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Bite into luscious litchis

india Updated: May 14, 2010 02:13 IST

Litchi, a summer favourite, is not just delicious but it also packs a nutritional punch:

It has few calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, and is rich in dietary fibre, which is be important for those concerned about excess body weight.

Like citrus fruits, litchi is a good source of vitamin C that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and fight pro-inflammatory free radicals

It’s a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and folates. These are essential since they boost metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the body.

The fruit also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium (controls heart rate and blood pressure) and copper (required for production of red blood cells).