The Nutritionist Explained What Lychee is and Why Everyone Should Eat It

Lychee grows mainly in Asia, America, and Africa. Now this unusual fruit can be found on the shelves. A fruit that is fashionable among healthy eating adherents – lychee – has appeared on the shelves of supermarkets. Nutritionist Svetlana Fus shared on Facebook the benefits of this unusual fruit and explained who should not eat it.

Lychee grows mainly in Asia, America, and Africa and belongs to the Sapindus family. It has a bright and unusual flavor, somewhat reminiscent of pineapple and strawberries.

Lychee – benefits

This fruit contains vitamins B1, B2, B4, B6, B9, K, E, and PP, as well as minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese, and iron. However, their content in lychee is very low.

“Of all the vitamins and minerals, vitamin C stands out in terms of content, with 71.5 mg of it, while the daily requirement is 70 to 100 mg/day. And also copper – it is about 15% of the daily requirement in 100 g of fruit,” the nutritionist said.

In addition, lychee contains polyphenols that protect body cells from the harmful effects of toxic compounds. The fruit also contains a large amount of water and simple carbohydrates, a small amount of dietary fiber, protein, and fat.

Who is recommended to eat lychee?

Due to the high content of vitamin C and polyphenols in the pulp of the fruit, lychee is recommended for people with cardiovascular diseases, high blood cholesterol, and anemia.

Who shouldn’t eat lychee?

Lychee has practically no contraindications for consumption. People who have individual intolerance to the fruit, an allergic reaction, or high acidity should not eat this fruit.

How much lychee can you eat per day?

The daily allowance of lychees per day for adults is 10-12 pieces and for children 3-5 pieces. “Remember, everything is good in moderation,” summarized Svetlana Fus.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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