Updated: Jun 26, 2019
You know how people say something tastes "like chicken" lol? Well Jackfruit is one of those super fruits! Mainly because it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat.
This unique and incredibly heavy looking fruit in our hands is called the Jackfruit. Jackfruit, the national fruit of Bangladesh that is widely cultivated in the tropical belts around the world, is an ubiquitous fruit known to one and all.The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a species of tree in the mulberry family (Moraceae). The tree is native to South and Southeast Asia. Now, this tree is cultivated in the tropical regions of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Jackfruit is also found across Africa like Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Mauritius, as well as throughout Brazil and in Caribbean nations such as Jamaica. The flesh of the jackfruit is starchy and fibrous with a distinct aroma
Jackfruit Cancer Studies
The fruit is mostly available during the summer months. This fruit contains high quantity of saponins, lignans, phytonutrients, and isoflavones. According to many scientific studies, all these properties may make ackfruit an anti-cancer element, which helps in the removal of the free radicals from cells that aids in the process of cancer growth reduction.
In other studies, the presence of all these elements in Jackfruit helps in reducing endometrial cancer, which can prevent the growth of early cancer cells and stomach ulcer. The saponins are seen to affect the outer layer of cancer cells and prevent its outgrowth. Always consult with your healthcare professional. Read VGNAF.com disclaimer for details on starting a new healthcare regime
Here are the 7 health benefits of the jackfruit.
1. Jackfruit can help upkeep your digestive system.
Jackfruit possesses a considerable amount of fiber. Fiber stimulates peristaltic motion and increased secretion of gastric juices, which eases digestion, prevents conditions like constipation, and protects the body from more serious conditions like colorectal cancer. One cup of jackfruit contains 3 grams of dietary fiber.
2. Jackfruit may not spike your blood sugar levels compared to fruit juices.
The glycemic index ranks food and drinks based on their blood sugar increase potential. People with Type 2 Diabetes must look out for foods high on the scale. Jackfruit is more slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, which prevents sugar crashes, sugar cravings, and mood swings.
3. Jackfruit can help maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Jackfruit is loaded with potassium and a low content of sodium. They are well known because of its high potassium content. One cup of jackfruit contains a whopping 500 milligrams of potassium, compared to just 5.0 milligrams of sodium. This helps the blood vessels relax and maintains proper blood pressure!
4. Jackfruit can help individuals fight infections.
One cup of jackfruit contains 18 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements per cup. Vitamin C is a potent natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
5. Jackfruit may contribute to improving your hair and skin.
Adequate vitamin C intake does not only improve the immune system but can also create and maintain collagen, an essential protein found in hair and skin. Also, jackfruit contains vitamin A to keep the hair moisturized through increased sebum production.
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