If you’ve ever strolled through the exotic fruit aisle, you will likely have come across the guava fruit. While not as common as our much-loved apples and pears here in the UK, they’re a delicious sub-tropical fruit with a variety of different health benefits.
If you’re wondering whether it’s worth popping a guava or two in your shopping basket, we’ve got everything you need to know below.
What is guava?
Native to tropical America, guava fruits are grown on small trees or shrubs across the world.1 The fruits are eaten raw, juiced, or used in cooking and baking for their unique taste. The leaves of the guava tree can be used to make herbal tea too.2
Guava fruit can be round or pear-shaped and may have yellow or green skin. Inside the fruit, you can typically expect either pink or white flesh with lots of small seeds. Guavas have quite a pungent smell and a fragrant taste.3 There are a variety of different types of guava too, which each have a slightly different look and taste.
Health benefits of guava
Guavas are considered delicious by many, but they’re not just a tasty treat. They’re healthy for you too. In fact, the fruit itself contains plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. They have high levels of vitamin C, dietary fibre, and magnesium. As well as potassium, calcium, and vitamin A.4 Guava leaves also contain several nutrients, potentially making them a beneficial addition to your wellness routine.5
All these nutrients in guava fruit and leaves may provide a range of health benefits. These could include:
- Maintaining normal blood pressure6
- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels7,8
- Supporting heart health9
- Reduced menstrual pain10
- Digestive health11
- Gut health12
- Skin health13
Remember, though. A healthy and balanced diet is the best way to maintain your overall wellbeing.14 Including plenty of fruits (like guavas!) and vegetables in your diet will help you get all the nutrients you need to stay as healthy as possible.15
The types of guava
While the bright pink guava flesh might be most recognisable, there are several different types of guavas available. Each looks slightly different and has subtle differences in flavour too.
- Tropical White
- Strawberry Guava
- Lemon Guava
- Tropical Yellow
- Pineapple guava
There may be other guava varieties out there too, depending on availability, country of origin, and climate.
Guava nutritional value
Guavas are incredible versatile fruits. Many people enjoy them raw, as well as in cooking, baking, and preserving.18 You can also find guava soft drinks and juices as a tasty alternative. If you’re interested in guava leaves, these are often brewed into a tea or used as a topical treatment.19
Despite their delicious flavour, guavas are low in calories and packed full of nutrients. You can expect 165g of guava to provide:20
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Last updated: 24 March 2021
Author: Bhupesh Panchal
Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019
Qualifications: Masters Degree in Toxicology, BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry
Bhupesh started his career as a clinical toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products. After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
Bhupesh specialises in vitamins & minerals nutrition, health benefits & safety of botanicals and traditional herbal medicines.
In his spare time, Bhupesh likes to cycle and has been learning to speak Korean for several years.
Author: Bhupesh Panchal