Jackfruit is a one of its kind tropical fruit, and not just because of how big and bulky it looks. The tough exterior holds a host of goodness inside and the flavour of its fruit and flesh is just unmatched in the natural world. Besides being tasty, it is also rich in energy, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins and free from saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of the healthy summer treats to relish!

Jackfruit is a source of resveratrol, which is the antioxidant considered by many to be the key to trimming inches. A 2015 study, done at Washington State University, said that mice who were fed a diet containing 0.1 percent resveratrol were able to convert their excess white body fat into metabolism-boosting beige fat. You can buy jackfruit fresh (they can be as large as a watermelon), frozen, dried or freeze-dried, and you can even use the flesh of the fruit as an ingredient in curries and stews. Its thick texture means the fruit is also used as a meat substitute.

Big on nutrition
Jackfruit seeds contain a good amount of protein. This can be added to different dishes that you prepare. You can also replace lentils in your daily diet with jackfruit seeds! The seeds also aid in healthy blood circulation that is vital for good hair growth, and for muscle oxygenation. Dice and pickle them in a spicy mix to be stored for long after the fruit is consumed. A single serving of jackfruit takes care of up to 23 percent of your daily minimum Vitamin C requirement. The Vitamin C and natural antioxidants help battle free radicals, and strengthen your immune system.

Gives you plenty of energy
Jackfruit is loaded with carbohydrate and calorie, and is a rich source of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that gives instant energy. Add to that the fact that the fruit contains zero cholesterol, which makes it a safe and healthy food. Unfortunately you will find canned jackfruit stored in sugar syrup or brine on store shelves, which is not a healthy option at all.

Thick-skin and unique looking fruit
Thick-skin and unique looking fruit

Boosts immunity
The antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids in jackfruit are powerful and are known to provide protection from cancer and help prevent a relapse. Antioxidants in the jackfruit are great to battle the free radicals that physical activity normally produces. Free radicals are produced due to oxidative stress in the body and they can damage the DNA of your cell and produce cancer cells. Antioxidants can neutralize this and jackfruit in particular is known to provide protection against colon, lung and oral cavity cancer.

Maintains blood pressure
Jackfruit has high potassium content, which helps regulate the sodium level in the body, and thus balances your blood pressure. Good levels of potassium help maintain the balance of electrolytes in your body, which is critical for reducing high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack symptoms. In addition, the humble jackfruit is also a rich source of dietary fiber which helps clear any digestion issues, and alleviates constipation.

Baby Jackfruit used in a curry
Baby Jackfruit used in a curry

Improved bone health
Calcium in the fruit strengthens and promotes healthy bone growth, and also prevents osteoporosis. The high potassium level helps battle the loss of calcium through the kidney, while the magnesium also contributes to that building and strengthening our bones. One serving of jackfruit is great for people who are potassium or magnesium deficient.

Fights anaemia
Jackfruit comes loaded with Vitamin A, C, E, K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic acid, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. All of these are essential in blood formation, and their balance is key in helping the body’s capacity to absorb iron through blood and taking it to the vital organs.

Regulates blood sugar levels
High blood sugar level can be caused due to manganese deficiency in the body, and it leads to a host of complications. Have a Jackfruit regularly to avoid this situation.

Lowers risk of heart disease
Jackfruit is very heart-friendly. The high levels of Vitamin B6 help reduce the homocystein levels in your blood. and keeps your heart hale and healthy.

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