g_of_fiber_per_100_g_of_fresh_fruit,_the_dragon_fruit_can_serve_as_a_natural_laxative_to_treat_constipation._Dried_fruit_can_contain_up_to_10_g_or_more_of_dietary_fiber_per_100_g._It_may_also_help_lower_%22bad%22_cholesterol_levels_and_reduce_blood_pressure_and_inflammation._According_to_DiabeticLifeDiet.com,_the_fiber_in_dragon_fruit_also_helps_control_blood_sugar_levels_by_slowing_the_sugar's_absorption_and_keeping_levels_low_after_a_meal._The_effect_can_last_up_to_90_minutes._It_may_also_aid_in_weight_loss."

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"Due_to_its_high_fiber_content,_with_almost_1_g_of_fiber_per_100_g_of_fresh_fruit,_the_dragon_fruit_can_serve_as_a_natural_laxative_to_treat_constipation._Dried_fruit_can_contain_up_to_10_g_or_more_of_dietary_fiber_per_100_g._It_may_also_help_lower_%22bad%22_cholesterol_levels_and_reduce_blood_pressure_and_inflammation._According_to_DiabeticLifeDiet.com,_the_fiber_in_dragon_fruit_also_helps_control_blood_sugar_levels_by_slowing_the_sugar's_absorption_and_keeping_levels_low_after_a_meal._The_effect_can_last_up_to_90_minutes._It_may_also_aid_in_weight_loss.">

Due to its high fiber content, with almost 1 g of fiber per 100 g

of fresh fruit, the dragon fruit can serve as a natural laxative to

treat constipation. Dried fruit can contain up to 10 g or more of

dietary fiber per 100 g. It may also help lower "bad" cholesterol

levels and reduce blood pressure and inflammation. According to

DiabeticLifeDiet.com, the fiber in dragon fruit also helps control

blood sugar levels by slowing the sugar's absorption and keeping

levels low after a meal. The effect can last up to 90 minutes. It

may also aid in weight loss.

"B_Vitamin_Benefits" id="B_Vitamin_Benefits">B Vitamin

Benefits

"Dragon_fruit_contains_vitamins_B-1,_B-2_and_B-3._Vitamin_B-1_is_beneficial_for_energy_production_and_carbohydrate_metabolism,_while_vitamin_B-2_improves_appetite._The_fruit's_vitamin_B-3_content_reduces_cholesterol_and_enhances_skin_appearance,_keeping_it_moisturized_and_smooth."

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"Dragon_fruit_contains_vitamins_B-1,_B-2_and_B-3._Vitamin_B-1_is_beneficial_for_energy_production_and_carbohydrate_metabolism,_while_vitamin_B-2_improves_appetite._The_fruit's_vitamin_B-3_content_reduces_cholesterol_and_enhances_skin_appearance,_keeping_it_moisturized_and_smooth.">

Dragon fruit contains vitamins B-1, B-2 and B-3. Vitamin B-1 is

beneficial for energy production and carbohydrate metabolism, while

vitamin B-2 improves appetite. The fruit's vitamin B-3 content

reduces cholesterol and enhances skin appearance, keeping it

moisturized and smooth.

"Other_Benefits" id="Other_Benefits">Other Benefits

"This_fruit_is_also_an_excellent_source_of_calcium_and_phosphorus,_minerals_involved_in_bone_mineralization._They_help_strengthen_bones_and_teeth_and_form_new_tissues._The_fruit_is_also_said_to_help_neutralize_and_excrete_heavy-metal_toxins._Dragon_fruit_may_help_maintain_eye_health_as_well._Finally,_there_are_some_reports_that_dragon_fruit_may_combat_gout_and_arthritis_through_its_beta_carotene_content."

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"This_fruit_is_also_an_excellent_source_of_calcium_and_phosphorus,_minerals_involved_in_bone_mineralization._They_help_strengthen_bones_and_teeth_and_form_new_tissues._The_fruit_is_also_said_to_help_neutralize_and_excrete_heavy-metal_toxins._Dragon_fruit_may_help_maintain_eye_health_as_well._Finally,_there_are_some_reports_that_dragon_fruit_may_combat_gout_and_arthritis_through_its_beta_carotene_content.">

This fruit is also an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus,

minerals involved in bone mineralization. They help strengthen

bones and teeth and form new tissues. The fruit is also said to

help neutralize and excrete heavy-metal toxins. Dragon fruit may

help maintain eye health as well. Finally, there are some reports

that dragon fruit may combat gout and arthritis through its beta

carotene content.

