I love being on holiday. Who doesn’t, right? Waking up each morning carefree, just letting what adventures or chilling the day has in store find you, instead of “chasing-after-it” from 9am to whatever-pm. Easy strolling to the breakfast buffet spread to enjoy the first meal of the day. I’m usually not a big eater at breakfast, more a sampler, but I really enjoy those hits of chilled, fresh juice. And of all the juices typically available, my favourite is the sweet nectar of a pink guava. I simply love it: reminds me of holiday breakfast mornings. And it’s even better on a cruise.
Come to think of it, what a great way to start the day with fresh, chilled pink guava juice, wouldn’t you agree? From the moment the sweetness touches your tongue and glides down your throat, it immediately gives you a pick-up. And for me, it’s one of the best chasers for that morning coffee, as well as to wash breakfast down with.
There’s good reason too that guava juice gives such a great pick-up, besides its wonderfully rich sweetness (ie. think energy that becomes in your body) – guava contains eight times more vitamin C than an orange, and up to 30 times more than a watermelon. In guava’s case, less is certainly a lot more!
Vitamin C is a super nutrient. Not only is it essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our bodies, it boosts our immune system against low-level ailments like colds and flus, and acts like a supreme antioxidant protecting us against harmful free radicals and a spectrum of dreaded diseases such as cancer and the like. But vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning that our bodies don’t store it. We have to get the vitamin C that we need daily from the food we eat. Those pieces of guava after lunch now look extra good, right?
Guava is also an excellent source of vitamin A (required for mainting healthy mucusa and skin), beta-carotene (protection against lung and oral cavity cancers), lycopene, lutein and cryptoxanthin, all of which are known to have antioxidant properties essential for optimum health.
Pink guava (my favourite!) is particularly rich in lycopene, which research suggests helps prevent skin damage from UV rays – pay special attention golfers, sailors, and all other outdoorsy sport people! – as well as protection against prostrate cancer.
Guava is naturally low in fat and calorie content, but is a very rich source of soluble dietary fibre, providing close to 15% DV (ie. daily value, the amount of dietary fibre we need daily). This makes guava an excellent laxative against constipation – perhaps better than the popular prune juice “method” – and to regulate healthy bowel movements. Soluble fibre also helps to protect the colon’s membrane against cancer-causing agents.
The fruit is also a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids, and helps in regulating and maintaining a healthy heart rate and blood pressure. Other nutrients and essential minerals contained in guava are the B-complex vitamins (another reason why guavas provide such a good pick-up), vitamins E and K, magnesium, manganese (a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes) and copper (required for the production of red blood cells).
So, back to holidays, especially cruising ones – here at Sofresh, we supply a good amount of guava to our cruise ship clients each cruise season. Visualise this: kicking back on a deck chair onboard a cruise ship, sailing in the middle of the ocean, endless views on all sides of blue skies meeting blue seas somewhere in the you-don’t-care-where distance, sipping a tall, cold, refreshing, sweet guava juice. Or a cocktail that guava had a part to play in… Simply sublime.
We’re glad to be some small part of that picture, and it’s OK that the passengers onboard enjoying their drinks don’t know us. They’re on holiday, they don’t need to, nor care about things like that. In any case, I’m booking my next holiday pretty soon… Till the next one!