Rich in vitamin C, pitanga is beneficial for immunity, skin health and stress regulation.
For those days that are already busy and will require maximum capacity, it is important to eat a complete and nutritious breakfast. This way, the body will find the tools it needs to ensure its proper functioning in a healthy way and without overloads. So, an interesting tip for breakfast is a refreshing juice, such as pitanga juice!
benefits of pitanga
Pitanga is a fruit rich in vitamin C! I mean, it’s super important for the immunity, healing processes, skin health and also for stress regulation. More: vitamin C causes a greater absorption of iron of vegetable origin – from legumes, for example – by the body.
In addition, its orange color guarantees the presence of beta carotene which, in turn, is a precursor to vitamin A! Therefore, with the presence of this vitamin, pitanga also benefits eye health and contributes to skin health, thanks to the production of collagen, such as vitamin C.
Pitanga is also an excellent ally for the body’s natural detoxification, as it contains important vitamins and antioxidants in this process. And the fruit also has action diuretichelping to reduce water retention in the body and improve circulation.
In more technical terms, the fruit has few calories🇧🇷 For example, in a 100 g portion, we only have 40 kcal and 3 g of fibre. That is, it is able to reduce the rate of absorption of carbohydrates, also being an interesting option for those who need to control their blood sugar, such as diabetics and people following a weight loss strategy for example.
What is the best way to consume pitanga to ensure this nutritional richness?
Like the vast majority of fruits, the best way to consume pitanga is always raw, in fruit salads, juices or smoothies🇧🇷 Also, it’s interesting to avoid opening the fruit long before preparation or consumption.
For example, when you make a juice, cut the pitanga and start the recipe step by step. This is because vitamin C is sensitive to light and, after 20 minutes of exposure, there is a significant loss of quantity.
pitanga juice recipe
Time: 5 minutes
Performance: 1 portion
Pitanga Juice Ingredients:
- 100 ml of filtered water or coconut water
- Half a cup of pitanga
- Sugar to taste or 1 teaspoon of honey
Method of preparation:
To prepare the juice we can use water or coconut water, which is naturally sweet. Next, mix the water with some ice cubes and a handful of pitanga. To sweeten it you can use a little sugar or honey and, to give it a particular touch, you can add spices such as lemon grass, mint, ginger or cinnamon. It’s delicious! Finally, immediate consumption is recommended after preparation.
Cooperation: Gisele Haiek, nutritionist and food hygiene control specialist
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