Lychee

by Catherine Luyi

Lychee - Nutrition for the World Lychee is a tropical fruit which is extensively grown in China, Vietnam, and the northern part of India. The lychee fruit is normally heart shape. The skin is red and rough, the flesh is white and juicy. We cannot eat the skin, but it is easily removed. The flesh appeared after we peel off the rind. The taste of lychee resembles grapes, but it is more sweet and juicy. The tasty flesh envelopes a glossy black nut-like seed which is not edible.

About lychee’s history, there’s a famous history which happened in the Tang Dynasty. Emperor Xuanzong loved his favorite concubine Yang Guifei so much that he ordered her favorite fruit lychee from Canton (a city in southern China) and delivered them by fast horses to the capital city Chang’an (which was 900 miles away from Canton). Therefore, lychee is also a feminine symbol of romance and love.

Lychee is commonly added to fruit salads, made into sauce, preserves or wine. In China, lychee is also a source for producing honey. The rich and delicious flavor makes it grow in popularity in many places. Moreover, lychee also has medical uses. Intake moderate amounts, the lychee flesh can mitigate coughing and prevent gastralgia, tumors and enlargements of glands. In China, the seeds are used as analgesic when treating neuralgia and orchitis. The fruit peel is also valuable. The tea of the peel has benefits for recovering from smallpox and diarrhea. [Untitled]

People can get enough Vitamin C through eating nine lychees per day because the lychee contains 72mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit which contains more Vitamin C than orange. It also has higher beta carotene than in carrots. Moreover, the lychee is the most energy forms of carbohydrates. Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium, lychee can help people lose weight and keep healthy. The nutrition value and health benefit of lychee make it popular.

Lychee has many health benefits, but people always ignore its importance. These results below are the advantages of eating lychee: it can increase the fluid in the body and offer carbohydrates and fiber which are very essential for the body. Lychee can also reduce the possibility of diseases; for example, blood clots, severe cell damage, strokes and heart attack. In addition, it contains unsaturated fatty acids, contributes to the absorption of β - carotene, as well as many other fat-soluble vitamins.

Here's a link to know more about lychee:
http://www.helium.com/items/1039377-nutritional-benefits-of-lychee-fruit

Information Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lychee
http://www.ayushveda.com/dietfitness/benefits-of-lychee/
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-lychee-2003.html

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