Sunday, March 1, 2015

Acerola, West Indian Cherry



Acerola, West Indian Cherry
(Raw Fruit)
Botanical Name - Malpighia emarginata
Common names- Acerola, Barbados Cherry, West Indian cherry, Wild Crepe Myrtle

The fruit is edible and widely consumed in the species' native area, and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content. There are 1677.6 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of fruit. The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food, among other things.
The fruit is edible and widely consumed in the species' native area, and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content. There are 1677.6 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of fruit. The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food, among other things.
A comparative analysis of antioxidant potency among a variety of frozen juice pulps was carried out, including the acerola fruit. Among the 11 fruit pulps tested, acerola was the highest-scoring domestic fruit, meaning it had the most antioxidant potency.

Acerola is used to treat or prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Acerola is also used for preventing heart disease, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), blood clots, and cancer.

Some people use it to treat the common cold, pressure sores, bleeding in the eye (retinal hemorrhages), tooth decay, gum infections, depression, hay fever, and collagen disorders. Athletes use acerola for improving physical endurance.

Nutrient (Raw Fruit) ~Proximates
Carbohydrate Factor: 3.6
Fat Factor: 8.37
Protein Factor: 3.36
Nitrogen to Protein Conversion Factor: 6.25

Refuse: 20%
Refuse Description: 18% seed
 2% stem end


Nutrient (Proximates)
Unit
per100g
Water
g
91.41
Energy
kcal
32
Energy
kJ
134
Protein
g
0.4
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.3
Ash
g
0.2
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
7.69
Fiber, total dietary
g
1.1
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
12
Iron, Fe
mg
0.2
Magnesium, Mg
mg
18
Phosphorus, P
mg
11
Potassium, K
mg
146
Sodium, Na
mg
7
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.1
Copper, Cu
mg
0.086
Selenium, Se
µg
0.6
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
1677.6
Thiamin
mg
0.02
Riboflavin
mg
0.06
Niacin
mg
0.4
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.309
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.009
Folate, total
µg
14
Folic acid
µg
0
Folate, food
µg
14
Folate, DFE
µg
14
Vitamin B-12
µg
0
Vitamin A, RAE
µg
38
Retinol
µg
0
Vitamin A, IU
IU
767
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.068
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.082
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.09
Cholesterol
mg
0
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0
Flavonoids
Anthocyanidins


Cyanidin(1)
mg
15.7
Pelargonidin(1)
mg
6.8
Flavones


Apigenin(2)
mg
0
Luteolin(2)
mg
0
Flavonols


Kaempferol(2)
mg
1
Myricetin(2)
mg
0
Quercetin(2)
mg
4.7
For Nutritional Values of - Nutritional Values of Acerola Fruit Juice