BITE ME: I am sweet lychee

Lychee is a unique fruit with a wealth of health benefits. It is juicy with a distinctive, slightly acidic fragrance and flavour, comparable to grapes. Although small in size, lychees pack a nutritional punch giving credence to the saying: “Big surprises come in small packages.” Here is a brief of why this amazing fruit is good for you.

Lychee has a high nutritional value. This delicious fruit is packed with vitamin C which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and free radicals.

It is also an excellent source of the B-complex vitamins including niacin, thiamin and folates, which are essential in helping the body metabolise proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Being rich in fiber, it helps to suppress appetite and promotes cardiovascular health as well as increase metabolism. Lychee has no saturated fats or cholesterol.

Lychee contains high amounts of antioxidants, which besides protecting one from free radicals and oxidative stress also slow down ageing.

Further, it carries numerous minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. The body needs potassium to help it maintain sodium levels and fluid level thus controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

It therefore offers protection against coronary diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
Lychee is a cherished delicacy in some countries and is often used in cocktails. It is also not uncommon to come across lychee desserts such as ice cream and bubble tea.

Fresh lychee flesh should be savoured all alone without any seasonings. They can also be added to fruit salads and dressings as well as used in jellies, syrups, jams and sauces. Lychee juice makes a great refreshing drink, too.