With how erratic the weather has been these days, the hot sunny days always have me reaching out for a refreshing drink. I’ve been trying to cut down on soft drinks, but what else can I drink when it’s just blazing hot outside?
Besides, the ongoing pandemic has made me a little more health-conscious, so I’ve been trying to go healthier with fruit juices. Fancy cold-pressed juices aside, I prefer to get my fruit juices from the supermarket—it’s a lot more affordable, convenient, and easily available!
Most of us would be familiar with MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH, and they have always come up with fresh ways of helping us to live life to the fullest while staying healthy. This time, they’ve done it again with MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH: Less Sugar Soursop. It’s a limited-edition drink, so it’ll only be available from mid-July, while stocks last.
MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH is the first to launch this Less Sugar range of chilled fruit juices in Singapore, so you can enjoy your refreshing and nutritious fruit juices, guilt-less (pun intended). MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH is definitely at the top of my list when it comes to chilled fruit juices in Singapore.
Intrigued, I had to give it a try. I usually only see soursop as part of drinks in coffeeshops or as a dessert in hawker centres, so seeing this as a packaged drink in supermarkets really evoked nostalgia. But Less Sugar Soursop juice has at least 50% less sugar than regular soursop juice drinks—it’s much better for your health.
I liked how clean and fresh the soursop juice tasted, especially since it’s made from real soursop puree—MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH certainly wasn’t kidding when they say, ‘any fresher, you’ll have to peel it yourself’.
And as I was sipping on my glass of Less Sugar Soursop juice, I realised that I didn’t really know much about this spiky green fruit. It was also surprisingly refreshing, with tropical, citrus notes and a slightly tangy finish.
Also known as 红毛榴莲 (or “ang moh” durian) in Chinese, I decided to find out more about this tangy fruit. Here are six facts and benefits you might not have known about soursops!
1. Helps To Reduce Heart Disease Risk
It may be a little morbid, but the looming pandemic has pushed me to think a lot more about mortality. And along with that came the realisation that in Singapore, one out of three deaths is due to heart diseases or stroke.
And with my own family background of hypertension, high blood pressure and other health issues, it’s heartening to note that soursop can help to reduce the risk of heart diseases.
The soursop fruit contains high amounts of antioxidants, which are compounds which help to neutralise harmful free radicals. Studies have shown that antioxidants help to reduce the risk of diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
2. Helps To Reduce Inflammation
Thanks to the antioxidants in the soursop fruit, it can also help to reduce inflammation.
Of course, inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to injury, but it’s no fun if inflammation becomes a chronic problem.
If you’re feeling the aches a little strongly these few days, then try adding a glass of Less Sugar Soursop from MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH to your diet.
3. Helps To Fight Bacteria
You’d be happy to know that soursop can also help to fight bacteria. Now, don’t go gargling soursop juice as mouthwash yet.
Studies have shown that concentrated soursop extract can effectively kill off bacteria, including those that cause gingivitis and tooth decay.
Include a glass of Less Sugar Soursop juice from MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH in your daily routine—it’s never a bad idea to get more fruits in your diet.
4. Helps To Boost Immunity
Speaking of fruits, soursop can help you to boost your immunity, too. As with many citrus fruits, soursop is rich in Vitamin C, which we need for a strong immune system.
And soursop also helps to stimulate the production of white blood cells—which are the “defenders” within our bloodstream that ensure we can fight off illnesses.
You can enjoy a glass of Less Sugar Soursop juice from MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH whenever you’re craving something refreshing, instead of reaching for soft drinks. Not only is it high in Vitamin C, MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH Less Sugar Soursop juice comes packed with Vitamins A and B1 too.
5. Promotes Good Digestive Health
As a food writer, one of the common issues I’ve faced has to be overeating and feeling bloated. All that rich food makes for a very unhappy gut, especially as I get (slightly) older.
Luckily, soursop promotes good digestive health. MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH Less Sugar Soursop juice has 7.5g of dietary fibre in a 250ml glass, so you can rest assured you’re getting the necessary nutrients too.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and its high level of antioxidants, soursop can help to improve your gastrointestinal health, especially if you’re prone to getting stomach ulcers.
6. Helps to Stabilise Blood Sugar Levels
For those who have diabetes and need to watch their blood sugar level, you’ll be delighted to know that soursop also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels—great news indeed.
Specifically, the soursop fruit blocks the enzymes from increasing the blood glucose levels. And it’s doubly beneficial for people with diabetes, because it also stimulates the body’s reaction to insulin. Definitely a plus point!
Add a glass of Less Sugar Soursop juice from MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH to your daily routine for a healthy boost!
Well, there you have it. Who knew soursop juice could be so delicious and so good for you?
Less Sugar Soursop juice from MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH is certainly an excellent way to boost your health, and a super refreshing and delicious one at that.
You can find MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH Less Sugar Soursop for a limited time only at various supermarkets, like Cold Storage, FairPrice, Giant, Prime Supermarket, RedMart, and Sheng Siong. You can also get your fix from Cheers stores, minimarts and provision stores.
So, if you’re still looking for a healthy drink to quench your thirst, then it’s time to grab a carton or two of MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH Less Sugar Soursop. I know I already have three cartons stocked up in my fridge, ready to tide me through the hottest afternoons.
Expected Damage: S$2.60 per pack (1L carton)
*This post is brought to you in partnership with MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH.