Is Dragon Fruit Good For You?

Is Dragon Fruit Good For You?
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The role this exotic fruit plays in health promotion.

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Last year, we learned that there are exotic fruits that we should stay away from. What about dragon fruit? Where do you get dragon fruit from? You can get it dried at Trader Joe’s.

It’s yummy, but is it harmful, harmless, or helpful? Helpful; we just found out this year it has all sorts of prebiotic goodies to keep our good gut bacteria happy.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Last year, we learned that there are exotic fruits that we should stay away from. What about dragon fruit? Where do you get dragon fruit from? You can get it dried at Trader Joe’s.

It’s yummy, but is it harmful, harmless, or helpful? Helpful; we just found out this year it has all sorts of prebiotic goodies to keep our good gut bacteria happy.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

Check out these other videos on prebiotics and gut flora:
Juicing Removes More Than Just Fiber
Preventing Crohn’s Disease With Diet
Carnitine, Choline, Cancer, and Cholesterol: The TMAO Connection

And check out my other videos on fruit

For more context, see my associated blog post: Soy milk: shake it up!

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10 responses to “Is Dragon Fruit Good For You?

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  2. I have become a big fan of dragon fruit — particularly the red-fleshed variety — because it just LOOKS so full of antioxidants. This video — admittedly old — doesn’t really go into whether or not fresh dragon fruit is particularly good for people. I would really like to know if there’s more research out there on this. I make a great dragon fruit smoothie with banana, strawberries, frozen spinach, and cacao nibs. The dragon fruit is thrown in purely for what I hope is its nutritional value. But it’s quite expensive. If I’m wasting my money, I’d love to know!

  3. Enjoy your dragonfruit smoothie! There are lots of nutirents there. Besides the source Dr. Greger cited, I found these 2 scholarly studies citing the health benefits of dragonfruit: Comparative antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of red and white pitayas and their correlation with flavonoid and polyphenol content.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21535651
    USDA Branded Food Products Database https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45291867
    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dragon-fruit-benefits#section1
    In addition I found this article which cited these references and provided a fuller view of the benefits. So yes, your new favorite fruit is good for people!

  4. FYI: Dried dragon fruit is only available in the winter; Trader Joe’s & Costco both carry it then. Flavor is subtle & slightly sweet.

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