Health benefits

From aiding digestion to relieving colds, coughs: many health benefits of consuming chikoo

Experts advise to consume seasonal fruits and vegetables to stay fit and healthy. As such, there are many summer treats one can have to stay healthy and hydrated. One of these fruits is the chikoo — known for its rich flavor and texture.

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Chikoo, also known as “sapotille” or “sapota”, is a tasty and healthy fruit. Although it is known to be very sweet and high in calories, its many benefits also cannot be ignored, shared nutritionist Lovneet Batra.

According to the nutritionist, you can consume chikoo “in moderation” for the following health benefits.

Aid in digestion

According to Batra, chikoo contains a high amount of dietary fiber, making it an excellent bulk laxative. “The body is relieved of many health problems such as colon cancer, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel.”

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Anti-inflammatory agent

The high tannin content makes chikoo an important anti-inflammatory agent, said the expert. She shared that it helps improve digestive tract issues and also reduces inflammation by alleviating the problem of joint swelling and pain.

It cures colds and coughs. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Cures colds and coughs

This popular fruit is also effective in keeping chronic congestion and cough hard pressed “by removing phlegm and mucus from the nasal passages and respiratory tract”.

Helps keep bones healthy

“Being rich in calcium, iron and phosphorus, the sapote fruit greatly helps to improve and strengthen the bones“, she shared.

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