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      Custard Apple Ice Cream: Health Benefits And Recipes

    • Do you desire to have some delightful dessert? 

      An ice cream filled with a fresh tropical and natural flavour could be your go-to choice. Well, there is a perfect way to satisfy these cravings. The custard apple ice cream!

      Custard apples have a sweet flavour; since they are produced in the winter, they are often referred to as winter fruits. They are usually used in desserts like Rabdi, Kheer, ice cream, and other delicacies.

      Custard apple is known as Sitaphal in Hindi, Seethapazham in Malayalam and Sharifa in Punjabi. Due to its potently sweet flavour, Sitaphal is also known as sweetsop, cherimoya, and sugar apple.

      Along with an alluring flavour, it also has significant health benefits. A, C, B, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, carotenoids, magnesium, phosphorus, and other vitamins are abundant in custard apples.

      Table Of Contents

      1. Nutritional Value Of Custard Apple 

      2. Health Benefits Of Custard Apple

      3. Custard Apple Ice Cream Recipes

      4. Dietitian’s Recommendation

      5. The Final Say

      6. FAQs

      Nutritional Value Of Custard Apple 

      100 grams of custard apple comprises the following nutrition: 

      • Calories - 94 kcal
      • Carbs - 24 g
      • Protein - 2.1 g
      • Fibre - 4.4 g

      Health Benefits Of Custard Apple

      1. Curbs Skin Infections

      Dealing with skin irritations? Custard apple to the rescue!

      Custard apple comprises Vitamin C, zinc, copper, Vitamin A, and B5. As a result, it helps to reduce the occurrence of acne. It also helps to reduce allergies and other skin issues.

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      2. Provides Energy To The Body

      Due to the presence of both glucose and fructose, custard apple helps to provide abundant energy to the body. Not only this, but the presence of iron can also curb anaemia. 

      3. Helps To Control Diabetes

      Aside from being a low-glycemic index fruit, custard apple helps to boost insulin due to the presence of polyphenic antioxidants. That is how it helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body.  

      4. May Have Anti-cancer Effects

      The compound acetogenin in custard apples may curb the chances of cancer and reverse the effects. In addition, custard apple is also helpful in lowering inflammation.  

      5. Helps To Enhance Immune System

      Along with its pleasing flavour, custard apple is an excellent source of immunity boosters.

      Custard apples contain Vitamin C, and is a fruit that boosts immunity and helps to remove toxins from the body. It also helps to keep infections away.

      6. Boosts Eye Health

      Custard apple helps to improve eyesight as it contains Vitamin A. It also helps to enhance the blood circulation of the eyes by curing glaucoma and cataract, as it includes some antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein.

      7. Helps To Keep Digestion System Healthy

      The well being of your health mainly depends on the health of your digestive system. Custard apple helps to enhance and keep your digestion system healthy and fit, as it is a good source of fibre. It helps with constipation and other digestive problems. 

      Soluble fibres like those in cherimoya can feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. They can also be fermented to create short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). These acids include propionate, butyrate, and acetate.

      8. Contains Abundant Antioxidants

      Custard apple is filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants can help to fight free radicals in the body. They also help to restrain the chances of chronic diseases. 

      A study by the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis states that the peel and pulp of custard apples are incredible sources of antioxidants. Also, the compounds in the peel can help in preventing oxidative damage.

      9. Can Elevate And Soothe Mood

      The neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin present in custard apples can boost mood. 

      Low blood levels of vitamin B6 are associated with depression, especially in older persons, according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

      The neurotransmitters in custard apples also fix the inadequacy of vitamins like Vitamin B6, due to which mood disorders could be caused. 

      Delicious Custard Apple Ice Cream Recipes

      1. Choco Fruit With Custard Apple Pulp Ice Cream

      The goodness of fresh custard apple pulp with a blend of chocolate in it is a great way to satisfy sugar cravings. Follow the recipe below to make a delicious custard fruit with custard apple pulp ice cream to delight your mood. 

      Ingredients

      • Milk- 1 cup 
      • Custard apple pulp - 1 cup
      • Fresh cream- 1 cup
      • Condensed milk- 1 cup
      • Chopped fruits- ½ cup
      • Nuts- 1 tbsp 
      • Chocolate syrup- 3 tbsp

      Preparation Method

      1. Add some milk into a blender and some condensed milk and fresh cream. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth.

      2. Further, add the custard apple pulp and blend everything again. Once you have mixed everything well, pour the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate it for 3-4 hours. 

      3. For serving, take two scoops of ice cream into a bowl. You can also add chopped fruits, nuts and chocolate syrup to enrich the flavour. 

      2. Gad Bad Ice Cream

      Gad Bad ice cream is a unique and fascinating combination of custard apple ice cream, jellies, nuts and fruit syrup. The fruit syrup could be of your choice. 

      Ingredients

      • Condensed milk - ½ cup
      • Milk (full fat) - 1 cup
      • Fresh cream - ½ cup 
      • Custard apple pulp - 1 cup 
      • Vanilla essence - 1/8 tsp

      For dressing

      • Jellies
      • Nuts
      • Fruit syrup

      Preparation Method

      1. Make a smooth mixture of milk, condensed milk and fresh cream. Keep blending it until you have a smooth texture.

      2. Now add custard apple pulp and vanilla essence to it. Finally, blend everything again to form a wonderful mixture.

      3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream tray. Freeze this mixture for 2-3 hours.  

      4. Take two scoops of custard apple ice cream in a glass for serving. Add fruit syrup and jellies to it and sprinkle with some nuts. 

      Voila! You are ready to serve the Gad Bad ice cream made with a deliciously healthy custard apple.

      Dietitian’s Recommendation

      People advise against eating custard apples because they are high in sugar, especially for diabetic patients. However, it is necessary to evaluate other criteria, such as the glycemic index, which is 54 and is thought to be acceptable for people with diabetes.

      Custard apples are a fruit that people with diabetes may easily have once or twice a week with milk or as a whole fruit without worrying about their blood sugar levels. However, if the fruit is particularly sweet, avoid adding additional sugar and enjoy it to its fullest.                                                                                                                                     - Dietitian Akshata Gandevikar

       

      The Final Say                                                                         

      Due to their natural sweetness and rich flavour, custard apples are frequently used in desserts. One popular treat is preparing ice cream from fresh custard apple pulp, which gives the Sitaphal ice cream a deliciously fresh flavour everyone can enjoy, along with several health benefits.

      FAQs

      1. Which season is the custard apple grown in?

      The custard apple is grown in winter.

      2. Is there any other name for custard apple?

      Custard apple has other names like Sitaphal, cherimoya, sweetsop and Sharifa.

      3. Are there other desserts besides ice creams in which custard apple is used?

      Yes, custard apple can also be used to make milkshakes, rabdi, kheer and thick shakes apart from ice cream.

      4. How does custard apple aid in improving eyesight?

      Custard apples are high in vitamin A, which improves eyesight, heals vision, and reduces the risk of glaucoma and cataracts.

      5. How can you increase your immunity by eating custard apples?

      Vitamin C in custard apples strengthens the immune system and wards off infections.

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