Jackfruit is a nutritious fruit that can be eaten as a substitute for meat when not ripened as it can have a neutral or savory flavor and when ripened it has a sweet taste like other tropical fruits such as mangoes and bananas. Jackfruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and many more. Even its seeds have many nutritious values.
100gms of jackfruit contains:
Calcium: 34 mg
Carbohydrate: 24 g
Fat: 0.3 mg
Folate: 14 mcg
Iron: 0.6 mg
Dietary fiber: 2 g
Protein: 1 g
Potassium: 303 mg
Jackfruit contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin among many other nutrients.
Here are some health benefits of jackfruit:
Makes your bones strong:
Jack fruit is a good source of a high amount of calcium and potassium. The presence of calcium helps to strengthen the bones and the presence of potassium reduces the loss of calcium through the kidneys. People with symptoms of bone-related disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis can be managed by consuming jack fruit.
Good for gut health:
Jackfruit has both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber can be easily broken down by our body to produce energy and the insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool making bowel movement easy.
Boosts immune system:
Jackfruit has a high amount of antioxidants and vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system and makes it stronger when fighting infection.
Gives you energy:
Jackfruit is loaded with good carbohydrates and it instantly gives you an energy boost upon consumption. Jackfruit contains sugar and the sugar present in jackfruit is easy to digest and is healthy for the body.
Good for cardiovascular health:
Jackfruit is very rich in potassium and helps in aiding the fitness of heart and circulatory system.
Good for eyes:
Jackfruit is rich in vitamin A and it provides healthy nutrition for the eyes. Vitamin A protects the eyes from bacterial and viral infection and even helps to get rid of free radicals which might be harmful. This saves the eyes from intense and harmful light waves like UV rays. It helps in improving eyesight, and is especially effective in preventing degeneration of the retina, and even reduces the risk of cataracts.
May prevent cancer:
Jackfruit is rich in flavonoids and phytonutrients, antioxidants that eliminate the toxins produced by the body as well as the free radicals which are harmful to us. Both toxins and free radicals cause cancer in the body.
These are some of the health benefits of jackfruit. To know more about a healthy diet contact a nutritionist or diet coach.
Nutritionist & Diet Coach
1. Anita Sahu - Nutritionist & Diet Coach - Utopia Life Coach & DP's Cuisine Restaurant in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.