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Health benefits of jackfruit


The jackfruit is a large oval fruit with powerful smell. It is believed that the fruit has been first originated in Indian rainforests. The fruit has a green skin, and turns to yellow when overripe. The fruit contains of pulp, flesh and seeds. The pulp and flesh are yellow and succulent. Taste of the flesh is sweet. The seed is about the size of a pigeon's egg.

The pulp and flesh of the young fruit is usually cooked as vegetable, preserved or canned. Flesh of ripe fruit is delicious eaten fresh or made into various recipes as well as desserts, drinks, jam, chutney, jelly, and paste, or preserved as sweets by drying. The seeds also can be eaten roasted, boiled or dried and salted, or they can be process to make flour and mixed together with wheat flour for baking. Jackfruit has an acquired taste and commonly does not appeal to those unfamiliar with it.

Although many people love jackfruit for its delicious taste, quite a few are uninformed of the jackfruit health benefits. Listed below is the quantity of nutrients available in 100 gm of jackfruit:

Sodium - 3 mg
Total Carbohydrates - 24 g
Dietary Fiber - 2 g
Protein - 1 g
Vitamin A - 297 IU
Vitamin C - 6.7 mg
Thiamine - 0.03 mg
Riboflavin - 0.11 mg
Niacin - 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.108 mg
Foliate - 14 mcg
Calcium - 34 mg
Iron - 0.6 mg
Magnesium - 37 mg
Phosphorus - 36 mg
Potassium - 303 mg
Sodium - 3 mg
Zinc - 0.42 mg
Copper - 0.187 mg
Manganese - 0.197 mg
Selenium - 0.6 mcg
Total Fat - 0.3 mg
Saturated Fat - 0.063 mg
Mono unsaturated Fat - 0.044 mg
Polyunsaturated Fat - 0.086 mg
Calories - 94

As stated in nutrients list above, you can see that jackfruit is a rich source of potassium. Researches have proved that food rich in potassium supports to regulate your blood pressure. For that reason, jackfruit has the health benefit of providing aid for lowering blood pressure for anybody who suffers from high blood pressure.

Jackfruit supplies a good amount of proteins and carbohydrates but less amount of fat and calories. These make the jackfruit as an excellent energy supplement. Therefore the fruit is good to include in loss weight diet plan.

Jackfruit is a source of vitamin C. Your body does not create vitamin C naturally, so you must eat food that contains vitamin C to obtain its health benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that keeps the body against free radicals. Vitamin C also holds the cells in your bodies together, strengthens your immune systems and maintains your gums healthy.

Jackfruit has phytonutrients that contained with lignans, isoflavones and saponins, which have wide ranging of health benefits. These phytonutrients have anti-cancer, anti-ageing, antihypertensive and anti-ulcer properties. Therefore jackfruit can prevent cancer cells from forming in the body, can slow down the degeneration of cells that result the skin look younger and supple, can reduce blood pressure and can fight against stomach ulcers.

Boiling the jackfruit root and extracting its content. The extract of jackfruit root is believed to cure those suffering from asthma, diarrhea and fever.

If you want to take benefit of the jackfruit, you can get jackfruit in many Caribbean and Asian food stores or superstores.

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