4 Myths About Custard Apple Debunked By Celebrity Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar

Despite being very nutritious, people avoid eating custard apple due to certain myths related to its consumption. Read the facts.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Nov 02, 2019 17:17 IST
4 Myths About Custard Apple Debunked By Celebrity Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar

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Custard Apple is such a delicious fruit that is loved by one and all. It is a seasonal fruit that you’d find during the Autumn season. It is popularly called ‘Shareefa’ and it is due to its sweet and creamy texture that it got the name ‘Custard Apple’. This fruit is supremely rich in nutrients. Not many people know that this fruit is a great alternative to dairy and therefore its is good to be consumed by lactose-intolerant people. But there are certain myths associated with this fruit that people avoid eating it. Famous celeb nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar took to her Instagram to talk about the myths and facts. If you want to know them, read this article.

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Sitaphal - Fears and facts Fear - Avoid if Diabetic Facts - Has a low glycemic index of 54. Not just safe but foods that are low on GI, 55 and below, are recommended for Diabetics. Fear - Avoid if fat Facts - Good source of Vit B complex, specially Vit B6, so even works at reducing bloating. Fear - Avoid if heart patient Facts - High on minerals like Manganese and Potassium and Vitamin C, it has an anti-ageing effect on the heart and circulatory system. Fear - Avoid if PCOD Facts - Good source of iron, fights feelings of tiredness, irritability and improves fertility. -- As part of our small initiative to promote local produce, we have made a poster for Sitaphal (custard apple, shareefa) sellers. Just like my team did, you can download, print and distribute the poster to your local fruit sellers. Eat local, buy local, help local. Download poster here - Link in bio #Sitaphal #custardapple #localfruits #seasonal

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Myth: People with diabetes shouldn’t eat shareefa.

Fact: According to the glycemic index (a measure of the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels), Custard Apple is found to have low glycemic, with an index of 54. It is not only a safe food but it has a GI content of less than 55. That's why diabetics can eat Custard Apple.

Myth: Do not eat Custard Apple if you are fat

Fact: Custard Apple is a good source of vitamin B complex, especially vitamin B6, which works to reduce flatulence. This means that it is not associated with weight gain or obesity.

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Myth: Custard Apple is harmful to heart patients

Fact: Custard Apple is found in abundance in minerals like magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, which have anti-aging effects on the heart and the cardiovascular system. Custard Apple not only works to keep our heart healthy but also helps to keep us away from many diseases.

Myth: Do not touch Custard Apple if you have PCOD

Fact: Custard Apple is a good source of iron, which fights fatigue, irritability and increases fertility. This doesn’t have any link with PCOD or any such condition. A lot of women avoid eating this fruit thinking that it might worsen their condition which is actually nothing but a myth.

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Health is wealth. Eating fruits is good for health and you mustn’t stop having them for baseless reasons. Eat shareefa without worrying about your health as it is very good for your health.

Some Amazing Benefits Of Eating Custard Apple

  • Improves digestion.
  • Reduces stomach bloating.
  • Prevents gas, constipation and relieves stomach ulcers.
  • Custard Apple contains bioactive molecules that protect against obesity, diabetes and cancer.
  • Improves skin tone
  • Strengthens hair
  • Secures eye health
  • Good for brain health
  • Increases hemoglobin levels
  • Safe to be consumed by people of all ages.

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