Discover the Health Benefits of Bitter Melon (aka Karela or Bitter Gourd)

Health benefits of bitter melon (or karela)

Bitter melon, also known as karela and bitter gourd, is a plant with quite a unique fruit. Unique both in taste as well as in appearance. But the health benefits of bitter melon also stand out.

Despite the fact that bitter melon has a strong nutritional profile, it is still a somewhat underappreciated fruit. Maybe that’s because of its strong bitter taste?

That is a bit strange though, because we have learned to appreciate foods that have bitter flavors, such as dark chocolate and coffee. Or is it because we don’t really know what to do with bitter melon?

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20 Exotic Fruits You Should Try at Least Once

Exotic fruits list

When looking at the range of fruits available in the supermarket, you may think there is a lot to choose from. And actually, there is, but did you know that this range is only the tip of the fruit iceberg?

Supermarkets and grocery stores these days are motivated to expand their collections of fruits as consumers become more knowledgeable. But there are still lots of exotic fruits out there that we may never be able to buy in the grocery store around the corner.

Some of these rare, weird looking, exotic fruits can be really difficult to find because they are often only available in tropical areas that we don’t often visit. The best chance to find some of these unique fruits, is by visiting a specialty grocery store, or otherwise an authentic Asian supermarket.

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Kiwano (Horned Melon) Health Benefits – Discover This Spiky Tropical Fruit

Health benefits of kiwano fruit (aka horned melon)

Ever since I discovered dragon fruit, I have been on the hunt for other exotic fruits that you won’t easily find in the major supermarkets. Apples and oranges are great, but sometimes we just want to try something different!

So I recently stumbled upon kiwano fruit, also known as kiwano melon, or horned melon. Well, this odd looking fruit goes by many names, and its unusual, spiky appearance immediately caught my attention when I first saw it in a specialty grocery store.

Without knowing what it actually was, I decided to buy it. And I must say that I was quite surprised by its flavors and texture.

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Are Avocado Seeds Edible? Avocado Seed Benefits and Uses

Are avocado seeds edible? Avocado seed benefits and uses

We all know how healthy and nutritious avocados are, but what about that big, bulky seed in the middle?

Most people will consider it as waste and throw it out, not knowing that the pit of an avocado is actually edible.

Not only that, there are lots of other uses of avocado seeds that may surprise you.

So what’s the deal with avocado seeds? What health benefits do they offer and how can we best eat them? Let’s find out!

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Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)

Health benefits of dragon fruit, also known as pitaya

I had the pleasure of eating dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) at a dinner party recently and absolutely loved it. So much so that I decided to go buy a bunch of them and try out some recipes.

I remember eating dragon fruit many years ago whilst on holiday in Thailand but had forgotten all about the taste.

I’m so glad I tried it again because it was definitely my favorite piece of fruit on the table at that dinner party (trust me, the table was full with lots of different types of fruit!).

Because I liked it so much, I decided to dive a little deeper in this exotic fruit. What are the health benefits of dragon fruit, where can we find one, and how can we best cut and eat a dragon fruit?

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Fruits and Vegetables High in Vitamin K

Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin K

Vitamin K is essential for the body in different ways. Vitamin K is best known as the vitamin that helps to form blood clots and prevent excessive bleeding. It is also suggested that Vitamin K helps with the formation and repair of our bones.

While deficiency in Vitamin K is very rare, it is important that we maintain a diet that provides us with sufficient Vitamin K.

The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin K is 120 micrograms for men over 19 years old and 90 micrograms for women 19 years and older.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon

Health benefits of watermelon

One of my favorite summer fruits must be the good old watermelon, it literally ticks all the boxes for me. Watermelon is juicy, it’s easy to eat, it has the perfect texture, it’s super refreshing, and best of all, it has the best flavors!

It’s also a super nutritious fruit, full of essential vitamin and minerals. It is also incredibly hydrating, and is naturally low-fat.

Make watermelon part of your daily diet and take advantage of the health benefits it offers, from improving cardiovascular health to boosting your immune system.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Cucumber health benefits

The beloved and versatile cucumber is the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and is known to have some surprising health benefits.

But is cucumber a vegetable or a fruit? Cucumber is essentially a plant that goes by the name of cucumis sativus, and this plant happens to grow green juicy fruits. These fruits are sometimes used as culinary vegetables, even though they are technically fruits.

The cucumber plant originates from South Asia but is now grown all around the world. And for good reason, because this fruit is not only delicious, but also very nutritious.

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Is Avocado the Perfect Food? Nutritional Profile and Health Benefits

Avocado health benefits

I absolutely love eating avocados on salads, in my smoothies, or even as an afternoon snack by itself.

The avocado is a green tropical fruit loved by many, mainly because of its distinctive non-sweet taste and its smooth, silky texture.

Loaded with a great variety of nutrients, avocados are considered as one of the healthiest foods that Mother Nature has on offer.

So let’s have a closer look at how healthy avocados really are!

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