This fruit comes from the Malayan peninsula and is very popular in Southeast Asia, but is also famous in Latin America, the Caribbean and southern United States. When is ripe, has yellowish color with sweet and sour taste at the same time. Its taste is sort of combination of apple, pear, grape and citrus taste and some people love this kind of flavor combinations.
Of course, we are talking of carambola fruit, also known as star fruit because of its shape in cross-section.
This is a low calorie fruit, contains only 31 calories in 100g. It is very rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and B, lutein, folate, niacin, riboflavin and minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, zinc and iron.
Health benefits of carambola (star fruit)
Improves your slight
Carambola contains vitamin A, which contributes to perfect health of your eyes.
Improves sleep and fights insomnia
This fruit has high amounts of magnesium, which is essential for peaceful and healthy sleep. You should consume more carambola if you have trouble sleeping or suffering from insomnia.
It is good for the skin
Because rich in flavonoids, carambola can help you to get a healthier skin and prevents diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Carambola can also be very beneficial if you have acne problems, because of high amounts of zinc.
Carambola, as any other fruit is rich in fiber, and you all know how beneficial they are for your heart’s health. Fibers can help lowering the bad cholesterol, which is the main cause for clogged arteries, and at the same time increases the good cholesterol, HDL.