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What Are the Benefits of Sorrel Fruit?

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Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.
What Are the Benefits of Sorrel Fruit?
Sorrel fruit grows in some Carribean locations. Photo Credit NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Sorrel is a fruit that is native to India and Malaysia, and its fruit, leaves, seeds and flowers are edible and taste similar to rhubarb. It also is called roselle. It may be difficult to find, but it offers several benefits when added to a well-balanced diet. Sorrel fruit is best eaten right away, but it will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Low In Fat and Calories

A diet that is low in fat and calories is a good way to control your weight and prevent diseases that are associated with being heavy. Burning the calories you consume each day is the best way to stay at a healthy weight and adding low-fat and low-calorie foods to your diet also can help you lose weight. A cup of sorrel fruit contains only 28 calories and less than 1 g of fat. Add sorrel fruit to a salad to add a tropical flavor without drastically increasing its fat and calorie content.

Calcium

You may not think of fruit when it comes to increasing your calcium intake, but one cup of sorrel fruit contains 123 mg. Getting adequate amounts of calcium in your diet keeps your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Calcium also plays a role in message transmission between your brain and the rest of your body. A deficiency increases your risk of osteoporosis and an abnormal heartbeat. Incorporate sorrel fruit into a jam recipe to increase your calcium intake.

Potassium

Potassium is a nutrient that your body needs to regulate blood pressure. It also plays a role in muscle and bone contraction and digestion. A deficiency of this nutrient could cause cramps, irregular heartbeat, weakness, low energy levels and digestive problems. Potassium in your diet also reduces your risk of stroke. A cup of sorrel fruit contains 119 mg of potassium. Sorrel fruit is often used when brewing tea in the Caribbean and is a healthy and easy way to increase your potassium intake.

Vitamin A

A cup of sorrel fruit has 164 IU of vitamin A, which is important for many of your body's functions. Vitamin A plays a role in your immunity by making white blood cells, which fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body and make you sick. It is also important for bone health, reproduction, eyesight and cell division. In addition, vitamin A is considered an antioxidant, which means it can fight free radicals that damage your cells and increase the risk of developing cancer. Sorrel fruit is a good substitution in fruit sauces typically made with cherries or berries.

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