Guava is a fruit that contains an impressive list of nutrients and brings some impressive health benefits that many remain unaware of. There are many intriguing recipes involving guava, but this fruit also makes an excellent and filling juice.

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     This tropical fruit can be found growing native in South America, Central America, and Mexico and is cultivated in tropic and sub-tropic climate areas around the world (available january-february and may-october).

 Nutrients Found in Guava

     The amount of nutrients guava contains makes it surprising that this fruit is not as widely talked about when discussions of promoting good health arise. This fruit is full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and has a good dose of fiber as well.

     Antioxidants – The amount of lycopene in guava is very abundant, being twice as much as the amount found in tomatoes. A carotenoid, lycopene is naturally found in the human body. Although not an essential nutrient, it promotes good health by reducing the risk of prostate cancer.

     Lycopene also lowers the risk of stroke, protects blood vessels even better than CoQ10 or vitamins A and E, as well as boosts the health of the skin and bones. Other antioxidants in guava include vitamins A, C, and E

     Vitamins – In addition to the vitamins that can be classified as antioxidants, guava features a moderate amount of B vitamins, such as pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, niacin. The amount of folic acid guava contains makes it a highly recommended fruit for pregnant women, as one cup of it has 81 micrograms. Vitamin K is another vitamin found in guava, at an amount of 4.3 micrograms per cup.

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     Minerals – One of the reasons bananas are so good for the body is the amount of potassium they contain. Yet guava contains even more potassium, pound for pound. Being a rich source of potassium, each guava fruit contains an impressive 229 mg of this mineral. Other minerals in guava include copper, magnesium, and manganese.

     Fiber – For sake of good colon health, among other things, it’s important that diets include a sufficient amount of fiber. Guava contains a generous amount of fiber, having 5.4 grams per every 100 grams of fruit.

Guava Health Benefits

     It’s a little-known fact that guava is classified as a superfood. There are many benefits to including guava in a regular diet. First, it helps to normalize the digestive system, keeping it clean of cancer-causing toxins. Guava helps to ward off many types of cancer and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and diverticulitis. It’s a great cure for constipation and even helps to improve eye health.

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How to Choose Guava Fruit

     The goodness of the juice depends heavily on picking the best fruit. Using guava that isn’t ripe enough can result in a juice that’s sour to the taste and the firmness of the fruit can make chopping and juicing difficult. As guava ripens, the fruit becomes softer and sweeter. When making juice, slightly over ripe guava is the way to go.

     Handle and smell the fruit. It should be only a bit soft when pressure is applied to it and the aroma of the fruit should be detectable even without having to put the fruit up to your nose.

Preparing and Drinking Guava Juice

     Guava juice is not something commonly found in the average supermarket. Those who love juicing wouldn’t want to buy guava juice anyway because they recognize the benefits of making it at home, such as quality assurance, less contaminants, and the preservation of nutrients.

     Because of the way guava juice is made, there’s no need to worry about missing out on the helpful amount of fiber the fruit contains.

     When making guava juice, first be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly. Then cut of the ends. If you’re using a blender to make the juice, you might want to peel the fruit like a potato, but it’s not necessary when using a juicer.

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     Also, it might be necessary to add water to the mix when using a blender. The more water you add, the thinner the juice will be, but remember that you’re also thinning out the nutrients. Simply put the fruit in first and blend it intermittently, adding water as desired.

     If using a juicer, simply insert the chopped up fruit and the machine will do the rest. Depending on the type of juicer you use, there may be guava seeds in the juice. These are fine to consume, but you might not enjoy the texture. The seeds can be strained out through a cheese cloth.

Nutrition Fact of Guava

The content of guava fruit (100 gr)
Calories 49 cal
Vitamin A 25 SI
Vitamin B1 0.02 mg
Vitamin C 87 mg
Calcium 14 mg
Hydrate Charcoal 12.2 grams
Phosphorus 28 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Protein 0.9 mg
0.3 grams of fat
Water 86 grams.

Guava Cocktails

(from: Absolut Drinks)

Absolut Jacobs’s

Glass type: Highball Glass
Taste: Fresh, Herb

Ingredients:

  • 3 Parts Guava Juice
  • 1 Part Simple Syrup
  • 2 Slices Jackfruit

How to mix:
Muddle jackfruit and simple syrup in a shaker. Add guava juice. Fill with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Tropical Fruit Punch

Glass type: Highball Glass
Taste: Fruity

Ingredients:

  • 4 Parts Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Parts Guava Juice
  • 1 Part Orange Juice
  • 1 Part Lime Juice
  • 1 Wedge Lime
  • 1 Leaf Pineapple

How to mix:
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Stir. Garnish with lime and pineapple.

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Tequila Guyaba

Glass type: Rocks Glass
Taste: Fresh, Fruity, Sour, Sweet
Non-alcoholic alternative: Virgin Mary

Ingredients:

  • 3 Parts Tequila
  • 1 Part Guava Juice
  • 1 Part Lime Juice
  • 1 Part Orange Juice
  • 1 Peel Orange

How to mix:
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with orange.

Guava Juice from Amazon

Hawaiian Sun Nectar, Pass-O-Guava, 11.5-Ounce (Pack of 24)

Ceres Guava, 33.8-Ounces (Pack of 12)

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