Are you familiar with the jackfruit? It is the largest fruit grown on tree which can grow up to 100 lbs.
This amazing super fruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh. It is bumpy, hard green fruit with pale-colored flesh.
Due to its versatility, texture and vitamin content, it has become popular as a replacement of meat for vegans.
How To Eat It
There are many ways to eat this fruit with a unique flavor and texture. Usually, people eat the yellow, sweet parts covering the seed, but others also use the rest of the fruit to make stir fried dishes and curries. You can also dry the seed and ground it to obtain a nutritious flavor.
Raw jackfruit can be used as a pork substitute. Once cooked, it absorbs the sauce well and gets a moist and tender texture. Still, have in mind that it has a rather pungent and strong smell, something between a pineapple and mango.
Nutritional Value Of Jackfruit
Jackfruit is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fiber. It has also a certain amount of vitamin A, calcium and even a little of protein. One cup daily of this fruit provides 25% of the needed amount of B6, a complex vitamin that you can’t obtain in a regular vegan diet.
1 cup or 165 grams or jackfruit contains 2.6 grams of fiber, 2.4 grams of protein and around 190 calories, which makes it nutritious and filling.
High fiber content acts as a laxative, moving food through your colon for smooth elimination to help prevent waste from sticking around and clogging your colon.
Seeds: Jackfruit’s seeds are rich in potassium, protein, iron, and calcium. Just 3.5 ounces provide 7 grams of protein, 38 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 grams of fiber. This is 6% of the dietary reference intake or DRI.
1. Anti-Cancer Properties
Jackfruit is loaded with many powerful compounds such as phytonutrients, saponins, lignants and isoflavones. These compounds are very important anti-cancer agents. They can prevent the free radicals which cause some chronic diseases and can develop cancer.
2. Good For The Skin
Jackfruit seeds contain fibers that can help the process of detoxification of the body, which helps you achieve a clear, glowing complexion. You can take some jackfruit seeds and put them in cold milk for about 60 seconds. Grind the mixture and apply it on the affected area. Use this procedure on a regular basis (once a day) and you can expect to reduce the wrinkles on your face in about six weeks.
Jackfruit seeds can also provide smooth skin. Soak some seeds in a mixture of milk and honey. Grind the mixture until you get a fine paste and apply it on your face. Wait until it is completely dried and wash it with lukewarm water. Your skin will look rejuvenated and smooth.
3. Stimulates Hair Growth
These seeds are stimulating proper blood circulation that can ultimately stimulate hair growth.
4. Balances Blood Pressure
Thanks to the potassium found in jackfruit, this fruit has the ability to keep the right levels of sodium in the system. Potassium can also help with the regulation of fluid levels and keep the right balance of electrolytes in the body. This means that it is good for regulation of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
5. Improves Your Vision
The large amounts of antioxidants in jackfruit improve eyesight and at the same time protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataract. As we have mentioned before, jackfruit also contain Vitamin A which is known for its positive effects on human eyes.
6. Assists With Digestion
The dietary fiber found in jackfruit make this fruit act like a mild laxative. This means that it can prevent constipation and stimulates digestion.
7. Improves Bone Health
Rich in calcium, jackfruit is the perfect fruit for those who want to improve and strengthen the health of their bones. Eating jackfruit can also prevent osteoporosis. Potassium found in jackfruit can prevent the loss of calcium.
8. Protects From Heart Disease
Jackfruit comes with many benefits for heart health. For example, Vitamin B6 found in jackfruit contributes to the reduction of homocystein levels in the blood and protects the heart.
9. Boost The Immune System
When people suspect that they may develop some infection or cold they take various Vitamin C supplements. It contains the necessary amount of Vitamin C in a natural form and only one cup of jackfruit a day can improve the immune system.
10. Protects The Thyroid
Thyroid metabolism depends on the level of copper in the body, especially when it comes to hormone absorption and production. It contains large amounts of this mineral and keeps the thyroid metabolism protected.