Yes, Jackfruit is Paleo!
Reaching up to 100 pounds in weight, jackfruit is known to be the largest fruit tree in the world. It is a tropical fruit widely recognized for its shape and size. Jackfruit is native in the South and Southeast Asian countries but is cultivated in tropical regions around the world. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh. Jackfruit is a relative to mulberry, breadfruit and fig.
Jackfruit is a composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers and its fleshy yellow orange petals are those that are eaten. It has a distinct sweet and fruity aroma. Its flesh is starchy and fibrous and the flavor can be described as a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana.
Ripe jackfruit has a naturally sweet taste and is used to make dishes like custards, cakes, and ice creams and can be mixed with shaved ice. The seeds of the ripe jackfruit are edible and they have milky, sweet taste. The seeds can be boiled, baked and roasted to be eaten as snack or to make desserts.
Nutritional Value of Jackfruit
Jackfruit contains lots of dietary fiber and it is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, B6 and C and minerals niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and potassium. It also has antioxidants.
Jackfruit has no saturated fat or cholesterol and is low in sodium and calories. Its pulp is composed of 74% water.
Health Benefits of Jackfruit
Jackfruit is a sweet, delicious and exotic fruit that gives remarkable benefits including the ability to enhance immunity, boost magnesium levels, and improve digestion.
Strengthens Immune System
The vitamin C and antioxidants found in jackfruit can strengthen the immune system and protect the body from many common diseases such as cough, cold and flu.
Because jackfruit is a high-fiber fruit, it can help improve digestion and prevent constipation by making the bulk laxative for easier pass through in the digestive tract.
Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The healthy dose of vitamin B6 found in jackfruit can reduce heart disease. Jackfruit contains potassium that reduces high blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart attack.
Promotes Bone Health
Jackfruit contains both magnesium and calcium that may help reduce risk of osteoporosis and ostepenia. A serving of jackfruit contains about 6 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. This can be strong source to prevent osteoporosis or other bone problems.
Helps Fight Cancer
Not only that the vitamins C and antioxidants including lignans, isoflavones and saponins in jackfruit can boost immune system, they also have cancer-fighting properties that ward off the effects of harmful free radicals.
Other Names for Jackfruit
Jackfruit, jack tree, jack
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