How to eat guava?

This breakfast guava bread is a tropical vacation for your mornings. Light, crumbly and packed with guava and coconut flavors. A sweet way to start your day.

Bread or cake? It’s kind of hard to say with this one since this delicious guava recipe is shaped like a loaf, but sweet like a cake.

Cakes can come in all shapes you know! Call it what you want, you’re going to love this sweet treat for breakfast or for dessert.

Guava Bread

Anyway, recently a friend said to me, “a woman at work gave me a bunch of guavas from her tree. Do you want them?” Never being one to say no to anything, I readily accepted. That’s when I realized that I had no idea how to even eat a guava.

After a bit of googling, I learned that guavas can be eaten whole. Skin, seeds and all. There’s no way I could have eaten all the guavas she gave me before they went bad, so I wanted to use a bunch of them in a recipe.

I thought guava cake sounded like something nice to have for breakfast, and made me think of tropical destinations I could daydream about while waking up with coffee each morning, so I set out to create this sweet frosted breakfast bread.

It turned out great! Fruity, crumbly, yet moist, and just enough tropical flavor to transport me on a mini vacation in my mind each morning.

Too bad the fantasy didn’t last long. Olive learned the very next day how to snatch stuff off of the kitchen counter, and helped herself to rest of the cake.

Jerk puppy. She’s lucky she’s so cute or there would have been breakfast cake hell to pay!

So now we’re in the phase of trying to teach her not to counter surf, which is one of the joys (ha.) of owning any kind of large dog. So far she’s also gotten a loaf of bread and a stick of butter. We’ve tried booby trapping the counter to no avail, so basically we’ve just been trying to catch her in the act and scold her instantly.

Anyone have any tips on how to stop this? In the meantime, I’ll try to get my hands on some more guavas in order to make this again.

Tip: Your guavas are ripe if they change from dark to light green and become very soft. Once they give of a very strong, sweet fragrance, they are ready to eat.

If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to see it! Tag me @betsylife on Facebook or Instagram and I’ll share your creations!

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Breakfast Guava Bread

This tropical and fruity Breakfast Guava Bread doubles as breakfast or dessert! It’s moist, light, and delicious, and perfect for guava newbies.

Course Breakfast, Dessert Cuisine American Keyword guava bread, guava cake, guava recipe Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes Servings 12 servings Calories 456 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 1 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped guava peeled, seeds removed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix in extracts

  5. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add in the flour mixture until well combined
  6. Fold in chopped guava
  7. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack and cool completely
  9. Whisk together powdered sugar and heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time, until desired glaze consistency is reached. Pour over cooled bread. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Recipe Notes

While you can eat the whole guava, I chose to peel and remove the seed from my guavas before baking this bread solely for texture purposes.

Nutrition Facts Breakfast Guava Bread Amount Per Serving (1 g) Calories 456 Calories from Fat 252 % Daily Value* Fat 28g43% Saturated Fat 17g85% Cholesterol 107mg36% Sodium 227mg9% Potassium 224mg6% Carbohydrates 48g16% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 29g32% Protein 4g8% Vitamin A 950IU19% Vitamin C 47.1mg57% Calcium 63mg6% Iron 1.5mg8% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was updated in 2019

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A Little Guava History

My grandfather used to tell me about the guava and tamarind trees they had in Brownsville, Texas. During the 1930’s however, locals were required to dig up and destroy their trees, as guavas attracted a type of fruit fly that was detrimental to other crops in the U.S. Only in Latin America were guava fruit still available as fresh produce.

Exploring Mexican markets, there is always a sour-sweet pong that tweaks your nose, and you can be sure, it’s guava. A member of the Myrtle family of trees, guavas are native to Latin America, but are now grown commercially around the world in hot climates. Guavas have high pectin content, so they make great thick jams and paste style candies.

After an almost century long ban on the import of fresh guavas into the U.S., produce markets are occasionally offering the fresh guavas for sale. Look in the tropical portion of your produce market, and if you catch the whiff of guava aroma, it’s time to buy.

How to Select Guavas at the Market

Look for fruit that is firm and unblemished. The blossom may still be attached to the end, which will be crispy and brown. Green guava fruit is too sour and hard to eat, but after a few days of sitting on your counter, the fruit should ripen.

