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Surprising Benefits of Lucuma Powder

Nicknamed the “gold of the Incas,” lucuma has been used as a traditional remedy in South America for centuries

Lucuma is the fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree native to South America.

It has a hard, green outer shell and soft, yellow flesh with a dry texture and sweet flavor that’s often likened to a mix of sweet potato and butterscotch (1).

It’s most commonly found in powder supplement form and touted for its many potential health benefits.

What’s more, due to its sweet taste, it’s used as a healthier alternative to table sugar and other popular sweeteners.

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 (3).

Lucuma powder also offers a relatively good amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber, unlike most other common sweeteners, such as table sugar.

Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool and prevents constipation by helping food move smoothly through your gut (4).

Soluble fiber feeds your beneficial gut bacteria, which, in turn, produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like acetate, propionate, and butyrate. These are then used as food by cells in your gut, keeping them healthy.

These short-chain fats also protect against inflammation and improve symptoms of gut disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis (56).

One tablespoon (7.5 grams) of lucuma powder also provides some calcium, iron, potassium, niacin, and vitamin C — though these amounts generally cover less than 1% of the Daily Value (DV). Still, it’s more nutritious than other popular sweeteners (23).

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Posted on: April 28 2019

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