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Healthy Food Database - Lychees

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The Lychee is native to southern China, where it has been cultivated for over 2000 years. Lychees were introduced into Australia in the 1870s by Chinese goldfield workers.
The fruit is about 3cm in diameter. It has a red brittle shell, with white translucent flesh and a single large seed. The flesh is sweet, sticky and juicy.
Wrap lychees in paper towel and place in a bowl - humid conditions are excellent for storing lychees. Otherwise, lychees can be stored in the fridge for 5-7 days, wrapped in plastic.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Summer
To Buy: Buy fresh or dried. Select fruit that is red/pink in colour -brown lychees may also be eaten. Lychees are also available in cans but avoid those in heavy syrup.
To Store: Wrap lychees in paper towel and place in a bowl - humid conditions are excellent for storing lychees. Otherwise, lychees can be stored in the fridge for 5-7 days, wrapped in plastic.
Tips & Tricks: Freeze lychees for a delicious treat for both adults and children.

Nutrition (0.5 Cup):

Weight (grams): 100
Carbohydrates, g: 16.3
Fat (g): 0.1
Monosaturated Fat , g: 0.0
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Low
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a
Energy (kJ): 298
Protein (g): 1.1
Saturated Fat, g : 0.0
Vitamin C: Antioxidant, anti inflammatory and immune-boosting, this vitamin has a range of uses. Is essential for collagen formation, therefore plays a role in wound healing. Fights infection and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes the absorption of iron and counters the effects of stress as it is concentrated in the adrenal glands.

Contraindications:
Large doses can cause diaorrhea or gas.
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. High

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Lychees are delicious in curries or served as a dessert with coconut icecream. The fruit also complements fish, chicken and marinades as well as added to salads.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Cold and Flus

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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