The carambola fruit, or often called “star fruit”, due to its shape, originates from the Malayan peninsula and is also grown in the southern United States, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
This fruit is yellow in color when ripe, and its taste is a mixture of sweet and sour and resembles the flavors of grapes, pear,and citrus fruits. This combination makes it unique and popular among people.
However, despite its specific taste, the carambola fruit also provides amazing health benefits. It is very low in calories, only 31 in 100g, and is high in antioxidants, vitamins C and B, riboflavin, folate, niacin and minerals such as calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and potassium.
These are some of the incredible health benefits of this fruit:
Sodium is the strongest weapon against blood pressure, and the star fruit is low in it but is contains high amounts of potassium which regulates blood pressure. The regular consumption of this fruit will treat hypertension.
Due to the high fiber content, the carambola fruit promotes heart health and reduces the levels of bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol leads to clogged arteries and thus causes heart attacks. On the other hand, the consumption of the star fruit will increase the HDL levels or good cholesterol.