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Benefits of Lychee for Health

The lychee is one of the most popular exotic fruits in Brazil. In fact, a large number of people enjoy the food! If you haven’t tried the lychee, it’s time to learn more.

Below, you will know some essential information about the lychee, a fruit that even brings benefits to the consumer’s health.

WHAT IS LYCHEE?

Lychee is a reddish colored fruit, which is used in various recipes around the world. Its appearance resembles that of a strawberry, but the flavor is completely different. Small in size and attractive in color, the lychee captures the taste of consumers.

The flavor is very striking, in addition to being sweet, which makes the fruit extremely used in ice cream and juice recipes, and can be consumed naturally.

Lychee peel, a relatively consistent fruit, is inedible. The color of the part we eat is white!

Now that you know the lychee, it’s time to understand how this fruit came to our plates today. She doesn’t come from Brazil, having come a long way to get here.

LYCHEE: ORIGIN

Lychee originates from hot climate regions of Asia such as China, India and even Pakistan. Other locations where the fruit is popularly found are: Philippines, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand.

These areas, in addition to being naturally hot, were productive for the fruit market due to the low number of pests that attacked the plantations. There is this problem in Brazil today, for example.

On national soil, there is the production of lychee on a large scale. It all started with an introduction to the Botanical Garden, located in Rio de Janeiro. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that lychee use became truly commercial.

The largest fruit production region is São Paulo. However, there are also plantations in Minas Gerais and Bahia. The climate had to be adapted in places with larger plantations, as there are some important precautions for the growth of the lychee tree, a tree that is very sensitive to changes in the climate.

LYCHEE: HOW TO PLANT

The lychee tree takes a period of 12 years to bear the first fruits. Therefore, the planting process is considered complex. This original species of lychee, a tree that can reach 15 meters in height, needs special care.

To invest in correct techniques, it is essential to have quality soil and climate. Some of the main requirements are:

  • hot climate
  • presence of sun
  • Extensive and ventilated area
  • Soil with excellent drainage
  • Pest and fungus free soil

The main strategy for planting lychee is the transposition of seeds to a large area, which can be a large pot or a plot of land. You can also bet on the layering system to speed up soil fertilization.

Don’t forget to take care of your seedling, removing all residues from the soil and investing in quality fertilizer. Lychee foot is very sensitive and can suffer if you don’t bet on the correct care during maturation.

LYCHEE BENEFITS

Before continuing, it is essential to know some of the main properties of the lychee that confer an excellent effect on the consumer’s health. Check out the top four of them:

1.Helps to lose weight

Many people wonder if lychee loses weight, and the answer is yes! Fruit is useful for the production of detox foods, often used in diets.

The factor that explains the widespread use of lychee for weight loss is the low amount of calories present in the fruit. For every 100 grams, there are only 66 calories.

In addition, the fruit promotes a quick and effective feeling of satiety. So, when you’re hungry, you can bet on a good recipe so you don’t end up consuming foods that don’t help with weight loss.

Slimming down with the help of the lychee becomes even easier due to the flavor. It is an extremely sweet fruit, which avoids the consumption of fatty and caloric foods.

2.Contributes to skin health

Are you concerned about your skin health? Is your skin one that gets full of blemishes for any reason? If yes, the lychee can help you!

What happens, to give this advantage, is the presence of vitamin C in large amounts. Many people replace the consumption of this vitamin in capsules with a routine in which the lychee is included.

The properties of vitamin C that help fight blemishes and acne on the skin are its antioxidant, rejuvenating effects.

If you take in a lot of sun, fruit is also a good choice. After all, it helps protect your skin from ultraviolet rays.

3. Fight inflammation

One of the most cited benefits of lychee is related to the reduction of inflammation processes in different areas of the body. It is in this topic that we see the real effect of the fruit for the amelioration of illnesses.

Mainly mentioned is the effect of eliminating inflammation and infections in the stomach, which impair digestion. Bacteria are the main targets of the lychee components, causing rapid elimination.

To recover the stomach after an episode of inflammation, fruit is also a huge help. The large amount of fibers in the composition ends up solving this type of problem. Therefore, those who consume lychee usually have a good gastrointestinal functioning.

4. It has antioxidant properties

Finally, the antioxidant properties must be mentioned. In fact, they contribute to most of the processes we’ve mentioned here, such as fighting inflammation.

In simple terms, what these properties do is cleanse the body. You eliminate all the toxic compounds you consumed, providing a strengthening of the organism in general.

The antioxidant effect is also widely used by those who want to invest in the detox method. This is one of the most beneficial diet modalities, as well as being completely natural. It’s worth checking out the lychee juice recipe, which we’ll talk about later.

LYCHEE: HOW TO EAT

To eat the fruit, you need to leave the lychee seed and skin out of the recipes. Even for those interested in pure food, these two parts are not recommended.

Therefore, it is essential to remove all the skin before starting to eat it. Although the fruit portion is hard, this is a simple process. Don’t forget to wash the lychee when you’re done.

Many people are concerned about buying lychee, high prices and conditions for preserving the fruit. Generally, the value varies between R$15 and R$40.

What changes, in practice, is the place of purchase! Therefore, when it comes to litchi, fruit and price, the important thing is to know how to choose the right store.

LYCHEE RECIPES

If you don’t want to consume the pure fruit, some recipes are excellent for a change! We have separated the most interesting ones below:

LYCHEE MOUSSE

You will need:

  • Condensed milk (1 can)
  • Sour cream (1 small box)
  • Lychee (1 can)
  • Unflavored powdered gelatin (1 bag)
  • Water (5 scoops)

How to prepare: start by placing the condensed milk and the cream in a bowl. Then use the mixer to form a homogeneous syrup. Then, blend the lychee pulp with the cream in a blender. Finally, add the gelatin and mix well. Now just leave it in the fridge for a maximum of 4 hours.

LYCHEE JUICE

You will need:

  • Lychee (at least 220g)
  • Ice cubes (to taste)
  • Sugar (optional and to taste)

How to prepare: to start, it is necessary to remove the lychee seed, as well as the husk. Use only the white part of the fruit and place it in a blender with the ice cubes. If you want a more watery juice, it’s essential to add a glass of water. Sugar goes last, but add a little, as the fruit is already very sweet.

This recipe can be made with other fruits, along with the lychee. The main ones are watermelon, raspberry and orange. This is a consumer option, according to your taste.

LYCHEE GELATIN

You will need:

  • Lychees (40 units)
  • water (1 cup)
  • Gelatin (1 bag without flavor)
  • Sugar (3 tablespoons)

How to prepare: to start, it is necessary to remove all the inedible part of the lychee, fruit that is consumed without the seeds and skin. Then, place in a blender with water and sugar, beating until it forms a smooth juice. Now, just put the gelatin powder into the mixture and blend it once more in a blender. Refrigerate for about 4 hours, or until you get the desired consistency.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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