Pitaya tea is actually a tea made from pitaya bark, placed in boiling water for infusion. It is not possible to use the fruit’s pulp to make tea, but it is a great idea to use them to make a nutritious and delicious suchá for hot days.
Throughout the article, you will find topics dedicated only to the preparation of these recipes. Check out!
Pitaya tea: what is it for?
The pitaya is known by many as a great fruit to lose weight, but that’s not just what it’s for. See below the list with the main benefits of pitaya:
- Improves immunity
- good for the heart
- It’s antioxidant
- Help in the treatment of diabetes
- helps to lose weight
- Improves bowel function.
See just how many benefits? These are just those that have already been confirmed by medicine. Pitaya still has many other traditional benefits of natural medicine, but science is still looking to prove them, so we haven’t put them on the list.
In the next topic, we’ll show you a little more about each of the benefits listed and explain how they work in the human body.
Learn more about the benefits of pitaya
Here you will learn a little more about each of the main benefits of pitaya and its tea. Check out our scientific references at the end of the article.
Pitaya is a great source of vitamin C, which helps the body to have more immunity and defenses against microbes, bacteria, and viruses (1).
Also, having good immunity is very important for treating and recovering from various illnesses and health problems.
This is, in principle, the greatest healthy advantage of the pitaya. After all, it is because of this great potential that it is well known in the medical science scene worldwide. However, there are many other benefits.
good for the heart
Another great benefit of pitaya is its protective action on the heart (2). A study in Malaysia proved that pitaya prevents aortic stiffness, a serious problem that can compromise the functioning of the heart.
In short, the pitaya substances can make the aorta, an important artery in the heart, more elastic. Thus, the heart becomes more “flexible,” ensuring better circulation, preventing clogging, and facilitating the beats. This benefit is even better for diabetic patients.
Furthermore, pitaya is also known for its high antioxidant potential (1, 2, 3). Antioxidant foods prevent free radicals, substances that hinder the healthy life cycle of cells, and thus open the door to the emergence of various diseases.
Among the diseases that can be prevented by antioxidant action are Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, premature aging, and several degenerative diseases.
Help in the treatment of diabetes
A Chinese study linked pitaya consumption to improved insulin resistance (1). That is, pitaya or natural consumables of this fruit help treat diabetes, as it improves the way the body receives and administers insulin.
helps to lose weight
Another striking benefit of pitaya is its large fiber while being low in calories (4). That is, this means that it promotes satiety, while it is a low-calorie option. Excellent for snacks and desserts during weight-loss diets.
A 100-gram pitaya (large) has about 50 calories only, which can be spent doing even simple activities like washing dishes, walking briskly for 20 minutes, or even sleeping.
Improves bowel function
Last but not least, pitaya is rich in fiber, which helps regulate the bowel (4). Although this benefit is more present in the fruit itself than in the tea, the drink also brings some of this characteristic of helping intestinal health.
How to prepare pitaya tea
For the pitaya tea, you will only need the fruit peels, well washed. You can eat the pulp fresh or reserve to make suchá (recipe in the topic below). Follow the instructions to make the best healthy pitaya tea:
- Wash the pitaya and cut it in half. Remove the pulp using a spoon. You will only need the husks for the tea
- Heat 1 cup of water in a saucepan and allow it to boil
- Then, as soon as it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the pitaya husks
- cover for 10 minutes
- Finally, remove the skins carefully (so as not to burn) and drink without sweetening.
The tea can be drunk once a day and is best served after any of the main meals.
It is also a drink that goes well with afternoon or morning snacks. It goes well with fruits, grains, and cookies.
How to prepare pitaya suchá
Pitaya suchá is very simple to prepare and is a way to enjoy the nutritious pulp of the fruit. All you need to do is the pitaya juice, just without using water or milk.
Instead, you should use a mild-tasting tea such as fennel, lavender, or chamomile. Follow the instructions below to get the best healthy pitaya suchá.
- Make 1 cup of the milk tea of your choice and allow it to cool. We recommend chamomile
- In a blender, add the pulp of 2 pitayas, 1 frozen banana, the tea, and 2 tablespoons of bee honey. beat everything
However, we do not recommend strongly flavored teas in the production of this suchá. Avoid using black tea, green tea, ginger, etc.
In addition to getting the benefits of pitaya, you will also get the benefits of the tea of your choice.
Care and contraindications
Despite its many benefits, pitaya also brings with it some essential contraindications and precautions. If misused, the fruit can end up acting as a villain rather than a benefit. Check-out:
- There is pitaya allergy, so be careful if this is the case
- The pitaya bark should not be eaten. After making the tea, throw them away
- Excessive consumption of pitaya can have negative side effects.
Taking care of these three points, the consumption of pitaya will only bring benefits and flavors to your life!