Nutritional Value and Benefits: Malay Apple and Pond Apple
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Malay Apples are a fruit with a dozen different names depending on where you are eating it, but it is native to Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. You may call it a “rose apple”, pomerac, jambu merah, or even Otaheite cashew. However, its scientific name is Syzygium malaccense. Similar to “traditional” apples, Malay apples have white flesh surrounding a core of seeds, and has the same texture and flavor quality as more common apples as well. It has spread throughout tropical regions, including the Caribbean, Central America, and various Oceanic regions.
Nutritional Value of Malay Apples
The skin and flesh of this delicious fruit variety can be eaten and is known to be beneficial for human health, due to its significant levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as the organic compounds. Malay apples contain flavonols, phenolic compounds, and sequiterpenes, as well as limited amounts of carotenoids, all of which act as antioxidants. Furthermore, they also contain dietary fiber and limited amounts of proteins.
Mineral Content of Malay Apples
Vitamin Content of Malay Apples
Caloric Content of Malay Apples
In every 100 grams of Malay apples, there are only 32 calories, but are primarily made up of water (91%).
Health Benefits of Malay Apples
The health benefits of Malay apples include their ability to reduce inflammation, prevent certain types of cancer, improve the health of the skin, boost circulation, build stronger bones, prevent the development or worsening of diabetes, improve vision health, strengthen and improve the quality of hair, and prevent the development of cataracts.
Pond apples are often considered the black sheep of the apple family because the trees tend to grow in rather harsh conditions of high salinity, but they are also considered a weed/invasive species, as they can grow quickly and harm the health of ecosystems. The tree is native to Florida (US), Central America, and the Caribbean, but has now spread through the Pacific and South America as well. The fruit is often eaten by wild boar and alligators, and falls from the trees when ripe (yellow or green). It is fit for human consumption, and tastes somewhat like honeydew melon. It is often used to make jams and various desserts, as well as being a popular ingredient in certain beverages in the Maldives and other tropical cultures.
Nutritional Value of Pond Apples
Research suggests that pond apples are beneficial to human health due to its wealth of different fats, many of which are essential to human health, including caprylic, betulinic, capric, lauric, oleic, linoleic, and palmitic acids, among others. The fruit is also a rich source of dietary fiber and small amounts of protein.
Mineral Content of Pond Apples
There is not much nutritive value in pond apples, but they do possess limited amounts of phosphorous and calcium.
Vitamin Content of Pond Apples
There has been limited research done on the vitamin content of pond apples, but preliminary research for other academic purposes has shown negligible vitamin content of pond apples.
Caloric Content of Pond Apples
Although the exact amount of calories in pond apples has not been calculated, related cultivars have between 80-120 calories per 100 grams.
Health Benefits of Pond Apples
Again, limited research has been done on pond apples, also known as alligator apples, but the high levels of fatty acids in the pond apples, as well as dietary fiber, calcium and phosphorous have shown that it can decrease levels of “bad” cholesterol, prevent certain types of cancer, boost heart health, improve digestion, prevent the onset of diabetes, build strong bones, and be an effective supplement to metabolic efficiency in the body.