The copious seeds found in the guava fruit are very hard and difficult to chew, and so should be scooped out before using them in any recipe. A few added seeds in your recipe are not unpleasant, but guavas have so many seeds that a dish can be overwhelmed with small pebble-like texture.

When incorporated into a dessert, made into a candy, or a syrup, guava flavor is unbelievably delicious. The intoxicating aroma can be addictive. I buy guavas just to keep in the kitchen. The aroma transports me back to adventurous days in Latin American markets, hot afternoons in cafes, and early morning coffee in my sister in law’s country home. For me, guava are the aroma of Latin America.

NOTE: If you notice in my final picture, the guavas turned slightly grey after cooking. I can’t figure out why. I cooked the guavas in a stainless steel, non-reactive saucepan. Perhaps it was the lime juice I added to the boiling syrup, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense, since the guavas are high in acid also. I scoured the internet for information on guava discoloration, but found nothing. If any guava experts can educate me, I would be happy to hear from you. Please post in comments, and I will repost.

Simply scoop out the pebble like seeds with a small spoon before cooking.

Gently simmer the prepared guavas with sugar and cinnamon.

Not sure why the guavas developed a greyish cast when I cooked them, but we devoured them all the same.

Sweet Fresh Guavas in Syrup

Sweet Fresh Guavas in Syrup are easy to make, and can be served with cake, cookies, or by them selves.

  • Author: Melissa Guerra
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Latin

Scale 1x2x3x

  • 1 lb fresh guavas, rinsed and cut in half (500gr)
  • 2 cups water (480ml)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100gr)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 Mexican lime, cut in half
  1. Using a small metal spoon, scoop out the interior seeds of each guava half, discarding the seeds. Place the guava halves in a 1 qt saucepan, and cover with the water. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and squeeze in the lime juice, adding the lime rinds to the saucepan. Stir once, and then bring to boiling over a high flame. Lower the heat to simmering, and then cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove from the heat, cover, and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. Serve warm, or cool completely to chill. Store in the refrigerator.

The guava is a fruit originally from Latin America and the Caribbean that later spread to America and the rest of the world as early as the 1800s. Also known as guayaba, this fruit has earned a reputation for being messy to eat. It’s not impossible to enjoy guava without making a complete mess. Here’s how to eat guava the correct way, plus a few health benefits that will convince you to try this fruit.

Guava’s Health Benefits

Guavas are not only the perfect fruit to quench your thirst, but they’re also extremely healthy. They are a huge source of Vitamin C (even more than oranges), and they’ve been known to have a low glycemic index and to help prevent diabetes.

Guava also helps lower the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, folic acid, magnesium, and iron, among a lot of other vitamins and minerals.

If the taste of a combination of pears and strawberries is something you like, and the taste of pulp is something you don’t mind, there’s no reason not to include guava in your diet.

How to Eat Guava

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First, you have to focus on picking the right guava. The right guava should be blemish-free, have a light yellowish-green color, and are soft when touched.

To eat your guava, begin by cutting it in half. Then cut the halves into thinner slices. You’re free to eat the entire slices with the rind or not, it’s up to you. If you’re looking for a better way to eat guava, you can dip the slices in different sauces — feel free to mix it up with either a sweet or salty condiments.

Guavas are amazing snacks. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, a guava is your perfect solution. Best part of it? They are only 38 calories each. Now that you know how to eat guava, what are you waiting for?

How to Deseed Guava

Guava is a tropical fruit that holds multiple nutrients such as iron, vitamin a, vitamin c, and folic acid. Our recent post shares the recipe for making juice from this delicious fruit along with its benefits. But, one important part of the recipe is deseeding this tropical fruit which is also known as amrood in India.

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Materials for deseeding guava

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The Technique I to Deseed Guava

  • Remove dirt from guava by washing it nicely under the running water.
  • Pat dry them and place into a place.
  • Now, pick one guava and slit the fruit from top to bottom with a sharp edge knife.
  • Now, leave some distance and repeat the same step until the circle is complete.
  • Next step is to press the fruit gently and you will notice that the fruit has loosened a bit.
  • In the end, you will find the whole seed pulp and guava fruit separate.
  • Wash the fruit under running water and pat dry.
  • Now, keep them on a plate.Pick any one of them and slit fruit from the middle.
  • This will separate the fruit into two parts. Now, take a scooper and scoop out the seeds quickly.
  • Clean the fruit under running water and pat dry.
  • Keep them in a plate. Cut the fruit into slices and take a teaspoon.
  • Now, hold the spoon from its end, means upside down and remove the seeds from each slice with the tip of the spoon.

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Let,s first know three techniques of deseeding the guava.

The Technique to Deseed Guava

  • Remove dirt from guava by washing it nicely under the running water.
  • Pat dry them and place into a place.
  • Now, pick one guava and slit the fruit from top to bottom with a sharp edge knife. Now, leave some distance and repeat the same step until the circle is complete.
  • Next step is to press the fruit gently and you will notice that the fruit has loosened a bit. Now here bring your second hand into work and start plucking each edge out of the circle.
  • In the end, you will find the whole seed pulp and guava fruit separate.

Technique II

  • Wash the fruit under running water and pat dry.
  • Now, keep them on a plate.
  • Pick any one of them and slit fruit from the middle. This will separate the fruit into two parts. Now, take a scooper and scoop out the seeds quickly.

Technique III

  • Clean the fruit under running water and pat dry. Keep them in a plate
  • Cut the fruit into slices and take a teaspoon.
  • Now, hold the spoon from its end, means upside down and remove the seeds from each slice with the tip of the spoon.

Cons of Eating Too Much Guava

Increase Sugar Crave – This fruit has a lot of fibers and these nutritional elements may give you a sweet tooth. As too much biting into this fruit can crave you for sugar that can result in diabetics.

Cause Bacterial Infection – Secondly, it can cause bacterial infection has various bacteria like listeria, E.coli and salmonella can stick to guava peel due to the wind and dust particles in the air.

Makes Irritational – Next and the last bad thing about this tropical fruit, guava is not available at all places. The regular habit of adding this fruit to the diet can leave you irritated by not finding them at some places.

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When you think of Guava you think of tropical getaways and fun smoothies with umbrellas sticking out, but what is a guava? Guava is one of those exotic fruits that, if you have no idea what to do with it, you just walk past in the grocery store and never really know what it actually is. So what if there was a way to incorporate this mystical fruit into your daily routine? Well, after reading this article, you will be enriched with the knowledge and possibly add a new item to your shopping list.

What is a Guava?

A guava is an edible tropical fruit with either a yellow or light green skin color and flesh that can either be white, pink, or dark red. It has edible seeds and has numerous health benefits.

Guava or Superfruit?

Guavas while beautiful in color actually hold a number of health benefits. Guava helps to boost immunity. Little known fact, guavas are one of the richest sources of vitamin C so before you go grab your typical OJ, you may want tor each for some guava juice. They hold four times the vitamin C content as oranges and since Vitamin C helps improve immunity and protects you against infections and common pathogens, it can keep you healthier.

Guavas can also keep your heart healthy. Guava fruit helps improve the sodium and potassium balance of the body, thereby regulating blood pressure in patients with hypertension. Guavas also help lower the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol, which contribute to the development of heart disease. The magnesium present in the fruit is responsible for one of the many benefits of guava, helps to relax the muscles and nerves of the body. So after a hard workout or a long day at the office, a guava is certainly what you need to relax your muscles, combat stress and give your system a good energy boost.

Want to shed a few pounds? Guava is just the ticket. Without compromising your intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber, guava helps you lose weight by regulating your metabolism. It’s a win-win! Guava makes for a very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruits.

How to eat a Guava

To start off, look for the softest guava. The softer the guava, the sweeter and more delicious it will be. To tell if a guava is ripe, squeeze it gently and if it gives under your fingers, you know its ripe and ready to use! Once you purchase a guava though they usually go bad in two days because they are extremely perishable so keep that in mind when picking your fruits. Also, look at the guavas to make sure they are blemish free. Blemishes or bruises can mean the fruit is bad or will not taste good. The color can also be a big teller of how ripe the fruit is. Reipe guavas are ones that have gone from bright green to a softer yellowish- green color. If you see a touch of pink on the fruit, you know it is in its prime.

Before you eat the guava you have to wash it and cut it up. Wash the entire fruit because the rinds are actually edible. You can then cut your guavas in half using a serrated knife. you van either eat the guava, rind and all or you can scoop out the insides, regardless you are sure to have a delicious tasting snack. Some people even like to add seasonings or dip it into soy sauce, salt, sugar, or even vinegar.

