Discover the 15 shocking health benefits of soursop.
The soursop, muricara or sirsak, is an edible fruit green, with thorns and heart-shaped, from tropical and subtropical areas of the islands of the Caribbean, West Indies, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, South America, and Central America.
It is currently found in other parts of the world such as Africa (Nigeria, Congo, and Cameroon)
There are numerous health benefits of soursop: it improves digestion and cardiovascular health, it is rich in antioxidants, it improves the quality of sleep, it is diuretic, it helps control weight, it avoids squid, and others that we will explain below.
Although its rind is bitter, the flesh of the fruit is soft and sweet, which is why it has become the base of many drinks, ice cream, desserts, and other popular foods.
Beyond its usefulness as a food, it also contains vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that make it potentially beneficial for human health.
Health benefits of the soursop
Below are the health benefits of soursop;
1- High nutritional value
Soursop is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, sodium, protein, potassium, pectin, glucose, fructose, and dietary fiber, all essential for promoting good health.
2- Increase energy level
Soursop is an excellent natural source of carbohydrates for the body.
Carbohydrates are biomolecules composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, whose main functions in living beings are to provide us with immediate and structural energy.
A full cup of soursop is made up of about 38 grams of carbohydrates.
3- Maintains bone health
It is a rich source of calcium and phosphorus, which are essential for maintaining strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.
A cup of guanabana provides 31.5 mg of calcium and 60.75 mg of phosphorus.
4- Helps digestion
Soursop is an excellent source of dietary fiber, so it is very good for facilitating the digestion of food.
A cup of soursop provides 7.42 grams of dietary fiber.
5- Healthy for the heart
Soursop contains 625.5 mg of potassium per cup. Potassium improves blood pressure and helps optimize heart rate.
6- Gastrointestinal treatment
Both the pulp and the leaves of the soursop are used to treat gastrointestinal diseases, such as stomach pain and diarrhea.
According to Professor Ifeoma Enwean, a researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria, the use of extracts from the soursop pulp is highly recommended in the control of the stomach diseases.
7- Avoid leg cramps
Due to its high content of potassium, as well as magnesium, calcium, and sodium, it helps prevent muscle weakness and annoying leg cramps.
8- Improves sugar levels
There is research that indicates that soursop helps to improve glycemic levels in diabetic patients, however before being consumed it is advisable to consult with your doctor.
9- Rich in antioxidants
Soursop is an excellent source of vitamin C, therefore it acts as a great antioxidant to promote good health and slow down the aging process. One cup of soursop contains 46.35 mg of this vitamin.
10- Wound healing
The bark and stem of the soursop can be used for the preparation of herbal medicines for the treatment of wounds and cuts.
When the pulp of the fruit is applied to a wound, it prevents bacterial infection and speeds up wound healing.
11- Improve sleep
Soursop contains tryptophan, a chemical that stimulates drowsiness as well as relaxation. Soursop leaves are also sometimes used in aromatherapy and relaxing infusions.
12- Helps control weight
Because it is rich in fiber, it will help you speed up the digestion process, stop constipation and feel full, so you can include it in a weight control diet, but without overdoing it since it also contains sugar.
Soursop contains almost 84% water and has been used as a natural diuretic to treat fluid retention in the body that causes bloating and excess weight. Also, the moisture in the soursop helps eliminate some urinary problems.
14- Insect repellent
The pulverized soursop seeds are used as a repellent for insects, flies, mosquitoes, and mosquitoes.
Similarly, in places where this fruit is common, the water from the boiled leaves is used to eliminate the lice.
15- Rich option in the kitchen
Soursop can be used to prepare a wide variety of smoothies, syrups, non-alcoholic beverages, sorbets, desserts, ice creams, and juices.
Its delicious flavor and unique texture are irresistible on the palate.
Possible side effects of soursop
Although there are no conclusive studies to date, some researchers are concerned about the presence of annonacin in the seeds of this fruit.
Annonacin is a neurotoxin that, when taken in large amounts, can cause nerve changes and movement disorders. These nerve changes produce symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease.
However, the French Food Safety Agency ( Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments ) made a publication based on the results of some available studies.
It states that it is not possible to confirm that atypical Parkinson’s syndrome is related to the consumption of Annona muricata, so they suggest that more exhaustive studies should be carried out that can reach a more illuminating conclusion.
