I have a friend with a small farm and a couple star fruit trees; I must be one of the few people on the Island who enjoy this fruit, and take full advantage when fruits are available. I have never seen it in the supermarkets or various roadside fruit stalls.
Whenever I am researching a health food, my first task is to see if there were scientific studies; yes! I found 9 studies listed by reputable organizations, but I still have a concern, many blogs on the health benefit of a particular health food, always issue a warning that more studies are required to substantiate the findings.
We know about the various health foods for thousands of years; why is it that time is not taken in todays world, to scientifically prove the suggested health benefits are for real.
In 2019 there should be no questions; WHY? Is it because the fruit is available in supermarkets or fruit stands, or from your gardens; therefore no need for a pharmaceutical product?
The time is ripe for an official scientifically backed global menu of health foods from plants and herbs, to be published for the teaching of health education in all schools; I will never get tired preaching it. the end result could be 50% in health care costs for the next generation.
Carambola was first discovered in Sri Lanka and Moluccas Islands of Indonesia, the fruit was later introduced to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Hawaii in 1935. It is widely grown and consumed in Asia, and has grown increasingly popular in the USA, so much so that the increasing demand has led to commercial production in Hawaii. Florida and Peurto Rico.
Today Malaysia is the highest producer of star fruit, exporting to Asia and Europe; other top producing countries are, Guyana, Australia, India, Israel, the Philippines and Taiwan.
There are two species of star fruit, sweet and tart.
Star fruit is a nutritious fruit, extremely low in calories, rich in Vitamin C and dietary Fiber, just slice and eat the star shaped slices.
A, B, and C
High in antioxidant properties -quercetin, gallic acid and epicatechin- polyphenolic compounds.
Helps to boost the immune system
Helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails
Helps increase calcium uptake
Helps increase Iron absorption
It’s anti inflammatory
Antidiarrheal and boosts digestion
Star fruit can be added to salads, use as a garnish, in pies and puddings, in stews and curies, or cooked with seafood or shellfish dishes, make jam or jelly, or as a juice.
Star fruit may cause health issues in some people, people with kidney problems or taking prescription drugs be cautious or avoid star fruit aand its juice or consult a Doctor trained in natural medicine
I have been advocating for years that all medical schools should teach natural medicine alongside regular medicine, normally most articles about foods that have medical benefits would warn you to consult your Doctor who may not have a clue unless he or she was trained in natural medicine.
For further information on star fruit, Google -Health Benefits of Carambola or Star fruit; start with- healthline.com or beanimaljourney.com.
When I am not researching health foods, I am carving wood