If you have any leftover guava you didn’t eat, make sure you wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to four days. If you don’t think you will eat it within four days, freeze it and it will last up to eight months.

It’s Always Good with Guava

Whatever your usage for this magical fruit, know that it can have multiple uses and so many reasons to have this new food added onto your typical grocery list. Hopefully this article will give you the tools to transform this fruit in your own way and whatever way that works with your lifestyle. Keep calm and Guava on!

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What Is a Guava—and How Do You Eat It? 

There are few fruits quite as, well, fruity as the guava. Incredibly sweet and nutrient-packed, it’s hard not to love the tropical staple. But what exactly is a guava—and what do you do with it?

What Is Guava?

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Guava is a tropical fruit native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Its skin is typically yellow or light green, while its flesh is usually deep red or a vibrant shade of pink.

The fruit—which has edible seeds and is rounded in shape—grows on the Psidium guajava tree, a member of the myrtle family.

When ripe, a guava smells strong, sweet, and musky.

Guava, which likely originated in southern Mexico, has been distributed across continents for so long, nobody’s quite certain when the first guavas were cultivated.

It’s common in tropical climates around the world.

It arrived on American soil in the 1800s, when people started growing it commercially in Florida and Hawaii (which was not yet a U.S. state).

India is currently the No. 1 producer of guava. The country is responsible for a whopping 41 percent of the world’s total.

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What Does Guava Taste Like?

Guava’s flavor is unique, sweet, and almost universally pleasant. Many people think it tastes like a hybrid between a strawberry and a pear. The sweetness of the fruit depends on which type you’re eating. Here are some of the most common varieties:

  • Lemon Guava has (surprise, surprise) a lemony flavor. Quite sweet and small, this type of guava has a very strong scent and flavor. Also known as Apple Guava, this is the most common variety.
  • Tropical Pink has bright yellow skin and pink flesh. It’s mildly sweet with a strong scent.
  • Tropical White has whitish skin and is yellow on the inside. Because it’s very sweet, it’s great for desserts.
  • Tropical Yellow (or Mexican Cream) has creamy white skin and orange-y flesh. This guava, which is moderately sweet, contains much more liquid than other varieties.
  • Red Malaysian is sweet with red skin and pink flesh. This type is sometimes used as a decoration.

Health Benefits of Guava

Good news, guava lovers: The sweet fruit is really healthy.

Here are some nutritional highlights:

  • Some studies have shown that consuming guava may help lower blood sugar levels.
  • High in antioxidants and potassium, guava can promote heart health.
  • High amounts of fiber (12% of the recommended daily intake) can aid in digestion.
  • Since they’re rich in vitamin C, eating guavas can boost your immune system.

Where to Buy Guava

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Guava’s availability depends on where you’re located in the U.S. If you live in a warm climate, you’re more likely to find fresh guava near you. For instance, it’s much easier to find the tropical fruit at a grocery store or farmers’ market in Florida than in Alaska.

When purchasing guava, look for fruit that’s soft and gives slightly to pressure. Avoid guavas that have blemishes or are extremely hard.

How to Store Guava

If you’ve purchased a guava that’s still quite firm, keep it on the counter (out of sunlight) for a few days while it ripens.

Once it gives slightly to pressure and smells strong and fruity, either enjoy the guava or refrigerate it in the crisper drawer. Before putting it in the fridge, secure your guava in a tightly sealed plastic or paper bag. This will protect it from other fruits that may encourage ripening.

Even if you keep the fruit in a safe place, you’ll still want to eat it within a few days after it’s reached peak ripeness. Like many tropical fruits, guava’s shelf life is fleeting.

Freezing a guava is possible, but tricky. First you must peel the fruit, then completely submerge it in a mixture of plain water and simple syrup. Freeze the guava (still submerged) in an airtight container for up to a year.

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The entire guava is edible, so wash it thoroughly before preparing it. Cut the fruit like you would a cantaloupe: Down the middle, then into slices.

Guava has a variety of culinary purposes, though it’s most commonly eaten by itself.

Agua fresca, a fruit-based beverage that often includes guava, is extremely popular in Latin American countries. It’s often made into candies, dried snacks, desserts, and glazes for meats.

