Imagine eating delicious, saucy, falling-apart pulled pork – and then discovering that it was not pork at all, but jackfruit. Don’t be surprised, jackfruit is a vegan delight.
Back in my hometown of Kerala, the jackfruit tree is a must-have at most houses in my village. We had about four of them. The mammoth fruits are often falling to the ground, where they are pecked on by the crows, which are quite muscular and healthy. All the same, I love the fruit and when it is ripe, its sweetness clouds all your senses.
But jackfruit aren't just delicious, they have heaps of health benefits too, that is why I call them the heavenly paradise. I am sure most vegans would agree.
Check out some of the jackfruit's benefits:
High in protein
Jackfruit seeds contain a good amount of protein. These can be added to different dishes that you prepare. You can also replace lentils in your daily diet with jackfruit seeds!
Promotes hair growth
Jackfruit seeds can aid in healthy blood circulation, which is vital for good hair growth.
Jackfruit is a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system. A strong immune system can protect the body from many common diseases, such as a coughs, colds and flu.
Jackfruit is loaded with carbohydrates and calories. It is a rich source of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose, which give instant energy. The fruit contains zero cholesterol, making it a safe and healthy food.
Jackfruit has antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids, which provide protection from cancer. Antioxidants in jackfruit protect the body from free radicals.
Maintains blood pressure
Jackfruit has potassium, which helps maintain sodium levels in the body. Good level of potassium helps to maintain fluid levels to balance electrolytes. Hence, it is useful in reducing high blood pressure, and the risk of stroke or heart attack.
Jackfruit is a rich source of dietary fibre. This helps to improve digestion and prevents constipation.
Prevents colon cancer
Jackfruit is high in dietary fats that cleanse toxins from the colon. Hence, it reduces the toxin effects in the colon. Antioxidants in jackfruit protect from cancer, ageing and degenerative disease.
Rich antioxidant content in jackfruit boosts eye sight, and provides protection against cataract and macular degeneration. Jackfruit also contains vitamin A, a vital nutrient for eye health.
Skin health and ageing
Many natural factors such as passing years, menopause, and low nutrition cause the body to age. Pollution, UV radiation and smoke also speed up the ageing process. Antioxidants present in jackfruit can destroy the free radicals in the body to slow down the ageing process.
Jackfruit provides relief to people suffering from asthma. Asthma is a respiratory disorder affecting a number of people today.
Jackfruit contains calcium, which keeps healthy bones strong. This can also prevent osteoporosis. Jackfruit also contains a good level of potassium, which helps slow the loss of calcium.
Jackfruit comes loaded with vitamins A, C, E, K, niacin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid, copper, manganese and magnesium, which are required for blood formation. This also increases your body’s capacity to absorb iron.
Colds and infections
Vitamin C supplements are known to prevent colds and infections. One cup of jackfruit can give your body a good amount of this, strengthening your immune system.
Regulates blood sugar
High blood sugar levels can be caused due to manganese deficiency in the body. Jackfruit has a rich amount of this nutrient.
Prevents bone loss
Jackfruit is rich in magnesium, which helps build and strengthen your bones. People who consume potassium and magnesium-rich food have higher bone density.
Keeps thyroid healthy
Copper is vital for thyroid metabolism, especially for hormone production and absorption. Jackfruit is filled with this potent micro-minerals and keeps your metabolism rate healthy.
Supports bowel regularity
Jackfruit has high a fibre content that can give relief and prevention from constipation.
Helps prevent night blindness
Jackfruit can be very good for your eyes. This ‘jack of all fruits’ contains a good amount of vitamin A and can prevent night blindness.
Lowers risk of heart disease
Jackfruit is very heart-friendly. Vitamin B6 present in the fruit helps to reduce homocysteine levels in your blood, keeping your heart hale and hearty!
Jackfruit has strong anti-ulcerative properties that can cure these and many other digestive system disorders.
With so many benefits, the jackfruit deserves a place of honour in your diet! So, eat the jackfruit and enjoy its health benefits!