Chikoo is a sweet fruit cultivated extensively in tropical regions. It is an excellent source of energy. Mostly oval or round in shape, this small brown fruit resembles a potato and its flesh is smooth. Eaten fresh it makes a tasty addition to desserts. Now, regarding the health issues. Chikoo is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Chikoo is a rich source of predigested sugar glucose that supplies most of the energy our body needs in an instant and in an easily transportable form. Chikoo is a great source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Nutrition Fact

Nutrition Value per 100 g
Principle Nutrient Value RDA %
Energy 83 Kcal 4%
Carbohydrates 19.9 g 15%
Protein 0.44 g <1%
Total Fat 1.10 g 3.5%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 5.3 g 14%
Vitamins
Principle Nutrient Value RDA %
Folates 14 µg 3.5%
Niacin 0.200 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid 0.252 mg 5%
Pyridoxine 0.037 mg 3%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 1.5%
Thiamin 0.058 mg 5%
Vitamin A 60 IU 2%
Vitamin C 14.7 mg 24.5%
Electrolytes
Principle Nutrient Value RDA %
Sodium 12 mg 1%
Potassium 193 mg 4%
Minerals
Principle Nutrient Value RDA %
Calcium 21 mg 2%
Copper 0.086 mg 9%
Iron 0.80 mg 10%
Magnesium 12 mg 3%
Phosphorous 12 mg 2%
Selenium 0.6 µg 1%
Zinc 0.10 mg 1%

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Benefits


Chikoo is one of the high calorie fruits; 100 g provides 83 calories (almost same as that of calories in sweet potato, and banana). Additionally, it is a very good source of dietary fiber (5.6 g/100g), which makes it an excellent bulk laxative. This fiber content helps relieve constipation episodes and help protect mucousa of colon from cancer-causing toxins.

The fruit is rich in antioxidant poly-phenolic compound tannin. Tannins are a complex family of naturally occurring polyphenols. Research studies found that tannins have astringent properties and shown to have potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic effects. Hence, these compounds may found useful applications in traditonal medicines as anti-diarrheal, hemostatic (stops bleeding) and as a remedy for hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory effect of tannins help limit conditions like erosive gastritis, reflux-esophagitis, enteritis, and irritating bowel disorders. Some other fruits that also rich in tannins include pomegranate, persimmon, grapes...etc.

chikoo contains a good amount of antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C (24.5% of recommended daily intake per 100 g of fruit), and vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A has been known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers. So also, consumption of foods containing vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and help scavenge harmful free radicals from the human body.

Fresh ripe chikoo is a good source of minerals like potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid. These compounds are essential for optimal health as they involve in various metabolic processes in the body as cofactors for the enzymes.

How Many Chikoo to Eat a Day


Eating chikoo within limit is very necessary to have good health and to be prevented from the symptoms of overeating. It is the good source of healthy nutrients, the requirements of which varies from person to person depending on the weight, age, sex and health status. However, 100 to 120 g of chikoo can be eaten a day to be really blessed with its nutrients. It is good to consult your doctor to know its daily limit according to your health status and body requirements of the nutrients

Benefits of Chikoo Milkshake


As chikoo milkshake is prepared by mixing with milk, it has increased its energy, vitamins and minerals levels. It is very tasty and delicious shake when prepared using appropriate amount of both.

Benefits of Chikoo Juice


Chikoo juice is also very energetic and full of all the nutrients provides instant energy by fighting fatigue and weakness.