African star apple is fondly called Agbalumo by the Yoruba people and Udara by the Igbo. Agbalumo is the new fruit in town. As sweet as it tastes, this star apple is a folk remedy in several countries. Known for its enticing look, it has its own season of harvest. It has its allure and its nourishing, so why not take in the benefits it has to offer…
Helps You Lose Weight
A serving of star apple contributes 3 g of fiber to the recommended daily intake of 25 to 38 g. Fiber provides bulk to your diet, a factor that can make your stomach feel fuller for longer. This can keep you from eating too much, and it may help you lose weight. This nutrient can also help protect you from diabetes and some forms of cancer.
All-Round Basic Nutrition
1-cup serving of fresh star apple contains 67 calories. Eating star apple as a snack is a good choice as the calories are low and it provides no fat. However, this may not be enough calories to ease hunger pains and boost energy levels, as between-meal snacks are meant to do. The Diet Channel notes that 100 to 200 calories per snack is best; consider eating an oz. of cheese or a tsp. of peanut butter to boost the number of calories into this range. One serving of star apple also has 15 g of carbohydrates, or 11.5 percent of the 130 g suggested for daily consumption by the Institute of Medicine.
A Health Snack
As with most fruits, it has low calorie because of its little fat content so it is definitely a healthy food.It is a superb snack because its high fibre content provides food bulk, which both increase apetite and aids digestion
It has a surprisingly decent amount of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Clearly, Vitamin C sources are not exclusive to the citrus fruits family- in fact, Guava has much more!
Recently published researches done here in Nigeria about Udara/Agbalumo leaves carried out on rats showed two possible medicinal uses. It could serve as a natural source of Anti-Oxidant booster to remove free radicals from oxidative stress disorders, and its leaf extract contains hypoglycemic (to treat diabetes) and anti-platelet activities, although it also had toxic effects on some organs.