Regardless of its tough exterior, soursop is sweet at heart. Soursop (Medium 4 pieces) is tasty.
Its white pulp is smooth and creamy with large black seeds. People sometimes compare its sweet-tart flavor to a blend of strawberries and apples.
Like many fruits, soursop is a healthy source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. One cup (about 225 grams) of raw soursop contains:
- Calories: 148.
- Protein: 2.25 grams.
- Dietary fiber: 7.42 grams.
- Carbs: 37.8 grams.
- Sugars: 30 grams.
Besides fiber, fruit is a good source of nutrients:
- Vitamin C.
Soursop is also high in antioxidants, substances that protect cells from damage. Antioxidant-rich diets may help protect against diseases like heart disease or cancer.
Potential soursop health benefits
Traditional healers have long used soursop for medicinal purposes. They use many parts of the plant — including the fruit, leaves and stems — to treat a variety of illnesses. Soursop may help:
- Prevent and fight cancer.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Kill bacteria.
But there’s a big caveat to those claims, says Supan. Medical researchers have only just begun studying the health benefits of soursop, so we don’t yet have scientific data on the plant’s health-boosting properties.
Can soursop really help fight cancer?
There’s some evidence that extracts from the plant’s leaves could kill cancer cells or fight inflammation. But slow your roll: Those findings came from test-tube and animal studies, which often involved huge doses of extracts from soursop leaves.
“Keep in mind that there haven’t been any human studies, so it’s too soon to tell if there are any benefits,” Supan says.
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