Compared to some popular fruits like mango, apple or banana, sapodilla or sapota/chiku is an underdog. In fact, when it comes to this brown fruit, people either love it or hate it.
There is no such middle path. Sapota is not an Indian fruit and has its roots in the US. It was the Spanish who had brought them to the Philippines, their former colony, from where it spread to other countries in Asia, including India.
Today, a number of states in India grow sapota, with Karnataka topping the list. The fruit has several varieties known by several names (even 'cricket ball').
Eating the fruit raw is not liked by many because of a sticky taste, but sapotas can be really good to taste if blended with milk and consumed as a smoothie.
The fruit can also be used to make a variety of sweets or jam. Whatever be the form, it is always good to eat sapota because it has a number of health benefits.
Here we list 10 of them:
1. Sapota Is Rich In Vitamins A & C:
While Vitamin A in the fruit helps our eyes and enables us to have a good vision in the older days, Vitamin C, as it is in other citrus fruits, helps us to have a strong immunity, reduces heart disorders, etc.
2. Helps Expecting Mothers:
Sapotas can help expecting women deal with morning sickness while the collagen in them aids them in overcoming stomach-related ailments. The vitamins, carbohydrates and electrolytes in sapotas are indeed helpful for pregnant and also lactating women.
3. Improves Digestion:
Say goodbye to irritable bowel syndrome by taking sapota regularly. Its dietary fibre content also cures constipation problems.
4. Provides Energy:
The fructose and sucrose present in the fruit make it an energy powerhouse. If you have a hectic schedule, you can always carry a sapota with you to keep refueling yourself as the day progresses.
5. Helps Avoid Kidney Stones:
Crushed sapota seeds act as a diuretic and hence protect against kidney stones and diseases.
6. Improves Bones:
Sapotas contain phosphorus, iron, calcium, zinc, copper, selenium, etc., and hence makes your bones stronger. Eating sapotas will help you avoid nutrient supplements in the later stages of life.
7. Helps Skin & Hair:
Sapotas are good for skin and hair, as they keep them well-nourished. They also prevent wrinkles.
8. Rich In Antioxidants:
Rich in antioxidants, sapotas are capable of preventing various kinds of cancers like colon or oral cancer.
9. Controls Blood Pressure:
The magnesium content in the fruit keeps the blood vessels in great shape, while the potassium in it regulates the pressure and circulation of blood. The iron, on the other hand, helps in curing anaemia.
10. Keeps Weight Under Control:
Sapotas help in getting the body rid of water retention and it also helps regularise metabolism, thus helping you to lose weight.