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Health Benefits of Sapodilla (Chiku), Uses And Its Side Effects

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2020

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Sapodilla is a pulpy fruit with a number of health benefits as a part of a healthy balanced diet. It is a high-calorie fruit with low fat and no cholesterol content and helps you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

It serves as a laxative to clear bowel movements due to high dietary fiber content and also helps with other digestive ailments, such as diarrhea, heartburn, inflammation of the food tract, gastritis, etc.

Chiku also serves to protect you from day to day ailments like common cold by improving the immune system. Vitamin A improves vision and helps to reduce the effects of aging by improving skin quality, maintaining blood pressure, and a healthy heart.

About Sapodilla (Chiku)

Sapodilla or sapota (chiku) is a tropical fruit belonging to the Sapotaceae family. It is a grey-brown pulpy fruit with a grainy texture & sweet taste. Only the ripe fruit is edible. The fruit is hard and produces saponin when unripe, but softens as it ripens up.

Sapodilla (Chiku) grows on evergreen trees that survive only in hot or warm climates. Flowering continues throughout the year, but the yield of fruits occurs twice a year.

Nutritional Value of Sapodilla (Chiku)

Sapodilla is a high calorie fruit, with each 100gm yielding about 83Kcal in terms of energy. It contains about 20gm of carbohydrates, very low fat and zero cholesterol. It contains high amounts of dietary fiber content, about 5gm per 100gm of fruit.

Sapodilla also contains significant amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and other vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, etc. It also contains large quantities of iron, copper, and calcium, along with magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

1.1 g
Total Fat
12 mg
193 mg
20 g
Total Carbohydrate
0.4 g

Vitamins and Minerals

1 %
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
24 %
Vitamin C
4 %
3 %

Health Benefits of Sapodilla (Chiku)

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Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sapodilla (Chiku)

Sapodilla (Chiku) Boost Energy

Sapodilla or Chiku is a high calorie fruit made up mostly of easily digestible sugars fructose and sucrose like bananas and sweet potatoes. Hence they can quickly replenish energy and is immensely helpful during activities like exercising or active sports.

Sapodilla Helps in Digestion

High amount of dietary fibers present Sapodilla which serves as an excellent way to improve bowel movement, prevents constipation, and clears the digestive tract.

Chiku Improves Immunity Power

Substantial amount of Vitamin C contained in the Sapodilla (Chiku) fruit with other antioxidants present in it helps to improve your immunity against various disease causing germs.

Prevents digestive ailments

The Sapodilla (Chiku) fruit is rich in a polyphenolic compound called tannin. Tanni present in Sapodilla (Chiku) is an anti-inflammatory compound that helps reduce symptoms of irritation in different regions of the digestive tract, heartburn, and gastritis.

Sapodilla (Chiku) Improves vision

Sapodilla fruit contains a large amount of Vitamin A, which helps in the formation of visual sensory cells and improves eyesight.

Sapodilla (Chiku) Acts as Medicine

Sapodilla (Chiku) contain anti bacterial and anti parasitic properties as well, hence they can stop bleeding & infection at wounds, and act as remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhoids.

Sapodilla (Chiku)Prevents cancer

Fruits like Sapodilla which is rich n Vitamin A offers protection against lung and oral cavity cancers. Also its laxative property due to high dietary fiber content clears the digestive tract and helps protect the colon wall from dangerous cancer causing toxins.

Chiku Relieves Pulmonary Problems

The fruits & flowers of Sapodilla (Chiku) are used to relieve pulmonary complaints such as cough, cold, congestions, etc.

Sapodilla (Chiku) Reduces Effects of Ageing

Consumption of sapodilla fruit in a healthy diet contributes substantially to reduce the effects of aging, both visibly, and internally. Vitamin A and other antioxidants scavenge harmful free radicals.

High iron content helps to stop the depletion of hemoglobin content of blood. Sapodilla or Chiku also helps to keep the skin healthy, bright, and wrinkle-free.

Uses of Sapodilla (Chiku)

Sapodilla is a tropical pulpy fruit like mango, and the flesh can be consumed directly. Also, like any other fruit, it makes a great addition to fruit salad, milk shakes, and even ice creams and other confectionaries.

Other than consumption, the sapodilla fruit used for when unripe secretes a gummy latex-like substance called chicle, which used to be used in chewing gum, so much so, that the colloquial ‘chiclet’ for chewing gums was derived from ‘chicle’. A paste of the sapodilla fruit seeds is used in some cultures as an antidote for the mildly venomous sting and bites. The wood is used as timber.


Sapodilla (Chiku) Side-Effects & Allergies

Sapodilla has few side effects. Overconsumption may lead to digestive problems. Tannin is an astringent and may cause unpleasant itchy sensations in the mouth, especially if raw Sapodilla (Chiku) is consumed.

Consumption of raw fruits may lead to another sapodilla fruit side effects which is irritation and inflammation of the throat causing breathing troubles, especially in children. Chiku seeds are hard and hooked, and their ingestion may cause abdominal pains and vomiting.

Cultivation of Sapodilla (Chiku)

Sapodilla (Chiku) is said to have originated in the rainforests of Central America, possibly in Mexico, Belize, and northeastern Guatemala. During early colonial times, it was carried over to the Philippines, and today, the cultivation of Sapodilla has spread all over the tropical belt and is grown in India, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka as a major commercial crop.


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    Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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    Reviewed ByDt. Ms. Shilpa MarwahB.Sc (Home Science), Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health NutritionDietitian/Nutritionist

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