The sweet tooth–we all have one. You know, that voice in the back of your head saying that you absolutely need a Baskin Robins Double Fudge sundae immediately. As much as we try to suppress our sweet tooth, it seems to win out over reason more times than not.
But what if there was a nutritious and healthy way you could indulge your sweet tooth? Well, there is a tropical fruit that does just that. It is called Lychee fruit and not only is it mouthwateringly sweet and decadent, but it’s also full of healthy nutrients.
Lychee fruit originates from tropical Asia but is now cultivated worldwide. It grows on a specific type of evergreen tree with the fruit growing in a reddish pink rind. When you remove the outside shell, it reveals the Lychee fruit, which is white and fleshy.
Lychee fruit is very sweet tasting and smelling, making it a delicious snack. The best part is that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it! Lychee fruit is low in calories and has no fat or cholesterol. It’s great for people watching their weight because it also works as a natural food metabolizer.
In addition, it has a lot of fiber, vitamins and minerals. A serving of Lychee fruit includes your daily dose of vitamin C, which has been shown to help fight cancer and other common illnesses such as the flu. In China, it’s used as a remedy for the common cough and cold. In addition, Lychee fruit helps kill fungi in the body that are known to cause a myriad of infections.
Some of the minerals in Lychee fruit also aid in the prevention of heart disease and other relative issues. It does so by improving blood flow in the body. The minerals help protect teeth and can shield skin from harmful UV rays. In addition to all of these benefits, Lychee fruit acts as a natural energy booster.
So next time your sweet tooth tells says you need that chocolate cake, remember, there is a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet cravings.
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