Besides being a super-delicious treat, lanzones (or also known under the terms lansium and langsat) are extremely healthy and come from Southern India and Southeast Asia. It is recognized because of its yellow peel and oval shape. Local population eats it raw, but it can be cooked as well. Moreover, you can eat as canned syrup. Regardless of the way you consume it, this exotic fruit will provide the following health benefits:
In 100 grams of lanzones’ serving, you will get more than 2 grams of fiber, which is 8% of the daily recommended fiber intake for women and 6% in men. Eating fiber-rich foods will lower the risk of heart disease and prevent constipation.
Lanzones is rich in riboflavin, a vitamin which is an essential part of the vitamins B, a.k.a. vitamin B2. Out of 100 grams lanzones’ serving you will get 8% (or 124 micrograms) of the daily recommended riboflavin intake for both women and men.
B vitamins in general, (riboflavin included), eases the carbohydrates processing and transforms them into energy, needed to the body to keep healthy the nervous system. This vitamin is water-soluble, meaning that the body cannot store it and you need a daily dose of it.
Lanzones are extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamin A included. This vitamin provides numerous health benefits, such as protecting the eyes from macular degeneration and some other problems with eyesight. In addition, lanzones have other antioxidants like polyphenols that are a group of natural antioxidants that can be found in plants and protect from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals as well and prevent from aging and some other serious illnesses.
Lanzones are ideal when are consumed fresh. Besides the meat of the fruit, you can use the peel to chase away the mosquitoes.