You may or may not have heard of or seen the rather exotic fruit known commonly as dragon fruit. It actually looks just like it’s named with colorful skin and pointy, dragon-scale looking spikes that scream “don’t eat me.” However, many have not heeded the warning that comes with the tough, off putting skin in an effort to see what is under that thick layer of scary.
Fortunately, the efforts of those who braved the spikes have paid off, and we are left with a rather delicious fruit filled with vital nutrients including Vitamin C, carbohydrates, fiber, B Vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorus and lycopene.
So, if you want to take the semi-brave step and consume this strange-looking fruit, here is what will happen to your body:
1. Risk of diabetes will decrease
Dragon fruit has a low glycemic index, essentially having a glucose lowering effect. As such dragon fruit has been found in several studies to lower a person’s risk of diabetes. One research study in particular looked at the reasoning behind this, and found that it could be derived from the betacyanin and antioxidant activity of dragon fruit. However, the effectiveness of red and white flesh varieties may differ.