Passion fruit is a small egg-shaped tropical fruit, which is also known by the name of Purple Granadillas. Passion fruit contains several seeds and has wrinkled purple brown rind on maturing.
Delicious, passion fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
The fruit is a very good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit pulp contains 10.4 g or 27% of dietary fiber. Good fiber in the diet helps remove cholesterol from the body.
In addition dietary insoluble fiber by acting as a bulk laxative helps protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Passion fruit is good in vitamin C; provides about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant.
Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
The fruit contains very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flvonoid antioxidants such as β-carotene and cryptoxanthin-β.
Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties and along with vitamin A are essential for vision.
Vitamin A is also required to maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh passion fruit is very rich in potassium. 100 g fruit pulp has about 348 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Furthermore, passion fruit is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit.