Last Updated on September 9, 2020
What are the health benefits of lychee? Are there any weight loss benefits associated with eating this fruit?
Lychee nuts (Litchi chinensis) are a type of fruit with a white, rubbery pulp, a reddish-brown skin, and a nice brown seed. I consider lychee nuts to be absolutely delectable to eat. It is one of my favorite fruits.
As for weight loss, there are differing options. Some people say lychee fruit’s high glycemic index makes it unlikely to assist in weight loss. But, I beg to differ. I have yet to meet anyone who is going to eat a whole bathtub full of lychees.
Lychees are quite rich, and most people have had enough after about four or five of them. So, sure, you can say that lychee nuts have a glycemic index of 70 and so they aren’t healthy. But is that really true? How do lychee nuts compare to chocolate bars or deep-fried chicken nuggets? I mean, for goodness sake, let people enjoy healthy treats like lychee nuts, glycemic index notwithstanding.
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Lychees are a fantastic food. They are high in fiber and high in vitamin C. They also have an unusual phytonutrient that is high in flavonoids and has antiviral properties. Lychee nuts also contain trace elements. From what I’ve read, lychee nuts are beneficial to the heart, the bones, and for curbing the appetite.
The high fiber content means that lychee nuts tend to slow things down in the gut. In my experience, if you sit someone down with a bag of potato chips and then sit someone else down with a bag of lychee nuts, it’s the one with the potato chips that is going to eat far too much.
Chemicals are added to processed foods to encourage people to overeat. But no one is adding chemicals to lychee nuts.
Remember the saying, if it groud out of the grow, grows in the ground, or runs around on the ground, it’s probably okay to eat. (Not always, of course. There’s such a thing as poisonous mushrooms, etc.!)
I endorse entirely eating lychee nuts, not from a weight loss perspective, but a holistic health and enjoyment perspective. This fruit will help your digestive system considerably.
If you want to give lychees a try, get a half dozen or so and enjoy them after a meal. Maybe you’ll be like me and become addicted to them. They are absolutely delicious to eat but in limited quantities. Enjoy them for what they are – a delicious fruit, not a weight loss aid.