Healthline explains that jackfruit is an exotic fruit native to tropical climates and related to the same class of fruits as figs, mulberries and breadfruit. It is the largest fruit in the world, with a single fruit known to reach a weight of 110 pounds, according to the blogsite www.nutritionadvance.com. Inside this robust fruit are sweet, chewy, juicy bulbs, that can be eaten raw or can be cooked and be eaten alone or a part of a meal as a plant-based meat alternative. Besides its extreme versatility, the most important aspect to the jackfruit is its nutritional value.
According to Healthline, despite its large size, the jackfruit carries a moderate number of calories, yet is packed with nutritional power. It is also a unique fruit in that it has a very high protein content and is also very rich in antioxidants. Here are some of the health benefits of eating jackfruit:
- Has a low glycemic index so it may benefit blood sugar control.
- It is high in vitamin C, flavanones, and carotenoids which are all antioxidants that help to protect against disease.
- Jackfruit contains immune boosting vitamins A and C that are helpful in reducing viral infections.
- Its high vitamin C content may improve skin health.
- It may reduce the risk of heart disease due to its high content of potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
While jackfruit is generally safe to eat, people allergic to birch pollen should avoid the fruit. Due to its potential to lower blood sugar levels, Healthline also warns diabetics to be mindful of their medication dosages when consuming the fruit.
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