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yes it is very good for not good with fiber thoughOverviewDragon 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 BenefitsDragon 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 BenefitsDue 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 BenefitsDragon 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 BenefitsThis 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 infoOverviewAlthough 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 DietMore 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.FiberWhile 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.AntioxidantsDragon 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 CaloriesObesity 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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