Passion Fruit is popular mostly in tropical areas, but is enjoyed around the world. Generally passion fruit is consumed in juice form. Passion fruit juice blends have become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years for both flavor and health.
It is important to note that many juice “blends” may not contain that much actual passion fruit, and any fruit drink can potentially contain less of the valuable nutrients due to processing. Here we will look at nutrition based on I cup of fruit 236g.
One cup contains 5.19 grams of protein, 55.18 grams of carbohydrates, 24.5 grams of total dietary fiber, and 26.43 grams of sugars. The high carbs and sugars in passion fruit make for a good natural energy boost, while the protein is more than you would find in most fruits and creates a more filling and well balanced food.
Additionally, the Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) content is strong with 70.8 mg per one cup. This is more than double the amount found in a tangerine. Vitamin C is celebrated for its health benefits especially its benefits to the immune system. The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C is 75 mg for adult women and 90 mg for adult men, 15 mg to 45 mg for children aged 1-13. Looking at these numbers, it’s impossible to deny that Passion Fruit caries a punch when it comes to this important vitamin.
Another nice thing to see in the nutrient profile of passion fruit is its Vitamin B3 content. B3 or Niacin plays several important roles in the health of the human body. Benefits include improved circulation and lowering of cholesterol in the blood. Studies also indicate that Niacin rich diets may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are also investigating whether it can be beneficial in the treatment of depression and ADHD and the prevention of Skin Cancer. This important vitamin is present at a rate of 3.54 mg per cup of Passion Fruit (about ¼ daily recommended Allowance.)
Even more impressive, one serving contains 3002 IU of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for reproductive health, proper function of the heart , lungs and other important organs, and is essential for eye health.
Overall, Passion Fruit is definitely a good source of vitamins and minerals and provides a great deal of health benefits ranging from dietary fiber, and energy production to possibly aiding in the treatment of assorted health problems.