Andess Lucuma Fruit Powder Naturally Sweet 150g
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QUALITY LUCUMA POWDER - THE GOLD OF THE INKAS CREAMY AND NATURALLY SWEET
We are selling the best Genuine Natural Lucuma Powder, sourced directly from local producers in The Andes Mountains of Peru
Our Lucuma Fruits are sourced from a natural environment without the use of synthetic and artificial chemicals pesticides or fertilizers. 150g
Easy to use in Protein Smoothies, Other Drinks and Cooking to Build up Your Nutrition!
Immunomodulation, nutritious, good for diabetics, antioxidant, anti-inflammation, metabolic, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and brain illnesses, Dermato-regenerating, gluten-free
USE IN TRADITIONAL PERUVIAN MEDICINE:
- Skin issues
- Nervous system
- Supplementation of vitamins and minerals
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANT AND ITS PRESENCE
Lucuma is an ancient Peruvian fruit present in myths and legends of that country. According to historians, Lucuma had been known even before the era of the Incas. It has been proved in the form of the ceramic dishes from the Mochica era, and the materials which show that fruit was as used as a part of diet.
The Lucuma tree is 15meters high and grows anywhere between 1000 and 2400 meters above the sea level. The fruit of Lucuma has an oval shape similar to avocado and is 8-10cm long. The skin is dark green. As it is getting ripe the color changes into brown/green. The ripe fruit has fibrous, yellow/orange flesh. Its exceptional flavor is very sweet. Inside you can find 2-5 large seeds.
Because of the demand for this special fruit in Peru and also world market, its cultivation and production is still growing. In Peru, in some Andean parts you can still find ecotypes of Lucuma growing in the wild.
Lucuma is a famous Peruvian fruit also known as “Gold of the Incas”. Recently, it has become a favorite delicacy, and an excellent energy source. It boosts the mood, and is used as a natural ingredient in many dishes.
In Peru Lucuma is extremely popular. Its flesh is eaten most often fresh. When the fresh fruits are not available, people use the pre-prepared meal, which has a distinctive smell, and sweet taste (with a nut and vanilla twist). It contains many nutritious substances, among others: beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. It is a source of slowly absorbed carbohydrates. The fruits of Lucuma are naturally sweet, but they have low glycemic index, that is why they are the right choice for people who want to limit the use of sugar, nut at the same time do not want to resign from sweet taste.
Lucuma has a high content of niacin (vitamin B3), which supports the metabolism of protein, which have an influence on energy production. It is recommended for treating depression, and supporting the proper functioning of the nervous system, it helps to fight with the symptoms of tiredness.
The recent research has confirmed that vitamin B3 helps to lower the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in blood, and because of that it is important in treating many diseases, especially obesity and cardiovascular diseases. The relatively high content of iron helps to increase the concentration of hemoglobin in blood, which is important for fighting anemia (thanks to sweet flavor it is liked by children).
Carotene can lower the risk of cardiac infarction, and boosts the efficiency of the immune system. It has a beneficial influence on skin. It helps with treating the skin diseases and skin irritation.
USE AND MOST COMMON DOSAGE
How can it be used in the kitchen?
It can be used as an ingredient of fruit cocktail. It can be added to baked goods, cakes, puddings, jellies, and other desserts.
It can be used with porridge, muesli, as well as yoghurt, cottage cheese or homemade ice cream.
It is a perfect diet supplement, not only for those who have a healthy lifestyle, but also for those on a diet or diabetics. Because of the high content of non-dissolving fiber, in order to mix it well one can use a food mixer or shaker.
The Lucuma powder is gluten free.
It is proper for sportspeople, pregnant women, and small children. It will also be appreciated by vegetarians, vegans, and diabetics.
Lucuma can be eaten raw but is most commonly found in a dried, powdered supplement form that’s often used as a natural sweetener.
One tablespoon (7.5 grams) of lucuma powder provides (3Trusted Source):
- Calories: 30
- Protein: 0 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbs: 6 grams
- Sugars: 1.5 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
Lucuma contains less sugar but more nutrients than table sugar. More specifically, it has about half the carbs and 75% less sugar than the same amount of table sugar
Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants may help protect against health conditions like heart disease and certain cancers (7Trusted Source).
For instance, research shows that lucuma is particularly rich in polyphenols and carotenoids, two groups of antioxidants known for their anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, and heart-health-promoting properties (8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).
Lucuma is also packed with vitamin C, a nutrient with antioxidant properties that plays many important roles in your body, such as supporting vision, a strong immune system, and heart health (12Trusted Source).
Additionally, the polyphenols in lucuma are thought to offer strong protection against chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease
In part, this may be because most of its carbs are complex. Carbs can be split into three categories (15Trusted Source):
These are short-chain types of carbs found in many foods. Examples include
glucose, fructose, and lactose. They’re quickly digested and can lead to
spikes in your blood sugar levels.
These are longer chains of sugars that get broken down into sugars in your
gut. They take longer to digest and are less likely to spike blood sugar
This is a type of nondigestible carb that’s broken down and used as food
by beneficial gut bacteria. It helps maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Sugars are considered simple carbs, while starches and fiber are thought of as complex. Complex carbs, such as the starches and fiber making up most of the carbs in lucuma, have been shown to promote healthy blood sugar levels (16Trusted Source).
It prevents the action of the alpha-glucosidase enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down complex carbs into simple sugars that tend to spike blood sugar levels (13Trusted Source).
Lucuma is often claimed to have a low glycemic index (GI), which means that it would raise blood sugar levels to a much lower extent than other sweeteners like pure sugar.
If true, this would be another reason why lucuma may benefit blood sugar control. However, no studies have confirmed lucuma’s low GI score. As with all sweeteners, it’s likely best consumed in moderation.
Polyphenols are beneficial plant compounds thought to protect against high blood pressure and heart disease (14Trusted Source).
One test-tube study found that lucuma may prevent the action of the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE), which is involved in regulating your blood pressure.
By doing so, lucuma may help lower blood pressure
Lucuma’s texture is comparable to granulated sugar, but its taste is more similar to that of brown sugar.
You can use a 1:2 ratio by volume to substitute brown sugar for lucuma. For instance, use 1 cup (120 grams) of lucuma for each 1/2 cup (200 grams) of brown sugar.
Still, you may need to experiment a little, as it may not work well for all recipes (20Trusted Source).
Lucuma is also a popular flavoring for dishes like ice cream and other desserts.
Plus, it can be added to yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and homemade nut milks to provide a hint of natural sweetness sure to please adults and children alike.
You can easily give lucuma powder a try by sprinkling a little over muesli, oats, or cereals. Alternatively, add some to smoothies or use it instead of sugar in your dessert or baked good recipes.
While lucuma can be added to your diet in many ways, keep in mind that research on this supplement is limited, and its potential side effects are currently unknown.