We’ve all heard the word ‘kumquat’ before, but have you ever tasted this little orange fruit? It packs a lot of goodness in its little 1-ounce citrusy punch and can be eaten fresh, canned, or even pickled. But what are all the health benefits kumquats hold?
Come on, Kumquats!
Kumquats are incredibly high in vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting properties. An excellent source of fiber – 8 kumquats hold 9.9 grams of fiber! – they’re also an amazing source of dietary fiber. In 100g of kumquats you get 17 per cent of your daily dietary roughage.
So what else do these “mini-oranges” hold in store for our good health? Let’s take a look:
Kumquats are a great source of vitamin C (d’uh). It’s like the C stands for citrus (but it doesn’t) and kumquats are a great source of citric acid too. The citric acid can help with kidney stones, and the vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, which is important for healthy blood and fighting cancer.
According to the USDA, eight raw kumquats have 66.7 mg of vitamin C which is close to the daily recommended intake for women (75 mg) and men (90 mg) alike. Vitamin C gets deep into cells, strengthening and protecting them from bacterial and viral infection.
Vitamin A is another one that protects cells by fighting the free radicals that cause cell damage. This fat-soluble vitamin promotes healthy eyes, and is necessity for healthy teeth, bones, and skin. 8 raw kumquats have 441 IU of vitamin A, which is a modest amount in comparison to the daily necessities (3,000 IU for men, 2,333 IU for women).
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In 100g of kumquats you get 10 per cent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin A.
Vitamin B – or riboflavin – is a component of various enzymes involved in energy metabolism. And 8 kumquats equals 0.137 mg of riboflavin; the daily recommended amount of riboflavin is 1.1mg for women and 1.3mg for men.
Kumquats are full of zeaxanthin, carotenoids, lectin, and tannins, amongst other cancer fighters. These essential flavonoids give kumquats the great potential to efficiently and effectively fight carcinogens and the destructive agents associated with cancer.
Calcium is essential healthy teeth and bones, but did you know it’s also needed for muscle contractions and a healthy nervous system? It’s true. And 8 kumquats have 94 mg of calcium, 9 per cent of the recommended daily dose.
Iron and Copper
Your body needs copper to produce red blood cells. Same with iron, and iron helps with cellular oxidation as well. Red blood cells deliver oxygen all around your body, ensuring healthy mind and body. And your body will thank you for eating all those kumquats.
We all know bananas are the main source for potassium, but kumquats are rich in potassium as well. 100g of kumquats has 4 per cent of your daily potassium intake, which helps maintain a normal heart-rate and blood pressure level.
Other minerals found in kumquats (and the % of daily recommend amount):
Aside from be fat-free, kumquats are also a crazy source of fiber. As previously mentioned, 8 kumquats have 9.9g of fiber, which is super beneficial for your heart and intestines. The daily recommend amount of fiber is 25g for women and 38g for men, so kumquats will get you well on your way.
Dietary fiber also controls blood glucose and insulin concentrations and reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It’s also an amazing source of roughage.
Because of all these benefits, kumquats help:
- Your heart
- Your bones
- Your insides
- Your outsides (in the form of wound healing)
- Produce red blood cells
- Keep you regular
- Your body fight cancer, bacteria, and infection.
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