"more_info" id="more_info">more info

"Overview" id="Overview">Overview

"Although_native_to_Central_and_South_America,_the_Chinese_made_the_dragon_fruit_legendary_with_the_story_of_its_creation_thousands_of_years_ago_by_fire-breathing_dragons._With_its_distinct_skin_and_sweet_flavor,_it's_hard_to_pass_up_this_exotic_fruit._Not_only_is_it_fun_to_eat,_but_dragon_fruit_is_also_rich_in_nutrients_that_may_protect_you_from_cancer,_making_it_an_anti-cancer_food."

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"Although_native_to_Central_and_South_America,_the_Chinese_made_the_dragon_fruit_legendary_with_the_story_of_its_creation_thousands_of_years_ago_by_fire-breathing_dragons._With_its_distinct_skin_and_sweet_flavor,_it's_hard_to_pass_up_this_exotic_fruit._Not_only_is_it_fun_to_eat,_but_dragon_fruit_is_also_rich_in_nutrients_that_may_protect_you_from_cancer,_making_it_an_anti-cancer_food.">

Although native to Central and South America, the Chinese made the

dragon fruit legendary with the story of its creation thousands of

years ago by fire-breathing dragons. With its distinct skin and

sweet flavor, it's hard to pass up this exotic fruit. Not only is

it fun to eat, but dragon fruit is also rich in nutrients that may

protect you from cancer, making it an anti-cancer food.

"Anti-Cancer_Diet" id="Anti-Cancer_Diet">Anti-Cancer Diet

"More_than_one-third_of_most_cancer_cases_could_have_been_prevented_by_following_a_healthy_diet_and_maintaining_a_healthy_weight,_says_the_American_Institute_for_Cancer_Research._The_anti-cancer_diet_is_a_healthy_diet_that_includes_a_variety_of_nutrient-rich_foods_from_all_of_the_food_groups._The_diet_includes_more_fruits_and_vegetables,_whole_grains,_fish,_lean_meats,_nuts_and_seeds,_while_reducing_your_intake_of_processed_foods,_saturated_fat,_sodium_and_foods_with_added_fat_and_sugar._In_addition,_the_American_Cancer_Society_recommends_you_consume_at_least_five_servings_of_fruit_and_vegetables_a_day_to_limit_your_risk_of_cancer._Including_dragon_fruit_in_your_diet_can_help_you_meet_these_recommendations."

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"More_than_one-third_of_most_cancer_cases_could_have_been_prevented_by_following_a_healthy_diet_and_maintaining_a_healthy_weight,_says_the_American_Institute_for_Cancer_Research._The_anti-cancer_diet_is_a_healthy_diet_that_includes_a_variety_of_nutrient-rich_foods_from_all_of_the_food_groups._The_diet_includes_more_fruits_and_vegetables,_whole_grains,_fish,_lean_meats,_nuts_and_seeds,_while_reducing_your_intake_of_processed_foods,_saturated_fat,_sodium_and_foods_with_added_fat_and_sugar._In_addition,_the_American_Cancer_Society_recommends_you_consume_at_least_five_servings_of_fruit_and_vegetables_a_day_to_limit_your_risk_of_cancer._Including_dragon_fruit_in_your_diet_can_help_you_meet_these_recommendations.">

More than one-third of most cancer cases could have been prevented

by following a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, says

the American Institute for Cancer Research. The anti-cancer diet is

a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods from

all of the food groups. The diet includes more fruits and

vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meats, nuts and seeds, while

reducing your intake of processed foods, saturated fat, sodium and

foods with added fat and sugar. In addition, the American Cancer

Society recommends you consume at least five servings of fruit and

vegetables a day to limit your risk of cancer. Including dragon

fruit in your diet can help you meet these

recommendations.

"Fiber" id="Fiber">Fiber

"While_being_a_fruit_certainly_helps_dragon_fruit_as_an_anti-cancer_food,_it_also_contains_nutrients_that_also_help_to_reduce_risk._Although_not_significantly_high_in_fiber,_one_dragon_fruit_contains_1_g_of_fiber._Fiber_in_fruit_helps_move_food_through_your_digestive_tract,_bulks_stool_and_aids_in_elimination,_which_helps_remove_potential_cancer-causing_toxins._You_should_aim_for_20_g_to_37_g_of_fiber_a_day."

