Let’s go straight to the point—chico is more than just a traditional Christmas fruit decor you showoff on your dinner table. It’s packed with powerful antioxidants and a superb source of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper and iron. Yup, it’s good for your bones, not just your dining table.
I feel sorry for folks who buy chico as dining table decor or for attracting wealth during New Year’s Eve (a superstition that says having round objects or fruits at home on New Year’s Eve will make you rich) and then let it rot there without eating it. I see it happen in a lot of households. They miss the point altogether. You see, God created chico so you’d eat it, enjoy its succulent and sweet taste and get naturally healthy. It’s NOT a Christmas decor or lucky charm.
Studies have been done discovering how the fruit, also called sapodilla in other places, is packed with Vitamins A and C. If you hate citrus fruits then chico is a good alternative Vitamin C source. Remember, you can’t afford to live without Vitamin C. You need it daily. If you hate sour fruits, go for chico all the way. It also has some measure of the micronutrients found in Vitamin B complex. And yes, chico is rich in fiber.
So, if you have digestion problems, chico may be the remedy. Fibers help move your bowels easily and aid in eliminating toxins in the digestive system. Some studies have even found out that something in chico strengthens intestinal muscles for healthy digestion.
Chico’s my favorite. I love its natural sweetness and wine-like flavor and appealing texture, especially when its really ripe. I’ve loved it since I was a kid when chico fruits, along with various nuts, were used to stuff the bottoms of Christmas baskets so they didn’t look empty. Lots of companies gave my dad these baskets and I always grabbed the chico fruits when the baskets were opened.
Aside from the health benefits above, chico is also said to be good for the heart due to its mineral contents, fibers and Vitamin C. It is good for weight loss (again, the fibers) and skin care (Vitamin A), aside from bone health and healthy digestion mentioned earlier here. And it’s a good preventive remedy against cancer because of its antioxidants.
One thing I love about fruits like chico—even if you eat lots of them, you won’t have to worry about dangerous health side effects later, unlike when you eat too much ham or pork or beef which would likely shoot up your cholesterol and BP count. But be careful if you have elevated blood-sugar levels because chico might be too sweet for you. So, ask your doctor about it.