Though whole, raw jackfruit may look a little scary, according to at least one article, jackfruit has many health benefits that you’re sure as heck not going to find in it’s animal-based counterparts!
If you’re not familiar with jackfruit, it’s a rather odd-looking fruit (check out the picture above) that belongs to the mulberry family. I’ve never worked up the nerve to use fresh jackfruit and instead opt to use canned jackfruit. It’s easy and delicious. Unripe jackfruit can realistically and deliciously take on the flavors of whatever spices and herbs you mix it with.
Jackfruit has many vitamins and minerals, including: vitamin A and C, iron, calcium, potassium, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin etc.
Some research indicates the following benefits of jackfruit.
- Because jackfruit is rich in vitamin C, it helps boost immunity.
- Not to get too technical, “jackfruit contains phytonutrients like lignas, saponins and isoflavones.” These phytonutrients are important for anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.
- It’s good for your gut and helps your digestion. Jackfruit also helps constipation. Jackfruit is bowel friendly baby!
- Got energy? No? Well, eating jackfruit can help with that! “Jackfruit contains fructose and sucrose which gives the body enough energy without disturbing the sugar level”. A boost of energy without the related sugar crash!
- Jackfruit is rich in potassium. This is helpful for lowering blood pressure and decreasing the possibility of heart attack and stroke.
- Rich in copper, jackfruit helps support thyroid health.
- We all need calcium for stronger bones. Well, jackfruit has ample magnesium which helps in absorbing calcium. This leads to stronger bones and helps prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.
- Everyone is always looking for ways to look younger. Jackfruit to the rescue! Jackfruit is rich in antioxidants and has a high water content. This can help slow the appearance of aging, keep skin moisturized and help against wrinkle development.
- High in Vitamin A, jackfruit helps vision health and protects the eyes from UV rays.
- Because jackfruit contains fiber, eating it can help prevent constipation.
- Finally, it is believed that the presence of niacin (Vitamin B) in jackfruit, is helpful to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Niacin controls the hormones and helps increase boost the immune system.