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"While_being_a_fruit_certainly_helps_dragon_fruit_as_an_anti-cancer_food,_it_also_contains_nutrients_that_also_help_to_reduce_risk._Although_not_significantly_high_in_fiber,_one_dragon_fruit_contains_1_g_of_fiber._Fiber_in_fruit_helps_move_food_through_your_digestive_tract,_bulks_stool_and_aids_in_elimination,_which_helps_remove_potential_cancer-causing_toxins._You_should_aim_for_20_g_to_37_g_of_fiber_a_day.">

While being a fruit certainly helps dragon fruit as an anti-cancer

food, it also contains nutrients that also help to reduce risk.

Although not significantly high in fiber, one dragon fruit contains

1 g of fiber. Fiber in fruit helps move food through your digestive

tract, bulks stool and aids in elimination, which helps remove

potential cancer-causing toxins. You should aim for 20 g to 37 g of

fiber a day.

"Antioxidants" id="Antioxidants">Antioxidants

"Dragon_fruit_is_also_rich_in_antioxidants,_including_beta_carotene_and_vitamin_C._Antioxidants_are_nutrients_in_food_that_protect_your_cells_from_damage_by_unstable_substances_called_free_radicals._The_damage_to_your_cells_caused_by_these_free_radicals_can_lead_to_cancer._Including_more_antioxidant-rich_foods_like_dragon_fruit_in_your_diet_may_offer_protection_against_cancer._However,_more_research_is_necessary_to_further_investigate_the_benefits_of_antioxidants_against_cancer_before_formal_recommendations_can_be_made."

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"Dragon_fruit_is_also_rich_in_antioxidants,_including_beta_carotene_and_vitamin_C._Antioxidants_are_nutrients_in_food_that_protect_your_cells_from_damage_by_unstable_substances_called_free_radicals._The_damage_to_your_cells_caused_by_these_free_radicals_can_lead_to_cancer._Including_more_antioxidant-rich_foods_like_dragon_fruit_in_your_diet_may_offer_protection_against_cancer._However,_more_research_is_necessary_to_further_investigate_the_benefits_of_antioxidants_against_cancer_before_formal_recommendations_can_be_made.">

Dragon fruit is also rich in antioxidants, including beta carotene

and vitamin C. Antioxidants are nutrients in food that protect your

cells from damage by unstable substances called free radicals. The

damage to your cells caused by these free radicals can lead to

cancer. Including more antioxidant-rich foods like dragon fruit in

your diet may offer protection against cancer. However, more

research is necessary to further investigate the benefits of

antioxidants against cancer before formal recommendations can be

made.

"Low_In_Calories" id="Low_In_Calories">Low In Calories

"Obesity_is_a_risk_factor_for_cancer,_according_to_the_MD_Anderson_Cancer_Center_at_the_University_of_Texas._Balancing_your_calorie_intake_to_help_you_attain_and_maintain_a_healthy_weight_can_reduce_your_risk_of_cancer._The_dragon_fruit_is_a_low-energy_dense_food,_meaning_it_has_few_calories_compared_to_its_serving_size._This_can_help_you_limit_your_calorie_intake_without_leaving_you_feeling_hungry,_aiding_in_weight_control._One_dragon_fruit_has_just_60_calories."

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"Obesity_is_a_risk_factor_for_cancer,_according_to_the_MD_Anderson_Cancer_Center_at_the_University_of_Texas._Balancing_your_calorie_intake_to_help_you_attain_and_maintain_a_healthy_weight_can_reduce_your_risk_of_cancer._The_dragon_fruit_is_a_low-energy_dense_food,_meaning_it_has_few_calories_compared_to_its_serving_size._This_can_help_you_limit_your_calorie_intake_without_leaving_you_feeling_hungry,_aiding_in_weight_control._One_dragon_fruit_has_just_60_calories.">

Obesity is a risk factor for cancer, according to the MD Anderson

Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Balancing your calorie

intake to help you attain and maintain a healthy weight can reduce

your risk of cancer. The dragon fruit is a low-energy dense food,

meaning it has few calories compared to its serving size. This can

help you limit your calorie intake without leaving you feeling

hungry, aiding in weight control. One dragon fruit has just 60

calories.


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