Are Guavas Paleo?


Guavas are another type of fruit that can be freely included in a Paleo lifestyle. Although some people living this way prefer to severely restrict or eliminate all fruit, due to their carbohydrate content, this approach varies and what works well for one person might not be best for another. As far as carbohydrates go, guavas are relatively low on the glycemic index, consisting of only about 14% carbohydrates.

The Nutritional Content of Guavas

While avoiding carbohydrates (to an extent) is advisable, it should not get in the way of another important aspect of Paleo: eating nutrient-rich foods. Although the nutrient content varies depending on the type of guava, a single common guava fruit tends to contain about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange, while still remaining low in folic acid. Guavas also contain a significant amount of protein, as well as calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Additionally, guavas contain polyphenols which are among the major groups of antioxidants.

Guavas are among the most colorful plants out there (especially their juicy flesh) and Mark Sisson has a whole post on why we should be sure to eat colorful foods.

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