Because of its high pectin content, guava is particularly suitable for making jellies, jams, and marmalades.

Guava Recipes

Ready to try your hand at cooking with guava? Try one of our favorite recipes using the tropical fruit:

  • Baked Ham With Guava Glaze
  • Strawberry-Guava Smoothie
  • Guava-Candied Ginger Gelato
  • Guava Cream Cheese Pastries
  • Baked Guava Chicken

If you’re new to guava and are just not sure what to do with it, check out the info below. It should help!
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Guava 101 – The Basics

About Guava
Guava is the fruit of a relatively small tree that appears to have originated in southern Mexico through Central America. There is historical data about guava dating back to the 1500’s but the tree probably originated earlier than that. It is now grown around the world in warm climates.

The fruit can be round, oval, or pear-shaped, and 2 to 4 inches long. There are as many as 150 varieties, differing in color, seediness, and flavor. The flesh can be white, pink, yellow or red. The entire fruit is edible–seeds, peel and all. However, the seeds are very hard and many people cook the fruit then strain out the seeds. The better varieties are soft when ripe, with creamy flesh, and a rind that softens to be fully edible. The flavor of the pulp may be sweet or sour, depending on its ripeness. It has been described as sweet-tart, like that of a strawberry, pear, and pineapple combined.

Nutrition Tidbits
Guava is known for being rich in Vitamin C, which is found mostly in the rind, but also to a lesser degree in the flesh. It has a good amount of fiber and is low in sugar.

Immature fruits are astringent. That property has been used in the tropics to aid gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and dysentery.

How to Select Guava
Look for guavas that are free of bruises, blemishes, and soft spots. Avoid fruit that is spotted, mushy, or very green. A just ripe guava will give to gentle pressure like an avocado, and will have a floral aroma. Firm guavas should be ripened before being eaten. An unripe guava will be astringent.

How to Store Guava
If the guavas you purchase are hard and not ripe, keep them at room temperature out of direct sun until they begin to soften, like an avocado. Once they are ripe, place them in the refrigerator in a plastic or paper bag and use as soon as possible within 2 to 4 days. Ripe guavas bruise easily and are highly perishable.

To store cut guava, wrap it tightly in plastic and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you need to keep it beyond that, it would be best to wrap it tightly and store it in the freezer.

How to Preserve Guava
Ripe guava can be pureed and frozen in an air-tight container. Frozen guava will keep for about 8 months.

How to Prepare Guava
Wash the entire guava under cold water. Pat it dry with a towel. Place it on a cutting board and cut it in half. The seeds can be scooped out if desired, but they are completely edible, although they are hard to chew. The pulp can be scooped out and used, or it can simply be sliced and eaten, or cooked as needed. If you cut into a guava and the flesh is brown, it is spoiled; discard it.

Cooking/Serving Methods
Raw guava is often sliced or cubed and served in desserts like you would use pears, simply eaten out of hand, or added to a tropical salad.

They can be puréed and strained to flavor poultry or pork sauces or as flavoring for mousses, ice cream bases, whipped cream or custards.

In cultures where guava is eaten on a regular basis, the fruit is more often cooked or stewed. The seeds are usually removed, strained, then the pulp and rinds are stewed in a sugar syrup and served with cream cheese.

Rich guava paste, guava cheese, and guava syrup are sweet staples in cultures where guava are common. Guavas are also often used in pies, cakes, puddings, sauces, ice cream, jam, butter, marmalade, chutney, relish, catsup, and other products.

Dehydrated guavas may be ground to a powder and used to flavor ice cream, confections and fruit juices, or boiled with sugar to make jelly, or utilized as pectin to make jelly of low-pectin fruits.

Other ideas for using guava:
* Add to juices or smoothies

* Poach guava in wine or a spice syrup in place of pears

* Add sliced guava on top of cakes or meringues

* Cook guava into a compote or sauce and use it to top pancakes, desserts, or oatmeal

Herbs/Spices That Go Well With Guava
Basil, chili peppers, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, juniper, lavender, mint, poppy seeds

Proteins: Cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts

Vegetables: Onion, salad greens

Dairy: Cream, cream cheese, goat cheese, yogurt

Sweets and Other: Honey, olive oil, phyllo dough, rum, sugar, vanilla, white chocolate

Recipe Links
Agua de Guayaba (Guava Drink) https://mexicanfoodjournal.com/agua-de-guayaba/

Guava Recipes https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/guava

Guava Recipes (268) https://cookpad.com/us/search/guava

Banana Guava Smoothie http://www.dole.com/recipes/b/banana-guava-smoothie

Strawberry, Mango, Guava Smoothie https://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/strawberry-guava-smoothie-2/

Guava Pineapple Smoothie https://www.runningtothekitchen.com/guava-pineapple-smoothie/

About Judi
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.

