Loquats are known to be a low calorie fruit offering a number of health benefits.
There are just 47 calories in 100 grams of loquat. One cup of cubed Loquat contains 70 calories out of which 3 calories come from fats. An equal quantity of cubed Loquat contains 0.3 grams of fat out of which there is 0.1 grams of each saturated fat as well as polyunsaturated fat and 1 mg of Sodium. There are a total of 18.1 grams of carbohydrates out of which 2.5 grams are Dietary Fiber. The protein content in one cup of cubed loquat is 0.6 grams.
This low calorie fruit is quite nutritional and is considered to be a great food option for those who are trying to shed some weight or maintain it and thus need to watch out on their calorie intake. Loquat is rich in Dietary Fiber; it has a good amount of insoluble dietary fiber, pectin which helps in guarding the colon mucous membrane. This dietary fiber is also known to decrease the blood cholesterol levels.
Loquat is a good source of Potassium and Vitamin A. 100 grams of loquat contains around 1528 IU of Vitamin A. This Vitamin helps in guarding the lungs and oral cavity cancers. Other Vitamins such as Vitamin B6, folate, Niacin and Vitamin C are also present in Loquat.
It also contains a good amount of phenolic flyonoid antioxidants like ferulic acid, feruloylquinic acid, neo-chlorogenic acid, chlorogenic acid, coumaric acids, hydroxybenzoic acid and protocatechuic acid. Ripen Loquat also has some amount of Chlorogenic acid concentration. Loquat also has a good amount of essential vitamins including calcium, copper, iron, manganese, etc. Copper is essential for the body as it is involved in producing the red blood cells. Similarly other minerals present in this fruit also have their set of health benefits.