The warning has been directed mainly towards those who promote the daily and constant consumption of soursop for medicinal purposes or towards populations that traditionally consume the raw fruit daily.
So far there are no studies that reflect any type of risk in a balanced diet that includes drinks or desserts with soursop.
1. Soursop fluffy cookies
• 1lb of soursop pulp
• 4 peaches
• 750 ml heavy cream
• 150 ml of condensed milk
• 1 package of sweet cookies
• Put the heavy cream, condensed milk, and soursop in the blender.
Beat for about 20 seconds until the mixture looks smooth and thick.
• In a glass refractory distribute a layer of cookies and add half of the previous mixture, then repeat the procedure with the remaining half of the mixture.
• Garnish with the peaches and refrigerate for about an hour.
2. Soursop champola
• 1 package (14 oz.) Frozen soursop pulp
• 1 can of evaporated milk
• 1 cup of water
• 1/4 cup sugar
Pour the frozen pulp, the evaporated milk, the water, and the sugar into the blender glass and blend until the mixture is homogeneous.
3. Soursop gelatin
• 2 cups soursop pulp or Graviola
• 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (gelatin)
• 1/2 cup of water
• 2 cups of sweet cream
• 100 grams icing sugar
• To give the gelatin consistency: sprinkle the gelatin over a cup of cold water and let it sit for about five minutes, then heat the mixture in a double boiler, stirring constantly until it turns transparent but does not boil. Once ready, reserve it in a separate bowl.
• Mix the sweet cream, the icing sugar, and half of the soursop pulp in a blender.
Now, add the gelatin and beat everything again for a few minutes. Pour this mixture into the mold and put it in the refrigerator until set.
• Once this first part is set, add the rest of the soursop pulp and refrigerate until completely set.
4. Soursop cake
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup of sugar
• 1 cup of wheat flour
• ½ cup of hot water
• ½ cup cornstarch
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1 cup soursop concentrate
• 1 can of condensed milk
• ½ cup heavy cream
• 175 g unsalted margarine
• ¾ cup of sugar
• ¾ cup of water
• For the cake beat the whites until stiff and add half the sugar until well mixed.
• In a separate bowl beat the yolks with the sugar and gradually incorporate the hot water, cornstarch, flour, and baking powder, previously sifted.
• With a spatula, incorporate the whipped whites in an enveloping way.
Place the mixture in a greased and floured pan and bake until the surface is golden brown. Reservation.
• It is allowed to cool and then cut into slices.
• For the filling we are going to cream the butter and add the condensed milk.
• Then add the soursop concentrate and the heavy cream and reserve.
• For the syrup, place the sugar and water in a pot. Cook until it reaches the point of soft syrup and then reserve
• For the assembly, place a layer of sponge cake in a mold, then moisten with the syrup, then cover with soursop cream and repeat the operation with several layers, the last layer being soursop cream and it can be decorated with meringue or whipped cream.
• Take it to the fridge and let it rest for several hours. Keep it refrigerated and serve it cold.
5. Soursop flan
• 1 can of condensed milk
• 1 can of evaporated milk
• 6 eggs
• 2 cups of sugar
• 3 cups of soursop pulp
• Blend the condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and soursop with a mixer.
• Caramelize 2 cups of sugar and place that caramel in the bottom of a container.
• Pour over the caramel mixture with the soursop from the first step.
• Then it is baked for 30 minutes at about 200 degrees Celsius in a water bath.
• As with cakes, to know if the flan is ready, test the consistency of the flan with a knife, if it comes out clean you can take it out of the oven.
• People in the countries of Africa and other tropical areas have used Graviola to treat infections, rheumatism, arthritis, and even depression.
• At the First International Congress of Agriculture and Food Industry of the Tropics and Subtropics in 1964, scientists from Nestlé Products’ research laboratories in Switzerland presented an evaluation of tropical fruits, highlighting soursop among the three most promising for the European market, due to their aromatic qualities and their aptitude for transformation into preserved pulp, nectar and jam.
• According to a newspaper article, when the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda visited Cuba for the first time in 1942, he tasted a glass of soursop campo la and found this shake so delicious that in his chronicle “Memories of Havana”, he made mention of this event.
• According to history, the Spanish conquerors found large soursop plantations in Central America and it was they who were in charge of spreading it around the world. Hence, soursop has different names.
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