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11 Important Benefits Of Guava Fruit + Guava Nutrition Facts Ravi Teja Tadimalla Hyderabd040-395603080 August 26, 2019

Guava is a common fruit. It is available at your nearest market. It looks simple. You can simply bite into it and relish its taste. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Or is it? The fruit is replete with antioxidants and other nutrients like vitamin C and lycopene. It is a powerhouse of fiber too. Eating a guava a day can do more good to you than you can ever think of. How? Keep reading, and you will know.

Why Guava?

For this, we need to take a look at its nutritional profile.

Just one guava contains 126 mg of vitamin C, which meets a whopping 209% percent of your daily recommended values. The fruit also contains 229 mg of potassium, 343 IU of vitamin A, and 27 mcg of folate.

There are other nutrients as well – all of which are reason enough for you to start including guavas in your diet right away. And if you are looking for more reasons, here are some superb ways this fruit can benefit you.

What Are The Benefits Of Guava?

  1. Guava Boosts Your Immunity
  2. Protects Your Heart
  3. Helps In Managing Diabetes
  4. Protects You From Cancer
  5. May Promote Weight Loss
  6. Guava Boosts Your Digestive Health
  7. Improves Your Vision
  8. Can Relieve Menstrual Symptoms
  9. Is Beneficial During Pregnancy
  10. Can Ease Your Stress
  11. Improves Your Skin Health

1. Guava Boosts Your Immunity

Guava is replete with vitamin C. In fact, it offers a lot more of the vitamin than a similar amount of oranges. Hundreds of studies tell us how vitamin C can help boost immunity and fight disease-causing pathogens (1). So, if an incessant cold or cough is bothering you, simply grab a guava.

You don’t have to worry about the excess vitamin in the fruit. Vitamin C is water-soluble, and the extra is not stored in the body. It is flushed out through urine.

Growing research tells us that vitamin C also protects your body’s cells from damage, thereby averting serious diseases like arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Just ensure you have the fruit ripe – as that is when it contains the most vitamin C (2).

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2. Protects Your Heart

As guava is a rich source of dietary fiber, it is a must-have if you want to take care of your heart and gut health. The fiber lowers bad cholesterol, which can contribute to heart disease. Even the high potassium levels in the fruit help – potassium lowers blood pressure.

The polysaccharides (a type of carbohydrate) in guava leaves act as antioxidants and fight oxidative stress (3). Oxidative stress, as we know, can create chaos in your body’s system – and the heart is one organ that is quite vulnerable to it.

Guava leaves, when used as tea, also prevent atherosclerosis (4).

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3. Helps You Manage Diabetes

The fiber in the fruit comes to the rescue again. Fiber can lower blood sugar levels. It can also prevent constipation, which is a common problem faced by individuals who have diabetes.The fiber content in the fruit increases the count and variety of gut bacteria, leading to a healthier digestive system.

An Indian study tells how guava (without the peel) can help in lowering blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels – thereby cutting the risk of diabetes (5).

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4. Protects You From Cancer

The antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C fight free radicals, which can cause cancer. These antioxidants also prevent the proliferation of cancer cells (6). Guavas are especially powerful in aiding the treatment of cancers of the breast and prostate.

Apart from antioxidants, guavas also contain fiber that prevents hemorrhoids and colon cancer.

Guava leaves can also be of help here. Studies conducted on guava leaf extracts found them to be potent enough to stave off cancer, thanks to the presence of therapeutic compounds (7).

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5. May Promote Weight Loss

Though research is ongoing, the possible weight loss properties of guava can be attributed to its fiber content. Also, it is comparatively low in calories. You sure can make it a part of your weight loss diet.

