If you haven’t heard of lucuma, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. Lucuma is a powerful, nutrition-packed fruit that come with dozens of benefits that can improve your health and boost your wellness.
And if you’re looking to lose weight, look better or feel better, lucuma needs to be in your diet – starting today. Let’s take a deeper look at this unique little fruit now.
What is Lucuma?
Lucuma is a fruit native to areas of South America. It’s yellow on the inside, green on the outside and looks similar to a mango or papaya. To South Americans, the fruit is known as “Gold of the Incas,” as historically, lucumas were a large part of the Incan diet centuries and centuries ago.
The lucuma is said to have a taste slightly like a mango, crossed with an apricot. To use non-fruit terms, many say maple syrup or sweet potatoes are similar tastes as well.
Lucumas have a very dry flesh, which isn’t easy to eat. For this reason, these bright fruits are traditionally eaten in juice form, or by blending it and adding it to smoothies and other dishes. It’s a great way to add a sweet, natural kick without any harmful sugars and artificial sweeteners. Lucuma can also be eaten in powder or supplement form.
Benefits of Lucuma
Aside from adding a sweet kick to your meals and dishes, lucuma also comes with dozens and dozens of health benefits. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good carbohydrates and even fiber, there are few fruits a nutrient-packed as this one.
Here are just a few of the amazing benefits that come with the lucuma:
- It’s full of iron – Lucuma is extremely rich in iron. This is great for your health, as iron plays a vital role in transporting oxygen to your body’s cells. Iron can also boost your overall energy, and it’s important if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
- It has lots of beta carotene – In addition to iron, lucuma also has lots of beta carotene, a vitamin that helps improve your eyesight and boost your immune system. It can also promote growth of new cells and prevent cancers like liver, pancreas, colon, prostate and more.
- It can reduce inflammation – Studies have shown that lucuma can actually have anti-inflammatory effects, relieving aches and pains from chronic conditions like arthritis and more. This can also reduce redness and puffiness in the skin.
- It’s big on fiber – One of the best things about lucuma is that it’s full of fiber. Fiber is crucial to your digestive system, keeping you clean, clear and unbloated. Fiber can also help keep you full and stave off cravings – something that’s vital if you’re looking to drop a few pounds.
- It can help your skin – Putting the extract of lucuma on your skin can have great benefits, too. For one, it’s been known to help wounds heal, close faster and promote tissue regeneration. It’s also able to stave off signs of aging and wrinkling.
- It’s high in niacin – Niacin is vital to digestion, stress regulation and muscular development and, unless you get plenty of meat in your diet, you may be lacking it in your day-to-day meals. Fortunately, lucuma is extremely high in this important nutrient, delivering loads in just one small serving.
- It has all the minerals and vitamins you could need – You’d be amazed at all the nutrients that the lucuma comes with. Here are just a few of the vitamins and minerals you’ll find in just one fruit: thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B2, niacin, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and more.
- It can improve your bone health – Thanks to its high calcium content, the lucuma can also help strengthen your bones and skeletal system. It can also ward off osteoporosis and improve the health of your teeth.
Lucuma is a pretty powerful fruit. On top of all this, it can also boost your energy, better your digestion, improve your metabolism, increase nervous system health, reduce blood pressure and even help regulate your hormones. And one of the best parts of the lucuma? It’s really low in calories, and it has virtually no fat. The winning combination if you’re hoping to slim down a little bit!
Because of its sweet flavor, lucuma is a great addition to just about any meal or snack. One of the best ways to eat it? That’d be in a homemade healthy smoothie or ice cream. All you need is some lucuma powder, a cup of softened cashews, a little honey, and some water. Blend it up, freeze it and eat away. It’s a great after dinner-snack that won’t pack on the calories.
Have you ever tried lucuma before? What are you favorite ways to work it into your diet? Let me know in the comments.