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6. Guava Boosts Your Digestive Health

Given that guavas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, they preserve digestive health. One guava can give you 12% of the RDA of fiber (8). Some sources suggest that the leaves of the fruit are good at treating nausea and vomiting.

Medical literature also tells us how guava can treat diarrhea, thanks to its antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties. This is especially true with the extracts of the fruit and the leaves (9).

Guava’s antimicrobial properties can also fight the harmful gut microbes and prevent digestive infections, diarrhea being the most common of those (10).

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7. Improves Your Vision

The vitamin A in guava boosts vision. This nutrient is known to cut down the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. The abundant vitamin C in the fruit also contributes to better vision (11).

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8. Can Relieve Menstrual Symptoms

In a study, 197 women with painful dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) found relief after taking 6 mg/day of a drug containing guava extracts (12).

Another South African study reveals the spasmolytic effects of guava leaf extract. The extract was found to relieve cramps of smooth muscle–like that of the uterus (13).

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9. Are Beneficial During Pregnancy

Guava is a good source of folate, a nutrient quite crucial during pregnancy. Numerous studies show how this nutrient prevents birth defects in the baby – especially those associated with the baby’s brain and spinal cord (14).

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10. Can Ease Your Stress

The magnesium in the fruit bags the credit here. Magnesium is known to relax the body’s nerves and muscles, and this can ease stress. Studies also suggest that magnesium may help relieve anxiety in individuals (15).

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11. Improves Your Skin Health

The antioxidants in guava can protect your skin from damage and delay signs of aging (16). The abundance of vitamins A and C contribute here – especially vitamin C, which enhances skin firmness.

Guava extract’s antimicrobial properties also help treat acne as they are effective in eliminating the bacteria that cause acne (17).

The fruit ain’t as simple as it seems, right? The benefits speak for themselves. And in fact, guava is one of those foods that has almost no side effects. Only that you need to take a little extra care during pregnancy and breastfeeding – don’t eat too many of them! Just 1 to 2 guavas should do.

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Conclusion

One of the simplest of fruits, but one of the most nutritious – that’s guava for you. Start eating guava today – you’ll have everything to gain!

And tell us how this post has helped you. Just leave a comment in the box below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is it okay to eat the guava seeds?

Yes. You can eat the guava seeds.

Can you eat guava on an empty stomach?

Not recommended. Fruits with tough fibers, like guava, can slow down your digestive system. Don’t have guavas first thing in the morning.

Why are some guavas pink and some white?

Pink guava contains carotenoids, the very same pigments that give tomatoes and carrots their distinct color. White guavas don’t contain the carotenoids.

What is guava called in different languages?

Guava is called goyave in French, guayaba in Spanish, and amrood in Hindi.

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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Guava

Despite being a tropical fruit with distinctive flavor and fragrance, the guava is also known for the various health-improving properties. What isn’t common knowledge is that the bark and leaves are also useful to improving our health.

Source: Health Adore

The guava fruit is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits, and is now easily available around the world. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals – 4 times the Vitamin C of an oranges and 10 times more Vitamin A than a lemon. And that is not all; it also contains Vitamins B2, E and K, Calcium, Folate, Fiber, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Manganese and Phosphorus.

All around the world, it is used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes. Guava juice is also a refreshing beverage, and is also used in sauces, candies, jams and jellies.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of guava and guava leaves.

  1. Maintains Oral Health

With dental plaque being the principal factor in many oral health problems, guava comes as the solution. Guava leaves are extremely efficient in preventing and treating oral problems because of the anti-plaque properties. Herbalists recommend the use of tender leaves of guava to maintain oral hygiene. The leaves have antimicrobial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which aid in the reduction of gum inflammation and refreshment of your breath. Additionally, you can use guava leaves to cure swollen gums, toothaches and oral ulcers. You can also use the twigs of guava trees as a toothpick or as a chewing stick for cleaning your teeth. To maintain oral hygiene chew 2 tender guava leaves on a daily basis.

You can also make a homemade mouthwash by boiling 6 tender guava leaves in water. Remove the pot and allow the solution to cool to a warm temperature and then add some salt. Swish the mouthwash thoroughly around your mouth and teeth twice daily.

  1. Improves Heart Health

Studies show that regular consumption of guava can decrease blood pressure and blood lipids. The reason behind this is that guava is rich with potassium, soluble fiber content and vitamin C. Potassium can help regulate and steady the heartbeat and high blood pressure while vitamin C keeps the blood vessels healthy. Eating pink-fleshed guava on regular basis can decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Guava leaves tea helps lower ‘’bad’’ cholesterol and triglycerides. This will keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

  1. Treats Diarrhea

According to a study, guava leaf extract impedes the growth of staphylococcus aureus bacteria which is a common cause of diarrhea. Guava leaves tea is actually a common cure for diarrhea. The tea will cause fewer watery stools, decrease abdominal pain allowing for a quicker recovery. The antibacterial effects of guava fruits aid in the cleaning of the digestive tract, impeding microbial and bacterial growth. While the fiber improves proper excretion and digestion. As prevention you should chew some guava leaves on daily basis

  1. Controls Diabetes

For a long time guava has been used for the treatment of diabetes in Chinese medicine. Studies conducted in Japan are showing that the hypoglycemic effect of guava juice is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Being rich in fibers and low glycemic index, guava is extremely useful people with diabetes. The fibers are regulating the sugar level while the low glycemic index protects from a sudden spike in sugar levels.

Even more if you are at risk of developing diabetes you can try drinking this tea as prevention on a daily basis. Follow these simple steps to make it.

  • Dry the tender guava leaves and crush them into a powder.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of crushed guava leaves to a cup of hot water.
  • Cover the cup letting it steep for 5 minutes
  • Now strain it and enjoy drinking it.
  1. Improves Your Immunity

Being rich with vitamin C, guava can greatly boost your immunity protecting you from inflammations and infections. In addition, guava’s anti-inflammatory action and its ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules like prostaglandins help keep you disease free. Consumption can be of your choice, whether it is smoothies, salads or tea it is totally up to you.

  1. Lowers Risk of Cancer

Quercetin, lycopene and vitamin C are the reason why guava is useful in cancer treatment and cancer prevention. These components neutralize free-radical that are damaging the body, which can cause cancer. A study printed 2010 in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal; researchers claimed that guava extract can reduce the size of prostate tumors. Regular intake of guava extract can reduce the appearance of prostate cancer in men. Regular intake of guava can also help prevent several types of cancer like skin, breast, stomach, mouth, lung and colon cancer.

  1. Improves Vision

With vitamin A being the essential vitamin for good eyesight, guava becomes the help we needed because of the high levels of vitamin A it contains. Vitamin A maintains a healthy, clear cornea and protects the cells in your eyes. Vitamin A deficiency causes the common problem known as night blindness. Additionally, the vitamin C in guava promotes healthy capillaries and maintains proper functioning of the retinal cells. Regular intake of this fruit will help improve your eyesight. It can also help slow down the development of cataracts and macular degeneration, two common vision problems that occur with age. Include raw guava or guava juice in your diet to enjoy good eyesight for years.

  1. Stimulates Cognitive Function

You can keep your brain, one of the major organs of your body, healthy with guava. Guava stimulates cognitive functions and sharpens our focus. Being rich in vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants, this fruit helps nourish the brain and mental functioning. Additionally, the vitamins B3 and B6 in guava improve blood circulation to the brain. The potassium in guava also helps maintain the electrical conductivity of the brain, which is important for improving thinking as well as recall capacity. To give your brainpower a boost, do not forget to include this tropical fruit in your diet.

  1. Keeps Skin Healthy

Guava, especially red guava, contains strong antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can damage your body at the cellular level. This can lead to signs of aging like wrinkles and saggy skin, dryness and a dull complexion. The vitamin C in guava stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, the structural proteins that help keep your skin firm and elastic. Furthermore, the astringent properties in unripe guava and the guava leaves improve skin texture, protect it from sun’s ultraviolet rays and prevent the appearance of acne and pimples. Consume guava daily to improve healthy skin. You can also rinse your skin with a concoction made of immature fruit and leaves.

  1. Regulates Thyroid Health

Guava is a good source of copper, which is important for thyroid health, one of the most important glands in the body for regulating hormones and organ system function. Copper helps control hormone production and absorption, which inadvertently regulates the functioning of the thyroid. Guava also contains potassium and powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help improve thyroid functioning. Furthermore, guava supports weight loss and decreases fatigue. As a prevention for thyroid related problems, you can start consuming guava fruit or drinking guava leaves tea.

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